Elena Ann Torregrossa, who had a more than 50-year tenure in St. Leo the Great School, Lincroft, died Nov. 14 in her Middletown home. She was 86.
Funeral services will begin Nov. 17 with visitation from 4 to 8 p.m. in the John E. Day Funeral Home, 85 Riverside Ave., Red Bank. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Nov. 18 at 9:30 a.m. in St. Leo the Great Church, 50 Hurleys Lane, Lincroft. Burial will immediately follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery, 100 Chapel Hill Rd., Middletown.
Mrs. Torregrossa was born in the Bronx, N.Y. She was the valedictorian in her graduating class from Mount St. Ursula High School, and attended Hunter College, New York City, where she pursued studies in education and administration. While at Hunter College, she met her future husband, Robert Torregrossa, who she married in 1960, and together they raised two daughters.
Her teaching career began in a school in the Bronx where she taught kindergarten. After she and her family moved to Middletown, she joined the faculty of St. Leo the Great School, where she worked for 35 years, first as a teacher. After completing graduate and doctoral studies in Rutgers University, New Brunswick, she served as principal of St. Leo the Great School for two decades until her retirement in 2006. During her tenure in St. Leo the Great, she was proud to have taught her two daughters and then grandsons. She was also proud that under her leadership, the school received its first national Blue Ribbon honor.
Mrs. Torregrossa is predeceased by her parents, Helen and Arthur DeMatteo; her husband, Robert, and son-in-law, James Berger. She is survived by her daughter, Suzanne Berger Tortorici and son-in-law, Jim Tortorici of Tinton Falls, and another daughter, Ellen Torregrossa-O’Connor and son-in-law, John O’Connor of Middletown, and six grandsons.
Memorial donations may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 222 Bloomingfield Rd., White Plains, N.Y., 10605 or www.give.cff.org/greater-newyork.