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Memorial created 03-23-2011 by
Joanne & Bob Berens
Margaret C Petrullo
January 26 1934 - March 18 2011

Sweet Peggy (my beloved Mother)

This online memorial was created in loving memory of Margaret (Peggy) Petrullo, whose story is told throughout this memorial website. Please sign  my Mom's guest book and let us know you came to visit. We will remember Margaret forever. The sweetest Mommy in the whole world! xo xo xo

 Our Beloved Mother, Peggy who was forever changed after the loss of our father, Tony when she was only 30 years old....and her beloved mother, Margaret 27 years later, they have been waiting a long time to be reunited and that day came on March 18th.

Rest in peace Ma

My Mom was born in Germany in 1934  to Maurice & Margaret Donnelly  on a trip back home for my grandmother to visit her family...soon after they left Germany and arrived  back home in the USA and settled in Jersey City & Hoboken, NJ where my Mom grew up*

Mom  had a  sad childhoood in some respects, her Dad passed away when she was about 8 or 9 and  then some things I choose not to share  here :-(  she was a very nervous &  anxious  child and teenager. One thing  that she shared with me & always makes me sad  is whenever I  hear  the"Our Father" prayer I think of Mom because she said when she was a little  girl in church and they would say that Prayer, the part "Our Father who art in heaven", she thought they were talking about her Father :-( still brings a tear to my eye, I lost my Dad at about the same age she was when her Dad passed so I can relate..

She however got some self esteem when she got noticed on the Jerry Lewis telethon answering phones and was asked to Model for Conover Modeling Agency (now the Ford Model Angency) in New York City. Mom got to meet and hang out with some very cool celebrities of her day like Dean Martain, Jerry Lewis, Leslie Nielson, Tony Bennet, Cliff Robertson, Tina Louise,  Lucille Ball, Florance Henderson and some others I can't think of at the moment, she worked as a cigarette girl @ The Copacabana for a short while and doubled for Lana Turner on TV, very exciting life for a few years for such a young lady, anyway that was a happy time in her life. She met my Dad, Tony who was a Tenor (opera singer) while working  as a Dental Assisant when she was 20, they fell madly in love and were married and had me by the time she was 22, my brother Tony came less than 2 yrs. later.  My Mom always told me she felt "safe" with my Dad....they bought a new home in North Bergen, NJ and she thought her life was going great.... but less than 2 years after buying that home my father got sick, he had colon cancer and passed away a  short time later. We sold the house and  car and moved to Little Ferry to be near my beloved Grandmother and my aunts and uncle. My Mom got very sick, emotionally and physically and never really fully recovered but was always very loving and caring towards me and my brother, she was a good Mom but there was always a saddness in her heart :-(  In her later years her grandchildren made her happy and  caring for  them, us and my Grandmother took up her time..she was always looking to help and care for the people she loved, she had a heart of gold.
She also wrote many articles for the Bergen Record news paper, I forgot to tell you how smart she was, she even skipped a grade  in elementary school :-)
Mom got Empysema and a host of other illnesses, surgeries and afflictions in her 40's and 50's so I had to care for her but I didn't really mind since she wasn't just my Mom...she was my  
confidant & my 
 best friend, my heart is broken and I am very sad now without her in this world but I know I have a lot to still be thankful for...love & miss you Ma...rest in peace honey*



Your beautiful face was matched only by your beautiful soul

We will  miss your  sweetness, your kindness, your beautiful smile, your silky face & hands, your gentle touch and  you being there for all  of us when we needed you for anything at all..... what a big heart you had Ma, and for all you've been through & all you  lost, you never lost that*

  Tony and I will miss you dearly as will Bob, Marc, Marie, Lisa, Nicole, Aunt Karen, Uncle Bill, Aunt Barbara & the rest of the family. .

 Ma, you were selfless, giving and caring all your life, it will be a different world here without you in it, the sun won't shine as brite and the holidays will feel hollow, a saddnes will loom within me for the rest of my days, till we meet again..I will miss you terribly  :-( xo xo xo


xo xo xox xo xo xo xo xo xo xo xo xo xo xo xo xo


  You cried I'd wipe away all of your tears

You screamed I'd fight away all of your fears

I held your hand through all of these years

xo xo xo xo xo

...I know you were tired, your suffering here on earth is over & I am grateful for that but life will never be the same for Tony & I  :(

My only consolation is that you are with your beloved "Tony" (our  Dad) your Mom (our Grandmom), your father &  all the angels up in heaven. I' m sure God had his arms wide open when he saw you coming with Mom and Daddy waiting and smiling right behind him* I know your now at peace .

You  will be in my heart 4 Ever  

Your loving daughter, Joanne

xo xo xo xo xo


Mom and Joanne 1970's


 All the beautiful sounds of the world in a single word........Mommy





Margaret C. "Peggy" PETRULLO


PETRULLO Margaret C. "Peggy" (nee Donnelly), 77, of Little Ferry on March 18, 2011. Born in Germany. Margaret was a former model @ Conover Model Agency in New York City and a former dental assitant.  Beloved wife of the late Anthony Petrullo. Devoted mother of Joanne Petrullo/ Berens and her husband Bob of Moonachie and Anthony Petrullo and his wife Marie of Lodi. Loving daughter to the late Maurice and Margaret Donnelly. Dear sister of Dr. M.W. Donnelly of Maine, Barbara Maltese and her husband Nino of Saddle Brook, and Karen Kaner and her fiance Jesse of Little Ferry. Cherished grandmother of Lisa Petrullo and her fiance Joe, Nicole Petrullo and Marc Capobianco. Funeral Service at Costa Memorial Home, Boulevard and Central Ave., Hasbrouck Heights, on Tuesday at 12 Noon. Reverend Dianna L. Smith officiating. Private entombment following at Bergen Crest Mausoleum, North Bergen. Visitation Tuesday 10 AM - 12 Noon.
Published in The Record and Herald News on March 20, 2011

It broke our hearts to lose you.
You did not go alone.
For part of us went with you,
The day God called you home.
You left us beautiful memories,
Your love is still our guide.
And although we cannot see you,
You are always at our side.

Our family chain is broken,
And nothing seems the same,
But as God calls us one by one,
The chain will link again.

We little knew that day,
God was going to call your name.
In life we loved you dearly,
In death, we do the same.


Mommy @ left, beautiful Angel*

Memory of My Mother

You were a precious gift from God above,
so much beauty, grace and love.
You touched our hearts in so many ways,
your smile so bright even on the bad days.
You heard God's whisper calling you home,
you didn't want to go and leave us alone.
You loved us so much, you held on tight,
till all the strength was gone and you could no longer fight.
We were all hoping for a miracle cure,
but you knew you couldn't make him wait anymore.
So you gave your hand to God and slowly drifted away,
knowing that with our love we will be all together again some day.




 "Hugs To Heaven"

    xo xo xo




Model @ Conover Modeling Agency circa 1954

If roses grow in Heaven Lord please pick a bunch for me, place them in my Mother's arms and tell her they’re from me. Tell her that I love her and miss her very much, Remembering Mom is easy, I do it every day but there's an ache within my heart that will never go away
                       Always in my thoughts & 4 ever in my heart...

First Angelversary in Heaven 3/18/12

Margarert Petrullo
Mom, Your 1st Anniversary
in Heaven, we love and miss
you more with each passing
day. Rest in Peace Sweet Angel.
All our Love Always,
Joanne, Bob, Marc, Tony,
Marie, Lisa, Nicole,
Karen & Family
xo xo xo xo xo

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