M. Tedesco, Gloucester City stalwart

Marie K. Tedesco
Marie K. Tedesco
Posted: January 11, 2014

Marie Klaus Tedesco was a Gloucester City woman through and through.

Born in her parents' home, she graduated from St. Mary's elementary and high schools there.

She and her husband, Joseph A., operated Joe's Shoe Store there, for more than 25 years, until it closed in 1972.

And after the death of her husband of 46 years in 1982, she continued to live in an apartment above the former shop until four years ago, when she moved in with a granddaughter, Michelle Festa, also a Gloucester City resident.

On Saturday, Jan. 4, Mrs. Tedesco, 100, died at the home of that granddaughter, son Joseph E. said.

The store was at 526 Monmouth St., a block from St. Mary's, where her funeral is to take place.

Born in her parents' home on Division Street, Mrs. Tedesco was one of nine children.

After working at Radio Corp. of America in Camden, she joined her husband in what began as a modest shoe-repair shop, her son said.

"My dad repaired shoes in the basement" of a building that he rented, the son said.

After the business was going well enough that his parents could buy the building, the store moved up to the ground floor.

"They sold them, too, as well as repairing" shoes, in the days when shoes were meant to be worn and re-worn for years.

Mrs. Tedesco tended to business at the counter, her son said, while her husband worked the machines that gave each pair of shoes a new season.

She was a lifelong member of St. Mary's and a former member of its parent teacher association. She was a longtime member of the Gloucester City Seniors Association.

She and her husband built a summer home at Gandy's Beach in Cumberland County in 1972, which she continued to visit until she moved in with her granddaughter, her son said.

Besides her son, Mrs. Tedesco is survived by son Thomas, daughter Marie Cole-Weiner, 10 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.

A viewing was set from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 10, at St. Mary's, 426 Monmouth St., Gloucester City, before a 10:30 a.m. Funeral Mass there, with interment in New St. Mary's Cemetery, Bellmawr.

Donations may be made to Msgr. Lucitt's Needy Children's Christmas Fund, Box 87, Gloucester City, N.J. 08030.

Condolences may be offered to the family at www.mccannhealey.com.


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