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In Memoriam

Florence Mae Granata

Long time AVVA Member and wife of one of the original members of the Vietnam Veterans of America - Chapter 510 in Northern New Jersey, Florence "Flo" Granata passed away on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, at her home, surrounded by her family. A funeral service was held on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, at 10 a.m. at the Bradley, Smith & Smith Funeral Home, 415 Morris Ave., Springfield, N.J. Interment followed at Glendale Cemetery, Bloomfield, N.J.

Born and raised in Newark, N.J., Florence lived in Irvington, N.J., from 1967 to 2001, when she moved to Belleville. She worked as a store detective for Bonwit Teller in Short Hills, N.J., retiring 24 years ago. She was a member of the B.P.O. Does Essex Drove No. 51 in Livingston, N.J. Florence went home to be with her parents, Theresa and Clarence Hadley, as well as her rock, her sister Jane, and her brothers, Russell and George. She is survived by her beloved husband, Michael, to whom she was married for 55 years, together for 60; her children Theresa, Michael Jr., and Georgette; grandchildren, Danielle, Ciara, Cedric, Michael III, Zoe, Domenico, Domani, and Kanani; great-grandchildren, Jonahs, Celina, and Joeliz; sisters-in-law, Marie Hynes and Rose Granata, and many nieces and nephews. A stay-at-home grandma, she loved her family more than life itself and never missed evening teatime with her granddaughter, Zoe.
Known as a diva with impeccable fashion sense, she is irreplaceable to all who knew and loved her.

Those who wish to make a contribution in Florence's memory may do so to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 1500 Rosecrans Ave., Manhattan Beach, Calif. 90266 or the Cancer Center at St Barnabas Medical Center, 95 Old Short Hills Rd, West Orange, N.J. 07052.

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