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Evelyn L. Padalino

October 3, 1925 - July 21, 2020

Loving Mother, Grandmother, & Great-Grandmother


Service Date: July 31, 2020

In Lieu of Flowers: None

Obituaries » Evelyn L. Padalino

Born on October 3, 1925 in Orange, NJ, to Frederick and Margaret Leonardo (née Vacca), Evelyn Leonardo was raised the middle child of 9 siblings who lived above her Italian immigrant mother’s general store (which was later turned into a luncheonette). She had a wonderful childhood and many fond memories of her family, the store, soda fountain, and of her father whom she adored. In the 1940s, she worked as a telephone operator, then supervisor, at Bell Telephone in Bloomfield, NJ, where she made friendships that would last throughout her lifetime. It was while working there that she met her future husband, John W. Padalino (decd.), who owned a TV repair shop across the street from the phone company.

After getting married in 1950, Evelyn and her husband John started raising their family in their first home in Lake Parsippany, then moved to Hanover Township, where they lived a happy life together with their three children, Stephen, Lisa and Gayle. Evelyn loved her family and always put their needs before her own. She worked with and supported her husband John for many years at his factory, Whippany Electronics, an electronics contracting company and manufacturer of organs and synthesizers, power supplies for Harris computers, and telephone answering machines, in Fairfield, NJ.

After the factory was sold in 1973, Evelyn decided to use her business knowledge and get into the printing trade, first with a partner, and then on her own. She bought Stobbs’ Printing Company, a small letterpress shop in Bloomfield, NJ, in 1976. She ran and upgraded the print shop for over 40 years, along with her employees including her sister-in-law, Lonnie Leonardo, and daughter, Gayle. After suffering the early and devastating loss of her husband in 1981, she was driven by her strong work ethic, devotion to her family, and courage, to persevere in her business in order to provide for and support her children and grandchildren, even though she was somewhat inexperienced and competing in a male-dominated field at the time. As time went by, she became involved in civic activities, such as being one of the first two women to join the Kiwanis Club of Bloomfield when the organization started allowing women members. For many years, she volunteered every Sunday morning at the Missionaries of Charity soup kitchen in Newark; then served more years volunteering at Mountainside Hospital in the Dialysis Center on Tuesday evenings until she was no longer able to drive at night. Her generosity was exemplified with kind gestures such as letting the Missionaries of Charity Sisters spend the weekend at her home in Llewellyn Park on occasion for a much appreciated retreat; and by spending time with the Augustinian Recollect Sisters helping them become more proficient in English.

She took many people under her wing, often young women, and helped, hired, advised and guided them in creating a better future for themselves. They felt her love and knew that she would always be there for them. She loved meeting new people. Her enthusiasm and optimism drew people towards her. She took interest in everyone, even people she only just met, and was always happy to see people get ahead and become successful in their careers and in life. She was interested in the world and loved to travel. She studied geography as a hobby, and was a voracious reader.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, she suspended working at age 94 to stay safe at home.

Evelyn was a joyful, loving, amazing person who was quick to laugh and had a good sense of humor. She had many wonderful stories to tell and had the knack for telling them well. She made the world a warmer, safer place for all who knew her and the world won’t be the same without her. She is already missed by friends and family.

Evelyn L. Padalino passed away on July 21, 2020 at the age of 94. She was the widow of John W. Padalino to whom she was married for 31 years. She was preceded in death by her father, Frederick Leonardo; her mother, Margaret Leonardo; sister and brother-in-law, Angela and Alfred Cardinale; sister and brother-in-law, Grace and John DeZao; brother, Marcus Leonardo; sister and brother-in-law, Margaret and Jan Skoda; sister and brother-in-law, Gloria and Rocco Pepe; brother, Frederick Leonardo; sister, Claire Patuto; and brother, George Leonardo. She leaves behind her son and his wife, Stephen Padalino and Susan McKenna; daughters, Lisa Ball and Gayle Tunstead; grandsons and wives, Jamie and Becky Ball, Brian and Daggi Ball, William and Kimberly Tunstead; great-grandchildren, Madison and Jayden Ball, Leonardo and Evelyn Ball, Jayden DeMatteo and William Tunstead; sister-in-law, Yolanda Leonardo; brother-in-law, Costanzo Patuto; sister-in-law, Jane Padalino; a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and many friends.