Phyllis Rose (Schettino) La Morte, devoted mother and grandmother, passed away Monday evening, January 9, 2023, at age 75, with her children by her side.
Born in California, Phyllis grew up in Newark, NJ, and was a loving wife and mother who loved to entertain and spend time with her family and those friends who, to her, were also family. A true music lover, Phyllis loved Elvis, 50s doo-wop, and Englebert Humperdinck. Many nights were passed at local oldies concerts with friends and family.
To know Phyllis is to know that she loved her family. Indeed she was most comfortable at home surrounded by the people she loved the most. She was predeceased by her loving husband of 29 years, Peter La Morte, her parents, Thomas and Anna (Cerullo) Schettino, and her younger sister, Michele Schettino. She is survived by her two children, Pasquale La Morte and his wife Lorraine of Casselberry, FL, and her daughter, Nicole Gaspar and her husband, Nuno of Brick Twp, NJ; five grandchildren: Julia, Megan, and Caroline La Morte and Anthony and Giovanni Gaspar; and sister, Lucille Ponsoda, of Springfield, NJ.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a visitation for Phyllis at Galante Funeral Home, 2800 Morris Ave. Union on Friday, January 13, 2023, from 2-4 PM and 7-9 PM. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Theresa’s Church in Kenilworth on Saturday, January 14, 2023, at 11:30 AM. Interment will follow at Graceland Memorial Park.
In honor of Phyllis, her family is asking that people consider donating to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, as she donated to St. Jude annually in memory of her sister.