Edna Lucia Allena passed away at home Tuesday, December 23, 2014 following a short illness wrapped in the love of her family, which will miss "Gram" terribly. Edna was born in Somerville to Elma and John Rosania. She was the oldest of 11 children. She was a 1941 graduate of Somerville High School, where she met and later married Andy. They celebrated 55 years of marriage while raising 6 sons. Along with devoting her time to her family, Edna also contributed to her community. She was a Red Cross worker during World War II, a volunteer at Immaculate Conception School, and a member of the Rosary Altar Society.
Edna served on the Somerville Borough Council from 1976 thru 1981 and was the first female president of the council. As a member of the council, she helped initiate the revitalization project, senior housing and served as police commissioner. She also served one term on the Board of Education. Edna enjoyed traveling with Andy, especially Super Bowls, and in later years their winter home in Sarasota Florida. She was a extraordinary baker, her specialty nut and poppy seed cake at Christmas time was always a hit. She was devoted to her family, church and town.
Edna was predeceased by her son Andy Jr. and husband Andy Sr. She is survived by her 5 sons David of Somerville, Thomas of Santa Fe, NM, Peter (Kathleen) of Somerville, Chris of Somerville, and Paul (Marilyn) of Easton, Pa. She is also survived by grand children Ian (Taryn), Eric (Tammy), Rebecca (Victor II), Kristyn (Edy), Karen, Ashley, Isabella, and Evan; great-grandchildren: Tres, Tyler, Casey, Adrianna, Elle, Andrew, and Cody; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great nephews. Also surviving is her beloved sister Marie Bernabe, and brothers John, Stanley, Bernie, and James Rosania, as well as many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sister Ethel and brothers Richard, Ronald, Dale, and Michael Rosania.
Visiting hours are 2-4 and 7-9 Sunday December 28, at Cusick Funeral Home, 80 Mountain Ave., Somerville, NJ. Following a service at funeral home Monday, a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 at Immaculate Conception Church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Kidney Foundation or the American Diabetes Association .
Cusick Funeral Home
80 Mountain Avenue Somerville, NJ 08876
Published in Courier News from Dec. 26 to Dec. 27, 2014
Peter M. Allena
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