In Memoriam: Lifetime Red Bank Resident, Terry Gambacorta, 90

Lifetime Red Bank resident, “devoted family woman, proud grandmother and great grandmother,” Theresa “Terry” Gambacorta, passed away with her family and caretakers, Lilly and Jeanne, by her side on Saturday, April 13. She was 90.

“Being with family and friends is what mattered most to Theresa, she loved getting her hair and nails done, the belle of the ball! Theresa will be remembered for her huge, kind heart and ability to make people laugh. We were all blessed to have a little firecracker nugget like her. Theresa adored her granddaughters and attended Dana’s dance competitions and recitals, football games where she cheered, and every Halloween costume parade and school event. Both her and Thomas never missed an event they even attended many of Dana’s close friends parties and weddings. She attended Isabella’s football games and cheer competitions and Lilliana’s barrel races, as well as countless soccer games, school shows and the Miss Delaware pageants that Isabella and Lilliana participated in as little sisters.”

Loved ones of Terry Gambacorta in her obituary

Theresa grew up in Red Bank, where she met her husband Thomas. They both attended Red Bank Regional High School. After high school, she worked as a secretary at Fort Monmouth.

Theresa was predeceased by: her parents, Mary Theresa (nee Amato) and James Ferraro; her loving husband of 68 years, Thomas Gambacorta; and her loving daughter, Donna Gambacorta Hakim.

She is survived by: her daughter, Deidre Baker and her significant other, Mark Veltre; her son-in-law Matthew Hakim; her granddaughters, Dana Corcoran and her husband, Colin, and Isabella and Lilliana Hakim; her great granddaughter and namesake, Daelynn Poppy; sisters, Mary Ferrogine, Esther Lauer, Nancy Russell; brother, James Ferraro; brothers-in-law, Dominic “Chubby” Gambacorto (Janet) and Guy Gambacorto; sisters-in-law, Pauline Gambacorto and Joann Richardson; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Family and friends are invited to visit from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, April 19, at John E. Day Funeral Home, 85 Riverside Avenue, Red Bank. *If you would like to bring a fond memory or story to share or as a keepsake for the family, please bring it to John E. Day.* Mass will be offered April 20 at 11 a.m. at Church of the Nativity, 180 Ridge Road, Fair Haven.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the National Alopecia Areata Foundation, 65 Mitchell Blvd., Suite 200-B, San Rafael, CA 94903 or online (

— Edited obituary prepared by family via John E. Day Funeral Home