Vera Mattia

Obituary of Vera Mattia


Vera Mattia, 97, of Freehold Township, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Wednesday, May 8th 2024. Born in Newark, New Jersey, she met her late husband at Central High School (CHS). Upon his return from military deployment, the new couple were married 1948 and began a family, eventually moving to Union, New Jersey to raise their three sons. In retirement, they settled in Freehold Township to be closer to their children and grandchildren whom they loved dearly.

Vera was best known for her warmth and generosity, her quick wit and wisdom, and most of all her love of and devotion to her husband, children and grandchildren. Vera graduated 10th in her class at CHS and was a member of The National Honor Society. Upon graduation, Vera was employed at the Newark Star Ledger in the advertising department. Later she was employed as an administrative assistant at a local advertising agency.  She instilled the importance of education upon her grandchildren, two of whom now hold doctoral degrees. She was an outstanding cook and refused to let anyone leave her home unfed.  Her specialty was homemade pizza cooked to perfection. In addition to working as an administrative assistant and a wonderful homemaker, she enjoyed spending time playing Tripoley with her girlfriends and going to Broadway plays.

Vera was predeceased by her beloved husband Daniel Mattia. She is survived by her children, Ronald Mattia and his wife Patricia, Raymond Mattia and his wife Cynthia, and Robert Mattia and his wife Teresa; her grandchildren, Raymond D. Mattia and his wife Alexandra, Dr. Matthew Mattia and his wife Lisa, Dr. Michael Mattia, and Daniel V. Mattia; great-grandchildren Logan and Callum Mattia; brother Joseph Lovallo; and numerous nieces and nephews.

All arrangements are private and under the direction of the Clayton & McGirr Funeral Home in Freehold Township, New Jersey. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital. For more information, or to leave condolence messages for the family, please visit



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