Claire A. Tomeo, Long-Time OLL Teacher


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TomeoMrs. Claire A. Tomeo died on Saturday, July 5, 2014. A funeral mass will be offered in Our Lady of the Lake Church, Verona on Tuesday, July 8 at 10 a.m. Visiting in the Prout Funeral Home, 370 Bloomfield Avenue, Verona on Monday from 5 to 8 p.m.

Born and raised in Jersey City, Mrs. Tomeo moved to Verona in 1957. She had a bachelors degree in French and English from Caldwell College.

Mrs. Tomeo devoted her life to children, having taught at Dickinson High School in Jersey City for eight years and at Our Lady of the Lake School in Verona for 30 years, retiring in 2004.

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Mrs. Tomeo was predeceased by her sister, Margaret O’Toole and her brothers, William O’Toole and the Reverend Edward O’Toole.

She is survived by her husband, Benjamin G. Tomeo, her children David G. Tomeo (and his wife, Robin), Aline Dymkowski (and her husband, Joseph), Robert Tomeo (and his wife, Christina) and her grandchildren, David, Joseph, Alyssa, Christopher, Brandon, Emily, Stephen and Isabella.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Verona Rescue Squad, 12 Church Street, Verona, NJ 07044, would be appreciated.

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  1. Mrs. Tomeo taught both my daughters at OLL and was well respected for her firm, yet caring, ways. As parents we all appreciated these traits in her.
    She will be sorely missed.
    Prayers are with her family.

  2. Mrs. Tomeo was my teacher almost 30 years ago, and I still clearly remember her voice, her mannerisms, her enthusiasm, and her high standards. She is one of the reasons I became an English teacher myself, and she remains the standard I aspire to meet.
    Just last weekend, I happened upon another one of her former students (10 years my junior), and we reminisced about how wonderful a teacher Mrs. Tomeo was. The number of lives she touched is astounding, and her memory will live on in each of them. Sending comfort and love to her family and friends.

  3. Saddened to hear of Mrs. Tomeo’s passing. An amazing teacher. I wish peace and comfort to her family in the knowledge of how many lives she’s influenced. We’re better for having been her students.

  4. It is a sad day for the OLL community, Mrs Tomeo was one of the best teachers OLL ever had. She taught both my children and they remember her with love and respect for the lessons they learned.

    She was a lady who found her calling in life and did it well!

    May she rest in peace! Thank you Claire!

  5. One of the most influential people in my life. I was very fortunate to have been blessed with having her as a teacher and I think of her often when I teach my students.

    She was an amazing woman who taught faith by doing not just saying, she accomplished any goal she wanted to acquire, and she loved children by not just pampering them but challenging them and holding them accountable.

    I hope to measure up as both a teacher and a person. My family says prays for
    her and her family.

    Mark Rossi


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