Gertrude Chmielowiec, age 99 of Naples, FL, passed away on Friday, June 21st, 2019 at her home.
Born August 10th, 1919 to the late Philip and Rosetta Kocher, Gertrude has been living in Naples, FL for many years.
An avid poet, Gertrude’s greatest accomplishment was receiving the Zelda Award for Comedic Acting for her performance in the Women’s Club Acting Competition. She also enjoyed painting and sketching, and was a dedicated and loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.
Predeceased by her husband, John and son John Chmielowiec, as well as a grandson, James Dean; and her siblings Theodore and Larry Kocher, Sylvia Rostkowski, Helen Kocher, and Johanna Sudsky, Gertrude is survived by her daughters Theresa and husband Dr. Robert Teitlebaum of Naples, FL, and Christina Pombo of Vernon; grandchildren Jamy, Tracy, John, Lauren, Jenna, Caitlin, Lauren, Skylar, Jordan, and Cailin; great-grandchildren Kayla, Ryan, William, Dylan, Charley, Selah, and Judah; a sister, Annette Messineo of Saddle Brook; and many loving nieces, nephews, and grand-nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her daughter in law, Nancy Dean of Lanoka Harbor, and former daughter in law Deborah Vomero of Stanhope, NJ. Also surviving are her devoted angels, Barbara, Donnette, Lorna, and Shea; as well as her loving neighbors Dave and Lori.
Visitation for Gertrude will be held on Thursday, June 27th, 2019 from 2-4 and 7-9PM at the Ferguson—Vernon Funeral Home, 241 Route 94, (One Vanderhoof Court for GPS), Vernon, NJ 07462. A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, June 28th, 10:30AM at the St. Francis de Sales RC Church, 614 Route 517, Vernon, NJ. The funeral will be from the funeral home at 9:30AM. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital (www.stjude.org).