Antonia Gorga (nee Campiglia) age 66 of Wayne passed away peacefully on Friday March 3rd, 2017 with her loving family by her side.
Antonia was born in Sala Consilina, Italy. She struggled early in her life, her mom had passed away when she was only twelve years old. Her father told her that he was going to work in Venezuela but never returned. Antonia was left to be raised by her grandmother, who passed on from her previous generations a strong work ethic and the idea that there is nothing more important than family.
While growing up in Sala Consilina, at about the age of thirteen, Antonia met a young man by the name of Giacinto “Gino” Gorga. They met in the Piazza in Sala Consilina which happened to be Gino’s twentieth birthday. You could probably say that it was love at first sight, immediately Gino wanted to speak with her. However, Antonia being only thirteen years old, told Gino that he would have to come to the house where she lived with her grandmother and speak with her there. One week later Gino and his parents went to Antonia’s house to share a meal. While they were there, Antonia was preparing the sauce, grinding up tomatoes and including the skin of the tomatoes as well. Gino saw this and told her that he didn’t like the skin and that she shouldn’t put it in the sauce. This sort of set the tone for their relationship.
Gino and Antonia dated for about six months and unfortunately broke up. Five years later, while Gino was in the United States, in 1969 to visit his sister Maria, he wrote letters to Antonia saying that he couldn’t stop thinking about her and that he wanted to marry her. Antonia wrote back to him saying that she wanted to marry him but he would have to come back to Italy if he really wanted her. On September 28, 1969, Gino flew back to Italy and on December 27, 1969 Gino and Antonia were husband and wife. They were married only a short time when they decided that there was a better life waiting for them in America. On October 13, 1971 Antonia and Gino, without being able to speak a word of English bravely left behind their life in Italy to travel to the United States in search of the American Dream. Antonia was also a couple of months pregnant with her first child, unbeknownst to her.
They settled in Paterson when they first arrived in a small attic apartment. Gino got a job washing dishes in a small restaurant called the Mona Lisa in West Paterson. Paterson was the place they would call their home for many years and raise their two children, Teresa and Giuseppe. Antonia quickly settled into the role she would keep and dedicate herself the rest of her life, a homemaker. Gino later moved in to the business of construction and worked long hours. No matter what time Gino got home from work, there was also a clean house and a hot home cooked dinner on the table. Being a devoted mom and wife seemed to come very natural to Antonia. She had dinner on the table at 5:30 every day for her family Monday through Saturday. Sunday dinners were always at two o’clock sharp and not a minute after. Antonia had a strong dedication to her faith as well. While living in Paterson for many years they were parishioners of St Mary’s RC Church and later at St. Gerard’s RC Church also in Paterson. Eventually Gino and Antonia move to the Town of Wayne, where they have lived for the last fourteen years.
Antonia was an amazing cook, her daughter Teresa Giudice has four cook books published, all of them influenced by her mom. One of them with the title “Fabulicious” includes a photo of the family’s three generation together, Antonia, Teresa and her granddaughter Gia. Antonia enjoyed traveling with her family all throughout the Caribbean, Punta Cana being one of her favorite places. She was very fortunate to have spent her last vacation there in November of 2016. To say that Antonia was devoted to her family would be an understatement. She never missed a family gathering, birthday or holiday. While her son Giuseppe, “Joey”, who she affectionately called “Jovi”, was growing up, she never missed a football game or sporting event he played. Her son Joe would always look to the crowd for his mom and she was always there. Antonia would always say that every game she hear the announcer shout, “Touch-a-down Joe Gorga.” Later when Joe went to work in construction, he too would work long hours like his dad did, sometimes coming home past eleven o’clock at night, but his mom would always get up out of bed and make him something fresh to eat.
Antonia fell into roll of grandmother with great ease, there was nothing more precious to her than her grandchildren. Antonia and Giacinto cherished forty-eight years of loving and loyal marriage. There was a classic beauty about Antonia, but at the same time a quiet innocence as well, and she could always make you laugh. Antonia always put her family first even before herself. She was a truly selfless person. She was extraordinarily sweet yet wonderfully simple as well. She touched the lived of so many people and will be sincerely missed everyone that knew her.
Antonia was the loving wife of Giacinto Gorga of Wayne for 47 years, devoted mother of her son Giuseppe Gorga and his wife Melissa of Montville, and her daughter Teresa Giudice and her husband Giuseppe of Towaco, cherished grandmother to Gia Giudice, Gabriella Giudice, Milania Giudice, Audriana Giudice, Antonia Gorga, Giuseppe Gorga, and Gino Gorga.
Funeral services and visitation will be held privately.”
We continue to keep Teresa, her brother, and their families at the forefront of our thoughts and prayers.
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