Obituaries: Therese P. Shaw


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Therese P. Shaw (nee Pallitta) entered into eternal life on April 29, 2010, at home surrounded by her husband, children, grandchildren, caretakers, and pets. She was 83 years old.

Therese was born and raised in the Clinton Hill section of Newark and graduated from Good Counsel High School. She worked for the phone company, then married her sweetheart on June 14, 1947 after he returned home from the Navy and WWII. She leaves behind her loving husband John J. Shaw and eight children, son John C. and wife Dawn and grandchildren Nicole and Krista; son Robert A. and wife Roberta and grandchildren Jennifer and husband Richard Lupinacci, Ryan, John Joseph, and Katelyn; son Kevin and his wife Christine, grandchildren Elizabeth and husband Robert Ricafort, Peter and his wife Megan, and Bryan; son William and his wife Kathleen, grandchildren Emily and Mary; daughter MaryEllen and her husband Andy Krahel, grandchildren Andy and Lisa; son Christopher; daughter Karen; daughter Therese and her husband Michael Passifiume, grandchildren PFC Michael (USMC), Ashley, Nicholas, and Trevor, as well as great grandchildren Joseph, Tristan, Joelle, and Kevin.

She was predeceased by her sister Kathleen Brophy, brother Joseph Pallitta, and sister Adorisia Hill.

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Therese was a wonderful mother and wife who devoted her life to her family. She was a devout Catholic who passed on her faith and strength to her children. Everyone was always welcome in her home and felt loved and embraced in her attention. It was a joy to see her and Jack together and we learned the true meaning of marriage and love by their example. They were still sweethearts after 63 years of marriage. Therese’s children, sons and daughters- in-law, grandchildren and great grandchildren have been so blessed and grateful to have known her and we loved her dearly.

The family is very grateful for caretakers Jocelyn, Chris, and Claudette, whose wonderful and loving care has allowed Therese to stay home with her family.

Viewing will be at Prout Funeral Home, Verona, on Sunday, from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m.

A funeral mass will be held at St. Catherine of Siena R.C. Church in Cedar Grove on Monday, May 3 at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington. In lieu of flowers, you may make a donation to the Verona Rescue Squad or the St. Barnabas Hospice Program.

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected]


  1. so sorry to hear of Mrs. Shaw’s passing – I grew up on Cumberland Avenue and played “spud” with the Shaw’s, Horrigan’s, Bennell’s and numerous other groups of kids – times have really changed …

  2. I can’t believe that I had to look up the rules for spud on Wikipedia. But I wish I could learn to be like the adults of Mrs. Shaw’s era, who depended on us kids to learn these rules and entertain ourselves.


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