Ellen V. (Perenyi)Tomecko, 99, of Piscataway, New Jersey, passed away on Saturday, October 29, 2022 peacefully at home.
Ellen was born in New York City to Anna and Charles Perenyi on August 16, 1923. She lived in New Brunswick, graduating from New Brunswick High School. After her marriage to Albert Tomecko, they moved to Piscataway in 1962. She worked as Assistant Secretary to Rutgers University President Dr. Mason W. Gross, later working in the Piscataway School system where she retired after 21 years. She served as a volunteer for St. Peter’s Hospital in New Brunswick for 21 years. She was a communicant of St.Peter the Apostle Church in New Brunswick and a dedicated member of the choir for many years.
Ellen is preceded in death by her husband Albert, her parents, and her brother Andrew. She is survived by her daughters, Barbara Barbano (Peter) of Harleysville, PA, Nancy Tomecko of Toms River, NJ, Kathy Rogan (Brian) of Clinton, NJ, Carole Skistimas (Sam) of Piscataway, NJ, Joan Tomecko (John Arkens) of Jacksonville, FL and Joyce Morgan (Rich) of Romulus, NY. She also leaves behind eight grandchildren,
Peter, Matthew (Erin), Cheyenne (Joe), Ryan (April), Jesse, Emily (Jason) Brendan (Mary Kate) and Caitlin. She was also blessed with five great grandchildren, Jason, Gabriella, Carson, Greyson and Troy.
Ellen was known best for keeping an open door to her home, exemplifying “grandmas house” as a welcoming and cheerful gathering place for any holiday or occasion. With her quick wit and presence of mind, she was often a reference for a wide range of topics and anecdotes past or present. An avid sports fan, and steadfast Rutgers supporter, she kept tabs on the latest news, scores, and highlights. Most of all she enjoyed listening to music, celebrations, and being the first on the dance floor waiting for her dance partner.
Along with Al and her daughters, and eventually their families, she found a second home at the shore in Lavallette, NJ inspiring a deep appreciation for sea and sun that continues to transcend generations. With such vibrant qualities, a positive, approachable disposition, people naturally gravitated to her resulting in many lasting friendships, social connections, and warm memories. Grandma’s (Mom’s, GG’s, Ellen’s) house was a home to all.
Boylan Funeral Home will be handling the funeral arrangements. Visitation is Thursday, November 3rd from 4-8pm. Mass will be held at St. Peter’s Church in New Brunswick on November 4th at 10am. Burial will follow at Resurrection Cemetery, Piscataway.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to The Visiting Nurse Association of Central New Jersey Home Care and Hospice.