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Emma  Grassia
Emma Grassia

November 18, 1929 - March 4, 2019
Born in Brooklyn, NY
Resided in Stillwater, NJ


Emma B. Grassia, of Stillwater, NJ, peacefully passed away on March 4, 2019, at the age of 89.

Emma was born in Brooklyn, NY, on Nov 18, 1929. She was a longtime resident of Staten Island, NY, and had resided in Stillwater, NJ, since 1981. As a devout Catholic, Emma graduated from both Notre Dame Academy and Notre Dame College on Staten Island, NY.

The greatest joy in Emmas life was the pride she had in her family from witnessing their happiness and accomplishments. She was a beloved mother of five, grandmother of nine and great-grandmother of six.

Emma utilized her education to educate others and was a steadily employed substitute teacher at more than six public schools over fifty-eight years, both on Staten Island and in Sussex County. She was often requested by name by teachers and staff due to her ability to handle a wide variety of classes.

Her stories of family, classic movies, vacations, teaching and current events as well as her “spark” and love for life will be forever cherished by her family.

Emma was predeceased by her husband Joseph Grassia on August 9, 1983. She leaves behind her five children: son, Richard Grassia (Janet) of Staten Island, NY, daughter, Joanne R. Grassia of Northampton, MA, daughter, Barbara Grassia of Indianapolis, IN, daughter, Margaret Gray (Doug) of Oakdale, NY and son, John Grassia (Linda) of Byram Twp, NJ; and her loving grandchildren: Keith Grassia, Kenneth Grassia, Aubrey Dietel, Rachel Callan, Sarah Callan, Justin Gray, Kyle Grassia, Luke Reid-Grassia and Jillian Grassia. She also leaves behind her brothers, Paul Scaturro (Gina) and Phil Scaturro of Staten Island, NY.

Emma will be greatly missed by her entire family and will never be forgotten.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 11, 2019, at the Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, 63 High Street, Newton. Interment will follow in Stillwater Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Sunday, March 10, 2019, from 2 to 5 p.m. and Monday, March 11, 2019, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

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Smith-McCracken Funeral Home
63 High Street
Newton, NJ 07860
Sunday, March 10, 2019
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Monday, March 11, 2019
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Smith-McCracken Funeral Home
63 High Street
Newton, NJ 07860
Monday, March 11, 2019
11:00 AM

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