HACKENSACK, N.J. -- Antoinette T. Enrico, of Hackensack, passed away peacefully Wednesday, July 13, 2016, at the age of 94.
She was born in Hoboken, raised in Union City and lived most of her life in Hackensack, surrounded by a loving community of family and friends.
After graduating from St. Michael's High School, she went on to earn a BA from St. Elizabeth's College and a MA from Montclair State Teacher's College. Always interested in learning, she earned additional credits from Columbia and New York University. She led the English Department at Ridgewood's Benjamin Franklin Junior High School. She created the student literary magazine, organized the variety show for several years and served as a mentor to many younger teachers.
Before going to Ridgewood and teaching English, she started her career at St. Michael's High School and Union Hill High School in Union City teaching biology.
An active congregant of Holy Trinity Church, she taught religion to high school students. She was engaged with the homeless program, the Christmas Giving Tree and Christmas Gifts for Prisoners through the Social Concerns Committee. She also belonged to the Rosary Society, serving as president for two years. She took on the leadership roles of secretary and vice president with the Trinity Council Columbiettes #747.
At Hackensack University Medical Center, she volunteered in pastoral care for four years. She also volunteered as a tutor at Holy Trinity School and helped at carnival time.
She was predeceased by her parents, Noel (1943) and Clelia (1975); brother, Robert (2007); sister-in-law Ugolina (2014); cousin Joseph (1989) and his wife Judith (1978).
She is survived by various cousins and friends.
The funeral will begin on at 9:45 a.m. Monday from the G. Thomas Gentile Funeral Service, 397 Union St., Hackensack. There will be a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity R.C. Church, 34 Maple Ave., Hackensack. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in North Arlington. The family will receive friends from 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, kindly send donations to St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry, 497 Maitland Ave., Teaneck, NJ 07666.
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