EASTON — Nellie Catherine Perone (Née Lakowitz) died peacefully at Talbot Hospice on Jan. 12, 2021.
She was born on Dec. 20, 1929, at home in Belle Mead, New Jersey, to Peter and Catherine Lakowitz, Polish immigrants. She was the youngest of 8 children, speaking Polish at home but learning English at school. Her early years were spent working on their struggling family farm. The family did not own a motorized vehicle and did not have electricity until she reached high school.
She graduated from Somerville High School in 1948 and was engaged to Dominic Perone, who was also born to immigrant parents who did not speak English at home. In that era it was frowned upon to marry outside ones ethnic group, but after years of postponement due to economic hardships of wartime, draft of her brothers and fiancé, and caring for dying parents, she married her Italian fiancé, Dominic Perone, in 1955.
She was close to her sisters-in-law and learned to cook Italian. Nellie was a dedicated homemaker and supported her husband’s plumbing business. The couple lived in Hillsborough and were members of St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in East Millstone, New Jersey, and the Somerset County Senior Citizen’s Association until moving to Whiting, New Jersey, in 2006. Following her husband’s death in 2015, Nellie moved to Easton, Maryland, to live with her daughter and family.
She was known for being kind and generous, a good cook and the family historian on farm life during the Depression and WW II — until illness took away her memory in later years.
Nellie Perone is survived by her children, Patty (John) Plaskon of Easton, Maryland; Vincent (Donna) Perone of Portsmouth, Virginia; and Michael (Catherine) Perone of Bernardsville, New Jersey; eight grandchildren, Michael (Liz) Perone of East Grand Rapids, Michigan; Natalie Perone (Joseph Zitarelli) of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Thomas Perone, Milo Perone, and Eddie Perone of Bernardsville, New Jersey; Sonya Plaskon of Baltimore, Maryland; Sam (Lia) Plaskon of Easton, Maryland; and James (Jordan) Plaskon, and a great- grandchild, Kent Plaskon of Easton, Maryland. She also leaves behind many nieces and nephews and a sister-in-law, Eva Lakowitz of Whiting, New Jersey. She was predeceased by Dominic Perone, her husband of 60 years; siblings Joseph Lakowitz, Andrew Lakowitz, Charles Lakowitz, Helen Mazey, Sophie “Ginger” Moeller, Frances “Midge” Lakowitz and Marion Lakowitz; and 2 infant grandchildren, Laura Elizabeth Perone and John Daniel Plaskon.
A visitation will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, at Fellows, Helfenbein & Newman Funeral home, followed at 10:30 a.m. by a funeral Mass at Sts Peter & Paul Church in Easton, Maryland. There will also be a visitation at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021, at The Cusick Funeral Home in Somerville, New Jersey, followed by a graveside service at the Cedar Hill Cemetery in East Millstone New Jersey. All services will follow masking and social distancing guidelines.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Nellie Perone’s honor may be made to The Parkinson’s Foundation, The Alzheimer’s Association or Talbot Hospice Foundation. For online condolences, visit www.fhnfuneralhome.com.