Debra Vattelana, 55, of Jackson, formerly of South Amboy passed away Friday, July 6, 2018 as a result of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle collision in Freehold, N.J.
Born and raised in Newark, She moved to South Amboy in 1973. She settled in Jackson in 2016.
Debra graduated from Our Lady of Good Council Grammer School in Newark, H.G. Hoffman High School in South Amboy and Middlesex County College where she earned an Associate of Science degree, majoring in secretarial science. Debra then went on to complete the requirements to earn a certificate in paralegal studies.
Throughout her career, Debra was employed as a paralegal for several area law firms.
Debra was a long time parishioner at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, South Amboy and since relocating, Saint Roberts Ballarmine Roman Catholic Church, Freehold.
Debra enjoyed jogging.. For exercise, she would jog the track and paths of the Middlesex County College Campus . She participated in Frog Hollow Swim Club runs and other area charitable races. Debra also enjoyed stained glass art and poetry. Above all, Debra was a loving daughter, sister, aunt and great aunt who will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
Greeting her at the pearly gates are her father Benito E. Vattelana and her sister, Donna Marie Vattelana, she is survived by her loving mother. Millie C. Vattelana and her beloved siblings, Darlene Berg, and her husband, Nuno, Denise Partacoski, and her husband, Steven, Benito Vattelana, and his wife, Deborah, Dawn Ragonese, and her husband, Joseph, Frank Vattelena, and his wife, Donna, Luigi Vattelana, and his wife, Martha, and Patrick Vattelana and his wife, Judy, nieces and nephews, Kristina McKittrick, and her husband Jason, Christopher Vattalana and his wife Hannah, Lauren Smith and her husband, Chris, Stephanie Parlacoski and her fiancé Johan, AlexBerg and his wife Lyndsey, Ashton Vattelana, Steven Parlacoski, Daniella Berg, Preston Ragonese, Ava Ragonese, Olivia Vattelana, Anthony Vattelana, Frankie and Vinnie Vattelena, and Travis Vattelena, Grand nieces and nephews, Mia McKittrick, Lily McKittrick,Nora McKittrick, Landon Smith, Brianna Smith, Caprice Vattelana, and Mercedes Vattelena. Debra is also survived by her dear friend since childhood, Carol Vona Richiusa and a host of many more dear friends.
Debra will lay in repose in the chapel at Saint Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church, 16 McLean Street, Freehold, N.J. on Tuesday July 10 from 2 PM to 9 PM. A funeral mass will be said Wednesday, July 11 at 11:30 AM at Saint Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church. Family and friends are invited to gather at the chapel beginning at 10:30 AM We will begin proceeding to the church at 11 AM. Burial will follow at Saint Gertrudes Cemetery, 53 Inman Ave., Colonia, N.J.
Believe in yourself-in the power you have to control your own life, day by day. Believe in the strength that you have deep inside, and your faith will help show you the way. Believe in tomorrow and what it will bring. Let a hopeful heart carry you through for the things will work out if you trust and believe-there is no limit to what you can do! Debra lived this very idea, and set it into action every single day. Words we vow to live out as we gracefully say goodbye to a courageous woman who loved.
Whiteley Funeral Home, South Amboy, N.J. in in charge of arrangements.