Theresa A. Nasuti, active in bereavement support

Theresa A. Nasuti
Theresa A. Nasuti
Posted: March 26, 2014

Theresa Anhalt Nasuti, in retirement, spent hours each week helping two of the elderly women whom she knew from a widows and widowers group at Sacred Heart Church in Mount Holly.

"She shopped for them, both widows. She would take them to any errands. She transported them everywhere - to church, to doctors' visits," Marie Caruso said in a phone interview.

"She was a very extraordinary woman."

On Thursday, March 20, Mrs. Nasuti, 79, of Lumberton, who retired in the 1990s as supervisor of the civilian payroll at what was then Fort Dix, died of cancer at the Samaritan Healthcare and Hospice Inpatient Center in Mount Holly.

Caruso, a licensed clinical social worker, was the facilitator for the group of 12 to which Nasuti and the women belonged.

The group's bereavement sessions lasted for seven weeks of counseling, Caruso said, "and after the group sessions terminated, the members formed a social group.

"They then bonded in this group over 10 years," meeting every Wednesday for lunch. "That's how long they've been caring for each other."

Especially in that group, which Caruso continued to counsel as needed, she said, Mrs. Nasuti "was an extraordinarily humane person."

Mrs. Nasuti grew up in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia and left Murrell Dobbins Vocational High School when she was 16 to help support her family, in which she was one of 10 children.

"She eventually went to night school for her diploma," a sister, Catherine Pinkstone, said in a phone interview.

And in the 1980s, while working at Fort Dix, she earned an associate's degree in accounting at what is now Burlington County College, Pinkstone said.

When she had to leave high school, Mrs. Nasuti worked with her other sister, Josephine Sherman, at a construction company in Philadelphia.

Mrs. Nasuti met her husband, Richard, when they worked together at Western Union in Center City Philadelphia. They married in 1957.

"In recent years," Pinkstone said, "she did a lot of taking care of her elderly friends, taking them to doctors' appointments, writing checks," when they lacked money.

Mrs. Nasuti, her sister said, "was a very big-hearted person."

Besides her sisters, Mrs. Nasuti is survived by a brother, William Anhalt, and several nieces and nephews. Her husband, Richard, died in 2001.

A visitation was set from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, at Perinchief Chapels 438 High St., Mount Holly. A Funeral Mass was set for 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 26, at Sacred Heart Church, 260 High St., Mount Holly, with interment in the church cemetery.

Donations may be sent to a charity of one's choice.

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


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