Theresa Castaldi, 97, of Netcong passed away peacefully on Sunday September 25, 2022 at St. Clare's Hospital, Denville Campus surrounded by her loving family.
Born in Netcong on March 21, 1925 to the late Emelio and Josephine (Arbolino) Rea, Theresa was a lifelong Netcong resident. She graduated from Glassboro State Teacher's College which is now Rowan University. She was a beloved school teacher at Netcong Elementary School for 30 years before retiring in 1990. A devoted parishioner at St. Michael Church in Netcong, Theresa served as a Eucharistic Minister for many years and was a member of St. Michael's Sunday Collection Counting Committee.
Theresa was also a member of the Morris County Retired Teachers Association, the NJ Retired Education Association and the National Education Association. Theresa was a past member of the Netcong Board of Health and present member of the Netcong-Stanhope Senior Citizens.
She was predeceased by her husband Louis, sister Peggy, brothers Emelio, Sam and Vince, niece Antoinette "Toni" DiRupo and nephew Vincent Dalessandro.
Survivors include daughter Cheryl Lester and husband Steve, son Lou Castaldi and wife Melissa, grandchildren Christopher Lester, Jennifer Kravitz and Joseph and Andrew Castaldi, great grandchildren Sophie, Oliver, Parker and Luke and sisters Marie DiRupo and Dolores Dalessandro and husband Ben. Also surviving are many loving cousins, nieces and nephews.
Theresa's Life Celebration will include visiting on Thursday September 29, 2022 from 3:00-7:00 PM at Leber-Lakeside Funeral Home, 150 Landing Road, Landing, NJ. A funeral Mass will be offered on Friday September 30, 2022 beginning at 11:00 AM at St. Michael RC Church, 4 Church Street, Netcong, NJ. Theresa will be laid to rest at Stanhope Union Cemetery in Mt. Olive Township. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to St. Michael Church, 4 Church Street, Netcong, NJ 07857.