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Diane P. Cifelli
November 23, 2023
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Diáne P. Cifelli, formerly of Harrison, NJ peacefully entered into eternal rest surrounded by her loving family on Thursday, November 23, 2023.
The funeral will be conducted from the Mulligan Funeral Home, 331 Cleveland Avenue Harrison, NJ on Saturday, December 2, 2023 at 9:15 am. A funeral mass will be offered at Holy Cross Church, Harrison at 10:00 am. Her entombment will follow in Holy Cross Chapel Mausoleum, North Arlington. Friends and relatives may visit from 4:00 to 8:00 pm Friday, December 1st and Saturday morning after 8:30 am.
Born in New York City to Philip and Diáne Gulder, Diáne was raised in Kearny before moving to Harrison when she was married. She later moved to Cranford, and then to Middletown two years ago.
Diáne started her career as a teacher at St. Cecilia’s School in Kearny. She then worked for the Harrison Board of Education as a 5th Grade Teacher for many years, as well as serving as a Truancy Officer for the Board. She attended high school at Mount Saint Dominick’s, Caldwell College for Women, and later Jersey City State College where she earned a Masters Degree in Reading.
She was a member of many organizations locally, including: The Harrison Board of Education, Harrison Cancer League, Harrison Lions Club, The Arlington Players Club and was most proud of serving in the Girls Scouts of America in many capacities for over 70 years.
In her own words, Diáne, “Loved nature, trees, sunsets, birds, books, children, home, family, lakes, playing tennis, swimming, her country house and participating in anything to do with the Girl Scouts.”
Diáne is survived by her loving daughter Beth Cifelli-Lambe, and son in law Louis Lambe, cherished grandchildren, Gabrielle and Patrick, adored pets, Max and Sasha. She was predeceased by her husband Thomas J. Cifelli in 2005 and her parents, Philip and Diáne Guldner.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to The Harrison Lions Club in care of the funeral home, in loving memory of Diáne. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.mulliganfh.com