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Elena R. (nee-Tarone) Cannaveno

December 31, 1931 - March 29, 2021

Loving Mother, Grandmother, & Great-Grandmother


Service Date: April 5, 2021

In Lieu of Flowers: Alzheimer’s Foundation of America ( in Helen’s honor.

Obituaries » Elena R. (nee-Tarone) Cannaveno

Elena R. “Helen” Cannaveno (nee-Tarone) departed this world on March 29th after a long battle with dementia. She and her late husband John, who passed away in September 2020, leave an indelible legacy, having touched the lives of so many people with their love and generosity, and they will be remembered for generations through their 12 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

Helen was a homemaker for most of her life, raising two children in their Parsippany home, where they lived for more than 50 years. Her daughter, Elena Bocchino, lives with her husband, Alex in Cedar Knolls, and they have three children; Elexa, Justin and Arianna. Her son, Bud Cannaveno, lives with his wife, Michelle in Long Valley. They have nine children; John and his wife, Amanda, Andrea Ahrens and her husband, Sonny, Lindsay Alvarado, her husband Jeff and their daughter Isabella, D’Anna and her son Jaydan, Joy, Rosee, Brandon, Kee Kee and Noah. Helen and John also have two special additions to their family, welcomed forever as teenage foreign exchange students in 1979 and 1981. Hernan Silva and his husband, Marcelo live in Santiago, Chile, and Clara Serrano lives in Columbia and has three children.

Helen was born in 1931 and grew up in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn NY, the daughter of the late Gennaro and Filomena Tarone. She had four sisters and brothers; Ray Tarone and Sue Tarone, who both live in Brooklyn, the late Vincent Tarone and the late Jerry Tarone. In addition to her immediate family members, Helen leaves behind many beloved nieces and nephews and a myriad of close friends. After graduating from John Jay High School, Helen attended Hunter College in New York for 2 years. She also worked in a bank for a while before marrying John, and for several years after her children were older, she worked as a bookkeeper for a local import company.

While she dedicated most of her life to loving and supporting her family, she found time in her busy schedule to volunteer at St. Christopher’s Church in Parsippany with their CCD program, community center and playing “Mrs. Claus” at Christmas (alongside John as “Santa”). Her cooking and baking skills were admired by family and friends and she inspired her children and many of her grandchildren to follow in those footsteps. She also enjoyed playing mahjong and bridge, reading, ceramics, crossword puzzles, crocheting and crewelwork, as well as traveling over the years with family and friends.

She and John sold their Parsippany home in 2017 and moved to The Oaks in Denville retirement community, filling their days with reminiscent conversations and forming new and lasting relationships. She and John especially enjoyed the company of their new friends every evening at dinner, which always included a couple of glasses of wine! Helen recently moved to the Arden Courts memory care center in Cedar Knolls where she was surrounded by a truly amazing, compassionate community of caregivers.

Relatives and friends are invited to celebrate Helen’s life during a Memorial Mass at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, April 5th 2020 at Notre Dame of Mt. Carmel R.C. Church. 75 Ridgedale Avenue, Cedar Knolls. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation be considered for the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America ( in Helen’s honor. Following current Covid-19 guidelines, masks and social distancing are required. The family acknowledges and understands that many are still uncomfortable attending public gatherings and will be unable to attend. We ask that you keep the family in your thoughts and prayers during this time.