ANDOVER - Maureen DeBergh Avondoglio, 80, of Andover, died peacefully on April 23, 2013, surrounded by her family.
Born Feb. 3, 1933, in Newton, to Aida Perona and Maurice DeBergh, Maureen grew up in West Orange, where her parents owned and operated The Moresque restaurant. Maureen attended West Orange High School and graduated from Michigan State University
in 1954. She spent many weekends and summers in Andover at Perona Farms, which her grandparents, Emil and Angiolina Perona, founded in 1917.
It was during one of these summers that Maureen met New Yorker Victor Avondoglio, whom she married in April of 1955. Maureen and Victor purchased Perona Farms from Maureen's parents in 1968. They started with seven employees. Over the years they enlarged the size of the restaurant and focused on promoting weddings and banquets and employed 80 people. Maureen retired in 1986, selling the business to the children. Maureen and Victor traveled and spent most of the cold New Jersey winters at their home in Florida.
Maureen will be remembered for her "tell it like it is" philosophy and her loving sense of humor. She enjoyed reading, gardening, crafts, playing bridge, traveling and entertaining. Maureen made beautiful egg ornaments, which she proudly gave to friends and family for Christmas, until Multiple Sclerosis made the tiny tasks involved with egg decorating too hard to endure.
Maureen was an active member in the community, participating in the Junior Women's Club and chairing a yearly golf outing to benefit Camp Nejeda. She was a member of the PTA and Newton Country Club, and a supporter of Andover Wrestling and Lackawanna Little League.
Surviving Maureen are her beloved husband of 58 years, Victor; four children, Mark and his companion, Janice Stevens, Wade and his wife, Virginia Secrist, Kirk and his wife, Mary Robinson, Tracey Ivaldi and her companion, Michael Thom; and 10 beautiful grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 30, at Good Shepherd R.C. Church, Route 517, Andover Borough. Visitation will be held from 2 to 5 and 7 to 10 p.m. Monday, April 29, at the Good Shepherd R.C. Church.
Memorial donations may be made to Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, 99 Sparta Ave., Newton, N.J. 07860; St. Jude Children's Research Program, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105; MS Research of Northern Jersey, 1 Kalisa Way, Suite 205, Paramus, N.J. 07652; Newton Medical Center Foundation, 175 High St., Newton, N.J. 07860; or Camp Nejeda, 910 Saddleback Road, Newton, N.J. 07860.
Arrangements are under the direction of Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, 63 High St., Newton. Online condolences may be offered at www.smithmccrackenfuneralhome.com