Sabbatina ‘Tina’ Astone
On July 13th, 2018, Sabbatina Astone passed into glory, at the age of 89.
Born in Jersey City, New Jersey to Luigina Desiderio Astone and Gaetano Astone on May 16th, 1929, she had cerebral palsy.
Sabbatina, also known as ‘Tina,’ lived in Vineland, N.J. for 52 years, and at the Morias Group Home in Millville, N.J. for the last 30 years, where she attended the Active Day program.
She is remembered there with fondness by staff and housemates alike, who considered her to be their “Grandmom.”
Sabbatina was a friendly, funny, loving, strong, and welcoming woman; she loved hugs and holding hands.
She was considerate and sensitive of her caretakers.
When things got complex and difficult, they quoted her as saying, “Honey, you sure you can manage?”
In 2013, when her group home came under new ownership, Tina became a representative for the quality of living in the home,
to her state appointed guardian.
Because of her comments and observations, their household became more quickly and smoothly stabilized during the transition.
She was also known to have loved to eat, spaghetti-and-meatballs being one of her favorite dishes.
She enjoyed playing the game Connect Four, and Slots in Atlantic City.
Sabbatina was feisty; and carefully protective of her pocket book collection and her other belongings.
She loved her baby dolls, her colorful crayons, and the coloring books that were given to her.
And she enjoyed being with her “people,” her family.
She is predeceased by her twin brother, Victorio Astone; and two of her brothers Louis ‘Gino’ Astone and Italo Astone;
as well as her sisters-in-law Louise Christinziani Astone and Romaine Waite Astone, and her brother-in-law Peter Signorello.
Tina is also predeceased by her cousin Carmelo Iachelli, her nephews Thomas Astone and Thomas ‘Richard’ Astone,
and her grand nephew Derek Price.
She is survived by her brother Lisandro ‘Alex’ Astone, her sisters Sylvia Signorello and Josephine Cicero,
and her sisters-in-law Catherine Barrett Astone, Rae Donnarumma Astone, and Ann Proto Astone.
Sabbatina is also survived by nieces and nephews (and their spouses) Louise Mellilo (Frank), Irene Price(John), Edmund Astone, Michael Astone (Janice), Patrick Astone (June), Cathie DeLuca (Mike), Donna Genovese (Anthony), Diana Bradley (Bobby), Gina Savage (Ashem), Robert Astone (Kathy), Denise Angebrandt (Kenny), Gina Bussell (Bruce), Michael Signorello, Janet Cicero, Jeffrey Cicero (Shannon), and Douglas Cicero (Thesa); her cousin-in-law Brenda Iachelli;
and her second cousins John Iachelli (Carol) and C.J.Iachelli (Jennifer).
She had 30 grand nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to one of the RETT Syndrome organizations,
"Accelerating Research, Empowering Families":
International Rett Syndrome Foundation, 4600 Devitt Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio 45246 ( RETTsyndrome.org ) or
New Jersey Rett Syndrome Association, 417 Brickyard Road, Freehold, New Jersey 07728 ( www.NJRSA.org )