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Christine Marie Zotti “Johnnie” (nee O’Connell), 55 of Summit, NJ, passed peacefully on January 9, 2023. Born in Denville, NJ, she was raised in Jefferson Township graduating from Jefferson Township High School in 1985. Christine received her B.A. degree from Montclair State University in 1990. She moved to Summit after graduating from college. Growing up, Christine spent much of her time at Lake Hopatcong where her love of the water was born. She spent her teenaged summers at Seaside Heights working on the boardwalk in the local arcades and staying with her beloved grandparents, the Morrissey’s, on Webster Avenue.
Christine met Christopher in 1998. She moved to Ashwood Avenue in Summit soon after they wed in 2001. She and Christopher welcomed Jack to their family in 2006. She worked for over 30 years with ADP, Automated Data Processing, in Parsippany, NJ who she felt was her second family.
An ardent fan of Bruce Springsteen, Christine never missed an opportunity to see her favorite band in concert, listen to their famous songs played in her house and lived by the lyric, “No retreat, baby, no surrender!” During the most difficult time in her life, no quote more epitomized her life struggles than No Retreat, No Surrender.
Christine was pre-deceased by her father, Michael William O’Connell and her brother, Michael Patrick O’Connell. She is survived by her husband, Christopher Blaise Zotti; her son, Jack; mother, Patricia Ann O’Connell; brother, Patrick Joseph O’Connell; mother-in-law, Therese Ann Zotti; brothers-in-law, Brian Zotti (Justen) and Keith Zotti (Ron); and her aunts by marriage, Marie Zotti and Jean Martin. She is also survived by her many loving cousins, especially Megan Morrissey and family & Matthew Morrissey and family.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, January 14, 2023 at 10:45 am at St. Teresa of Avila Church, 306 Morris Ave. Summit, NJ. Visiting hours Friday, 4 pm to 8 pm at Bradley Brough & Dangler Funeral Home, 299 Morris Ave. Summit, NJ. Entombment St. Teresa’s Cemetery, 136 Passaic Ave. Summit, NJ.
In lieu of flowers, the family requested that memorial donations be made to support Dr. Hai Sun’s cerebrovascular neurosurgery research and patient care at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Checks can be made payable to Rutgers University Foundation and mailed to Rutgers University Foundation, PO Box 193, New Brunswick, NJ 08903. donations can also be made online at https://give.rutgers.edu/HaiSun.
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