Ann Autorino, 95, of Montclair, formerly of Worcester, Massachusetts, passed away peacefully at Mountainside Hospital on March 22, 2017.
Born May 26, 1921, at home, in Worcester, she was the daughter of Maria and Maurizio Mercadante. After graduating from high school Ms. Autorino worked in retail. She also enjoyed the role of assistant to her brother Pasquale’s magic act, at one time performing for Henry Cabot Lodge. She married and became a stay-at-home mother, raising three sons with her husband in Montclair. For many years she worked as the food director for the Immaculate Conception schools in Montclair, retiring at age 80.
Ms. Autorino was noted for cooking big wonderful Italian dinners for family occasions and holidays.
She is survived by her husband of 74 years, Arthur Autorino; by her sons, Arthur and his wife, Georgia, of Eastham, Massachusetts; and Robert and his wife, Patricia, of North Caldwell; by her grandchildren, Alexandra Autorino Palek and her husband, Paul; Samantha Gogerty and her husband, Robert; John Autorino, Molly Autorino Krawczyk and her husband, Steven; Amelia Autorino and Jamie Autorino; and by her great-grandchildren Jaden, Jaclyn, Lucas and Nicholas Krawczyk, Quinn Palek and Rhea Gogerty. She is also survived by her sister, Jean Tait, and by many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her son Jack Autorino and by her brothers, Pasquale, Rocco and Louis Mercadante.
Visitation will take place on Sunday, March 26, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Caggiano Memorial Home, 62 Grove St., Montclair. A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, March 27, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Teresa of Calcutta – Church of the Immaculate Conception, 30 North Fullerton Ave., Montclair. Interment will be at Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Montclair.