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Gemma (nee Dirlinger), age 92, passed peacefully at her home on Thursday, May 8, 2014. Gemma was born on May 30, 1921 in Paterson, NJ, the daughter of Romualdo and Gaetana Dirlinger.
She was a resident of Fair Lawn for 63 years.
Gemma loved to travel and made numerous trips to her mother's birthplace in northern Italy. She was a dedicated volunteer with the Fair Lawn Senior Center and was President of the Monday Golden Circle Club for many years, planning and coordinating all their special activities. Her greatest joy was entertaining her family and friends and will always be remembered for the delicious meals and desserts she prepared and served from her tiny kitchen.
Gemma was predeceased by her husband of 41 years Theodore Cristiano and daughter Barbara Cristiano. She will be greatly missed by her daughter Nancy and son-in-law Joseph Salvi; grandchildren Dawn Fanella, Kimberly DeSalvo, Kathleen Davis, Stephanie Kohlenstein, and Douglas Salvi; great-grandchildren Dustin, Angelina, Gabriella, Owen, Camden, Aschton, Conor, and Gemma Rose; and her companion for many years Peter Waddell.
Family and friends are invited to a Memorial Mass to celebrate Gemma's life on Friday, May 30, 2014, at 11 AM at St. Catharine's R.C. Church, 905 South Maple Avenue, Glen Rock, NJ 07452. Donations may be made in her memory to Passaic Valley Hospice, 783 Riverview Drive, Box 1007, Totowa, NJ 07511.
Published in The Record/Herald News on May 28, 2014