Paola Giorgiantonio, 89, of Matawan, New Jersey, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Saturday, September 25, 2021. She was born Paola Contestabile on March 12, 1932, in Rocca Di Mezza, Italy. Paola grew up in France, where she met her beloved husband, Enrico. Paola and Enrico were married on June 16, 1951, in France, where they remained to start their family. On February 21, 1961, they immigrated to the United States, starting in Detroit, Michigan for a short time, before relocating to Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. In 1982, she and her family settled in Matawan, New Jersey. While living in Matawan, Paola was the proud owner of Pauline’s Restaurant for many years. In her spare time, Paola enjoyed spending time gambling at her favorite casino, The Borgata, in Atlantic City, especially on the flaming 7’s slot machine. Most of all, Paola was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, and great grandmother. She will be deeply missed and never forgotten.
She was predeceased by her parents, Vincenzo and Maria Olga Contestabile and her beloved husband, Enrico Giorgiantonio. Paola is survived by her loving children, Serge Giorgiantonio and his wife, Evana, of Staten Island, New York, Vivian Ruggiero and her husband, Rocco, of Little Silver, Enrico P. Giorgiantonio and his wife, Lisa, of Whiting, Patrick Vincenzo Giorgiantonio of Matawan, and Paula Maietta and her husband, Rocco, of Matawan, and her dear brother, Giannino Contestabile. Paola also leaves behind her cherished grandchildren, Christina Forlenza and her husband, Jason, Franky Ruggiero and his wife, Susan, Eric Ruggiero and his wife, Angie, Francesca Ruggiero, Rocky Ruggiero, Lauren Giorgiantonio, Erica Diamond and her husband, Neil, Marc Giorgiantonio and his wife, Jessica, Rocky Maietta, Giuliana Maietta, and Luciano Maietta, and 8 adored great grandchildren.
Family and friends are invited to visit on Sunday, October 3, 2021, from 2:00 to 6:00 PM and Monday morning, October 4, 2021 from 9:00 to 9:45 AM at Shore Point Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 3269 State Highway/Route 35 North, Hazlet, New Jersey 07730. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Monday morning, October 4, 2021, at 10:30 AM at Most Holy Redeemer Church, 133 Amboy Road, Matawan, New Jersey 07747. Entombment will follow at 12:30 pm at Woodbridge Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, US Highway 1 North, Woodbridge, New Jersey 07095. In lieu of flowers, donations in loving memory of Paola to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, www.stjude.org, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, www.komen.org, or a charitable organization of your choice would be greatly appreciated. For information, directions, or to send condolences to the family, please visit, www.shorepointfh.com.
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