Theresa A. Smith, née Cillo, passed away peacefully in her home on July 27, 2022. She was 93 years old.
Born in Mendham, NJ to Antonio and Philomena (née DelBene) Cillo, Theresa was a lifelong resident and one of ten children. After graduating from Morristown High School in 1946, she entered the workforce. Her brother Anthony, while in the Navy, returned home on leave and introduced her to his friend, Jack Smith. Theresa and Jack began dating shortly thereafter and were married on November 23, 1952. Over the course of their 68-year marriage they had seven beautiful children together. Theresa spent her life being a devout Catholic and was a longtime parishioner of St. Joseph Church in Mendham.
Theresa was an avid reader and loved to travel, one of her favorite destinations being Italy. She enjoyed going for long walks and spending time outdoors. After working for Morristown Medical Center as an Administrative Assistant in the pharmacy department for 33 years, she retired only nine years ago at the age of 82. She devoted her retirement to spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Theresa is survived by her children and their spouses: John and Grace Smith (Longwood, FL); Ida and David Porfirio (Forked River, NJ); Thomas and Brigitte Smith (Bowie, MD); Richard Smith (Mendham, NJ); Teresa Hattersley (Mendham, NJ); Stephanie and Chris Montgomery (Troutman, NC); and William Smith (Tinton Falls, NJ). She is also survived by her brothers Peter, Anthony, Joseph, and James Cillo; sister Rose Grievo; along with 20 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Theresa is predeceased by her loving husband, Jack P. Smith; grandson Richard Smith Jr.; parents Antonio and Philomena Cillo; twin brothers Aniello and Anthony Cillo; and sisters Marie Pennimpede and Ann Fondaco.
A visitation will be held on Monday, August 1 st , from 3-7 PM at the Bailey Funeral Home (8 Hilltop Road, Mendham, NJ 07945). A Funeral Mass will take place on Tuesday, August 2nd, at 11 AM at St. Joseph Church (W. Main Street, Mendham). Mass will be live streamed and can be viewed by following this link: https://boxcast.tv/view/theresa-a-smith-ajvxsjszogrpshapjuiy. Interment will follow Mass where Theresa will be laid to rest alongside her husband in the St. Joseph Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Theresa’s memory may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.