REGINA PINGITORE, nee Griffin, a long-time resident of Long Branch and Ocean Township, NJ, and Hingham, MA, died Tuesday, August 16, 2022, after a short illness. Mrs. Pingitore was born in Haverstraw, NY, on November 13, 1926. She received her B.A. from Ladycliff College, Highland Falls, NY, and her M.Ed. from Fordham University, Bronx, NY. She was a career teacher, first as a member of the faculty of Haverstraw High School, and later as an elementary school teacher in the Long Branch Public Schools, where she taught second grade, with passion and purpose, for over 25 years. Mrs. Pingitore was active in the Long Branch School Employees Association, serving as an officer and as a member of the association’s contract negotiating team. She was a member of the Long Branch Public Schools Ad Hoc Committee to Study the Resolution of Racial Imbalance in the Long Branch Elementary Schools, whose recommended plan to desegregate the elementary schools was adopted by the Long Branch Public Schools. After her retirement from teaching in 1989, Mrs. Pingitore devoted her time to volunteering as a driver for Meals On Wheels and working in the food pantry of the Mercy Center, Asbury Park, NJ.
Mrs. Pingitore was an active member of the Catholic parish in each community in which she resided, including the Church of St Anselm, Wayside, NJ, where she was a member of the parish’s lay ministry.
Mrs. Pingitore enjoyed travel, taking her first trip abroad while in her early 20’s. She continued to enjoy both foreign and domestic travel with her husband Peter and with other members of her family and friends throughout her life. In 2002, Mrs. Pingitore and her husband, relocated from New Jersey to Linden Ponds, a retirement community in Hingham, MA, where she participated in various community activities and clubs, and where she became a regular bridge player.
Mrs. Pingitore is predeceased by her husband of 54 years, Peter J. Pingitore (d/o/d May 2, 2006). She is survived by her three children, Mary Regina Stilwell and her spouse W. Scott Stilwell of Green Harbor, MA, Stephanie P. Whelan and her spouse Timothy W. Whelan of Ocean View, DE, and Peter J. Pingitore and his spouse, Suzanne L. Glassburn of Needham, MA; five grandchildren, William B. Stilwell and his spouse Lindsey Caputo, Eric G. Stilwell, Maura L. Whelan, Timothy W. Whelan and his spouse Amanda Seese, and Claire G. Pingitore; one great-grandchild, Declan W. Whelan; and many loving nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
Visiting hours will be from 4 to 7 PM, Wednesday, August 24, 2022 at Fiore Funeral Home, 882 Broadway, Route 537, West Long Branch. A Funeral Mass will be offered at 10:30 AM Thursday, August 25, 2022 at Holy Trinity Church, 408 Prospect St., Long Branch. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday, September 10, 2022, at Seasons Catering Room, Linden Ponds, 300 Linden Ponds Way, Hingham, MA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Regina Pingitore to the Alzheimer’s Association. For condolences, please visit www.fiorefuneralhomes.com.