Lydia Pizzulli Gradone-Golubov
September 26, 1944 - March 30, 2013
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Lydia Pizzulli Gradone Golubov before passing on Saturday, March 30th, Lydia Pizzulli Gradone Golubov of Oceanport had forged a 68 year trail of generosity, love, compassion, kindness and wisdom. She was more than just a hero to her family and friends: she was their role model and she loved every single one of them more …
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Thomas W. Burkman left a message on April 5, 2014:
I met Lydia the first day of kindergarten at Garfield School in Long Branch, in 1949. We were classmates through the grades at Garfield School. We were both children of clergymen who insisted that their children exhibit the high standards of the faith. Our mothers were alike in requiring strict behavioral norms. Because of or despite all this, Lydia was always a lively and lovable person. We had the privilege of meeting up in the 1980s and laughing as we reminisced about growing up in Long Branch. Her sister Lois was also a friend I held in high esteem. Though I saw little of Lydia in adult life, she remains a happy memory. Tommy
Frank Calabria Jr and Family left a message on April 3, 2014:
Dearest Lydia, Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of things you have done for me and my family. Your extraordinary efforts to help BA and I buy a home (a place to start our family) put me in the very chair from which I write this note. I sit hear full of pride knowing that I had the opportunity to work with and for such an amazing person. Your dedication, honesty, integrity, were an example to so many. You probably never realized the vast amount of people you have touched and helped in your lifetime. I can honestly tell you that the world is not as good of a place without you in it. Fortunately, your legacy will live on in the hearts and minds of the family and friends that were privileged to be a part of your life. I am so sad and regretful that I didn't have a chance to to say good bye in person. In fact, there are a lot of things I wish could have happened differently. Dearest Gina, Jodi, Joe and family, I am at a loss for words to properly explain the way I feel. I am sure I wasn't the only one who believed Lydia would ever succumb to anything, always believing that she could and would be back on her feet again soon. I was shocked and saddened to receive the news two days after it happened. I apologize that we have been out of town and not able to pay my respects in person. If there is anything I can do for you, please don't hesitate to let me know. After all your family has done for mine, it would be an honor. My Deepest Sympathy, Frank Calabria Jr
Ellen Lucia-Johnson left a message on April 2, 2014:
Dear Lois, I am very sorry to hear of the recent passing of Lydia. Know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I shall never forget the three of us walking home from school together. Love, Ellen
diane karpus left a message on April 2, 2014:
We moved next to Lydia and Joe 19 years ago with our two young boys and one obnoxious, untrainable brown labador that constantly ran through her garden. She accepted our loud family with a sense of humor and love. She was a strong, smart and compassionate lady and we will miss her terribly! We were blessed to have lived next door to such a wonderful woman. Joe, Gina and Jodi we hope the beautiful memories of your wife and mother will help you through this painful time.
Miriam Silva and Eunice Ritchotti left a message on April 2, 2014:
Our condolences go out to Lydia's family. Our prayers are with all of you. Lydia was a beautiful person inside and out and she will be remembered for her bright and beautiful smile. We will miss her dearly. Her cousins, Miriam and Eunice
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Paula Baron left a message on April 2, 2014:
My deepest condolences to my family in New Jersey, on the passing of our beautiful cousin "Lydia". Her Mom was my Aunt Jean (my Father's eldest Sister)who Lydia will now join in heavenly peace. My memories of my Dad's family extend back to when Aunt Jean would come and visit with my Cousin Joy. We had such a fun time together. Joy and Frank talked with me about a possible reunion, but unfortunately that never happened. My heart goes out to the children of Lydia, and all my cousins in New Jersey. Even though we live miles apart, we share in your sorrow at this time. Love, Cousin Paula & Candace (Bristol, CT)
Edward McGittigan and Brianna McGittigan left a message on April 2, 2014:
A candle was lit by Edward McGittigan and Brianna McGittigan on 2014/04/02
Eileen Jones left a message on April 2, 2014:
Dear Jodi and Gina, I was so sorry to hear about the passing of your mom through Arlene. She was an extraordinary person, with always a smile on her face and a big hello. We shared some stories about "twins" during our conversations, some in comparisons. May God bless her soul and encircle you all with the His arms to comfort you during this very hard time.
Joan Madison left a message on April 2, 2014:
Dearest Lydia, As you recently said to me that you and I have known each other longer than half our lives and that you were blessed to have me in your life, not only as your secretary, but as a sister, dear friend and confidant and I told you I felt the same way. I cherish all of our working years together, our many personal conversations, laughs, tears and the fun we had for the past several years attending the Real Estate Convention together. I could go on and on. I love you very much and you will always have a special place in my heart forever. I will miss you terribly but I know that you are not suffering and you are at peace. So very blessed am I to have had you in my life and I will think of you every day. You are a beautiful angel and I know you will be watching over me. Always with love, Joan
Donnie Vincelli left a message on April 1, 2014:
I have loved Lydia always. She was just so resoundingly smart and pretty. So thereabouts, in the 1st grade (she was in kindergarten), I got in trouble with the school principal for kissing Lydia on the cheek without her permission, then running away, like the frightened child I was. True to form, Lydia did not hesitate to tell on me. [She has always done the right thing, when demanded of her} Big sister, Lois and I were good friends throughout those formative years. As I would often visit on Chelsea Avenue as a 8-9 year-old, it was with great fear and trepidation; of their dad and especially their mom....for she had known what transpired between Lydia and I years earlier. I would prefer the principal anytime, but notwithstanding that, I still visited anyway. I had the pleasure recently to be re-introduced to little-sister Joy, who was just a baby when I used to visit Chelsea Avenue regularly during the early '50's. Moving forward, since 1995, Lydia has been my real Estate agent and confidante. As such, when I purchased my current home It was through Brokers 3. And regarding this same home, for the past 2 years Lydia has been there for me with invaluable assistance, going far out of her way and her busy schedule to help me with various legal and personal issues indirectly related to my home. Just last week, I had been pestering her quite a bit and wondered why she was texting me instead returning my calls. I knew she had been ill but she told me she did not feel well and needed to text me. At that time she also referred me to a co-employee. I apologized to her by text message "for being so demanding, for thinking of only myself". She texted back simply, "Thank You, Donnie"; Last week! Words that shall endure forever in my heart. Lydia Pizzulli (To her slight annoyance, I never stopped calling her by her birth surname)was the most genuine, sincere and caring person I have ever met in all of my 70 years; not- to-mention a business woman, extraordinaire. I shall miss her dearly. And I am sure we shall meet and work together again.
Jo Ann Hickman left a message on April 1, 2014:
I was working as a legal secretary in Asbury Park for Madnick, Milstein and Mason. Henry Civins was my boss. In walked Lydia for work on a closing, and I took notice. Henry brought me into the meeting and I witnessed a young, beautiful power house at work. After Lydia left, Henry said to me "that is one sharp lady". He meant it in every sense of the word. Lydia and I became fiends and my husband billy also. Another time, a cousin had taken my toddler daughter out for the afternoon. Lydia spotted my daughter, and confronted the cousin, questioning who she was and how she had Dana. She told me she thought someone had kidnapped Dana and she was ready to handle the situation if need be. I was shocked and saddened to see that Lydia passed away. The last time I saw her was at a festival in west end. I said " you look wonderful". And she said "no I don't, I look old and fat!" She looked beautiful as ever. But that was Lydia! She always spoke lovingly of her girls and husband. She enjoyed a highly successful life. She left this life far too soon.
Laura Slawson left a message on April 1, 2014:
Inspiring, classy and beautiful is the best way to describe Lydia. I worked for Lydia for almost 10 years doing Real Estate Advertising for Brokers 3. At my interview Lydia and I hit it off right away. “You’re hired!” she said after sitting with me in the old Brokers 3 kitchen after about 10 minutes. Allowing me to work from home enabled me to be there for my 2 children who are now young adults. I toted Valerie and Frank Jr. back-and-forth to Brokers 3 several times a week. My children loved coming to Brokers 3 and were treated like royalty, and Lydia loved my children. Lydia inspired both me and my daughter in business. Over the years I was proud to call Lydia not just my former boss, but my friend. You will be missed, Lydia … I adored you! Laura
Wanda Vazquez left a message on March 31, 2014:
Gina, Jonathan and James your in my thoughts and in my prayers...
Al DiLiberto left a message on March 31, 2014:
I remember us as children in Long Branch when I visited from Connecticut. Lydia's Mom was my Dad's sister who loved his sister and her family very much. I also remember Lydia's Dad, Frank Pizzulli, when he would visit us in Connecticut as a traveling minister. To her brothers and sisters I send my love and sadness at her passing. Godspeed, dear Cousin. I'm sure we'll meet again since love transcends all boundaries.
Ed, Leslie & the girls left a message on March 31, 2014:
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. So sorry for your loss.
lois pizzulli granda left a message on March 31, 2014:
'close to my heart you'll always be, friends forever, my sister and me'
Rhoda Fontova left a message on March 31, 2014:
I have many fond memories of my cousin Lydia when we were growing up visiting each other in Long Branch and Bristol, Ct. When I think of her, I remember her beauty and lovely thick black hair she wore in a braid. I will always treasure the memories of her Mom (my Dad's sister)and Dad and her wonderful brothers and sisters. My deepest sympathy and prayers go out to them along with her husband and children during this difficult time.
Anna Mae & Gene Garb left a message on March 31, 2014:
We will NEVER forget Lydia's kindnesses to my sister, Pat Duffie' ( her partner at Brokers 3) during Pat's long hospitalization. Lydia wrote newsy notes on thoughtful cards that lifted Pat's spirits so much. We're sure Pat was there to meet Lydia with a big hug! Our hearts go out to you at your great loss Joe and Gina and Jodi.
lois left a message on March 31, 2014:
'it's been a year, although it seems much longer. the plaque on my kitchen wall is still there where u left it. 'SISTERS SHARE THE BEST JOURNEY, LIFE'. i am so angry with u for not accepting the gift of my transplant that i begged u to take. i'm sure we would have been a perfect match. i told u life would not be worth living without u, and i was right. after more than 68 years of knowing each other inside and out, from being able to read each other's minds and know each other's thoughts, i realize how lucky we were. few if any, haave this gift. we helped each other and protected each other from the time we were tiny little girls. we were always kind and generous with each other, to a fault. whatever u needed i gave, and whatever i needed u gave me, without hesitation. u slept on the top bunk and i on the bottom, reaching up to hold your hand, until we fell asleep. so many memories now, with no one to share them. do u recall how we had our own silent language that we used right up to until we became adults? i am so grateful for having a soul mate like u sis. thank u too for the little plaque on my frig: ' CLOSE TO MY HEART YOU'LL ALWAYS BE, FRIENDS FOREVER, MY SISTER AND ME'.
Rhoda Fontova left a message on March 23, 2014:
Dear Joe, Time passes, each day must bring special thoughts and memories of your dear wife. When our loved ones die and go back to God, to their "port of call," we mourn not having them here with us, yet we remember what they were able to accomplish in this life. The yartzeit's annual commemoration is a time to feel the sadness – but also to celebrate who they were and the life they lived. Thinking of you and Lydia's brothers and sisters during this one year anniversary. I have received a great blessing since Lydia's death, renewing a long lost relationship with her dear friend and sister, Lois. Sending love to all of Lydia's family. Rhoda Fontova
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