Clara A. Thompson, 82, of Montville, NJ, passed away on January 5, 2019. A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Peter the Apostle Church, 179 Baldwin Rd, in Parsippany on Friday, January 10 at 12:30pm. Interment is private. Friends are invited to visit at Bradley-Braviak Funeral Home, 49 Whippany Rd., in Whippany from 10am to 12pm prior to the Mass
Born in Montefusco, Italy, the daughter of Fedele and Carmela (Pisano) Stanziale, Clara came to the United States when she was 15. First settling in Belleville, NJ, she also live in Newark, NJ, Bound Brook, NJ, and South Plainfield, NJ, before moving to Montville. In her early years, Clara worked at American Tag Company before leaving to raise her family. She loved cooking, Elvis, live concerts, sporting events and her sweets, but most of all loved being with her family.
Clara was the beloved wife of 55 years to the late Gordon Thompson. She was the loving mother of the late Wanda Quadrel, Donna Mazzaro, Mark Thompson and his fiancé Maria Auguliar, and Karen Wenz and her husband Adam. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Ryan, Christopher, Steven, Christine, Joseph, Jessica, Corey, Douglas, Melissa, Brianna and Dylan, great grandchildren, Aryan, Rohan, Emily, Olivia, Rylie, Daniel, and Vanessa, and dear siblings, Wanda Gasperini, Elsie Stanziale, Bruno Stanziale, Italo Stanziale, and Mirella Kralovich. In lieu of flowers, donations in Clara’s memory may be made to the International Waldenstrom’s Macroglobulinemia Foundation (IWMF), 6144 Clark Center Ave., Sarasota, FL 34238.