Sister Theresa Gottuso dies


Sister Theresa Gottuso, a sister for 54 years in the community of the Religious Teachers Filippini, and most recently a religion and business teacher at Paul VI High School in Haddon Township, died Sept. 22 at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden.

During the last 20 years, until June 2012, she taught at Paul VI. She also ministered at the Parish of St. Joseph the Worker in Haddon Township as a religous education teacher and Eucharistic Minister.

Sister Theresa also taught at schools in Trenton; Brooklyn, N.Y.; and Dunmore, Pa; and was a secretary to the Apostolic Delegate in Washington, D.C. from 1965-71.

She was the daughter of the late Joseph and Elizabeth Gottuso of Ellwood City, Pa., where she was born.

She is survived by four brothers and two sisters from Ellwood City: Vincent Gottuso, twin sister Grace (Gus) Fornataro, Marie Elaine Gottuso Pelloni, Joseph (Antoinette) Gottuso of Beaver Falls, Pa., Robert (Joan) Gottuso of Cranberry Twp., Pa., and Dennis (the late Donna) Gottuso of Forest, Va.. She is also survived by 13 nieces and nephews, and many great-nieces and nephews.

On Saturday, Sept. 29, visitation hours will be at 9:30 a.m., followed by a Mass of Resurrection at 11 a.m. in St. Lucy Chapel, Villa Walsh, Morristown, N.J. Interment will follow at Ave Maria Cemetery, Villa Walsh, Morristown.

In lieu of flowers, Sr. Theresa’s family requests donations be made to Paul VI High School for the Sister Theresa Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Advancement Director, 901 Hopkins Rd., Ste. B, Haddonfield, NJ 08033, or to Religious Teachers Filippini Retirement Fund c/o Sister Betty Jean Takacs, MPF, Villa Walsh, 455 Western Ave., Morristown, NJ 07960.