Sally Ann Thomas (nee Balistrieri) of Vernon, N.J., passed away peacefully at Newton Medical Center on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. She was 87.
Daughter of Giuseppe and Salvatrice Balistrieri in Paterson, N.J., she grew up in Paterson and lived in Jefferson before settling in Vernon Township, N.J., many years ago.
Sally worked for Singer-Kearfott in West Paterson, N.J., and Decision Systems in Paramus, N.J., before becoming a dedicated homemaker. She taught and played piano, was an accomplished painter and artist and loved music and theater and was devoted to her family.
Sally is predeceased by her brothers and sisters Curley Avolio, Tommy, Sammy, Tony and Sister Lucy Balistrieri FMA and Josephine Magee.
She was the beloved wife for 50 years of Russell Thomas of Vernon Township; devoted mother of Lisa Schmitt and her husband, Peter of Wantage Township, N.J.; loving grandmother of Brendan, Felicity, and Angus; dear sister of Rose Ricci of Wayne, N.J.; and cherished by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
Private cremation services under the direction of Ferguson-Vernon Funeral Home, Vernon. Memorial gifts to Vernon VFW post 8441, 313 Route 94, Vernon, N.J., 07462 would be greatly appreciated.