Obituary of Carmella Corona
Carmella “Dolly” Corona, 89, of Point Pleasant, passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by loved ones, on Saturday, August 18, 2018.
Born in Newark to the late Salvatore and Antoinette Malanga, she lived in Newark and then moved to Wanamassa before moving to Point Pleasant in 1965.
Dolly was a graduate of Essex County Vocational School of Art, where she was an outstanding student, class president, and voted, “Best Dressed.” After graduating, she worked as a display designer for Macy’s in New York City. She hand painted the windows and displays which showcased her enormous talent. After becoming a wife and mother, she continued to cultivate her artistic talent in her family’s business, Ocean County Music, Point Pleasant Beach, by creating beautiful holiday displays.
Dolly was a devoted and generous wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, friend, and neighbor. Her greatest joy was being a stay-at-home Mom, raising her five children whom she loved dearly. She was an amazing cook and took pride in providing her husband, children, and everyone who entered her home with healthy and robust Italian meals. She was always home after school to greet her children with a warm hug and words of encouragement. She loved taking care of her family and especially her grandchildren who absolutely adored her. Providing a loving and happy home was her main priority.
Dolly always had a smile on her face and went out of her way to help everyone she came in contact with whether it was a kind word, a small gift, or an entire four-course meal. She could often be found taking care of a sick neighbor, friend, or anyone in need.
The Church was a big part of her life and she instilled Catholic values in her children. She went to morning mass and said the rosary every day in addition to organizing a yearly pilgrimage to the Catholic shrines and cathedrals in Washington D.C.
For 66 years she was a member of the Girl Scouts of America serving as a Junior and Cadette leader in addition to serving as co-manager and then treasurer for the Point Pleasant Service Unit. She founded the Girl Scout Religious Recognitions program and was the coordinator for the Brownie and Junior Faith Days which taught young girls about faith and God. She received several top awards including the Thanks Badge, the organization’s top honor for adults, the Outstanding Volunteer Award, the Meritorious Service Award, the Silver Award, the Gold Pin, the Hidden Heroine Award, and the St. Ann Medal.
With her encouragement, all of her children participated in the school music programs in Point Pleasant Boro and she was an active member of the Point Pleasant Boro Band Boosters.
Dolly loved to sew, knit, and crochet and attended weekly get togethers with her crafting friends. She was also a big fan of old fashioned westerns. John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, and Charles Bronson were tops on her list. Let’s not forget her love of the Hallmark Channel. Yes, she was a hopeless romantic too.
Dolly was selfless, kind, and caring, and she had the biggest loving heart.
Heaven surely gained an Angel.
She was predeceased by her beloved husband of 49 years, Pasquale “Pat” Corona; daughter, Antoinette “Ann Marie” Bogan; granddaughter Michelle Conaty; and brother Lawrence “Larry” Malanga.
She is survived by her two daughters, Patricia Corona of Venice, FL and Maribeth Corona-Evans and her husband Vincent of Point Pleasant Beach and two sons, Michael Corona and his partner Grace May of Point Pleasant Beach and Salvatore Corona of Point Pleasant. Also surviving are her brother Carmine “Junior” Malanga; her sister Josephine Spiteri; five grandchildren, Lisa, Allison, Philip, Vincent, and Joel; and five great-grandchildren, Eban, Amedeo, Macayla, Caroline, and Jason.
Visitation will be 2 - 6 p.m., Sunday, August 26, at the Pable Evertz Funeral Home of Point Pleasant, 901 Beaver Dam Road. At 9:30 a.m., Monday, August 27, a Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated at the Church of Saint Martha, Point Pleasant, followed by interment at Saint Anne Cemetery, Wall.
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