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Grace Joan Lauricella, 101, Longtime Cliffside Park Resident

Grace Joan Lauricella
Grace Joan Lauricella Photo Credit: family of Grace Joan Lauricella, via McCorry Brothers Funeral Home

CLIFFSIDE PARK, N.J. -- Grace Joan Lauricella, of Cliffside Park, died on Monday, Sept. 26. She was 101.

Born in 1914  in New York City, Lauricella moved to Cliffside Park when she was 6 -- and she lived in the same house for 96 years.

She was a high-end fashion designer who created couture gowns for movie stars, and her first fit model was Lucille Ball, information from the funeral home noted. She worked for the design house of Sophie's of New York City, and her gowns where displayed at Saks Fifth Ave, Henri Bendel and Bergdorf Goodman. She had fashion shows in the Plaza Hotel and her gowns were featured in Vogue magazine.

Lauricella is survived by her brother-in-law, Ovid DiFiore; niece Ann Stratton and her husband Daniel; nephew Gerry DiFiore and his wife Patti Smith; grand-niece Danielle Grace Stratton; grand-nephews Austin DiFiore, Ian DiFiore and Stephen Andrew Benassi; niece and nephew Ann and Gerry, "considered to be the children she never had; and many other relatives in the Lauricella and Scardulla families.

She was predeceased by her parents, Salvatore and Gaetana (Scardulla) Lauricella; sister Mae "Mickey" DiFiore; and god-son J. Steven Benassi.

Visiting hours will be from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29, at the McCorry Brothers Funeral Home, 780 Anderson Ave., in Cliffside Park. The funeral will be from the funeral home at 9:15 a.m. on Friday. A funeral mass will be celebrated at at 10 a.m. at the Church of the Epiphany, 247 Knox Ave., in Cliffside Park. Entombment will follow at Fairview Mausoleum, in Fairview.

Memorial donations can be made to Holy Name Medical Center Foundation, by clicking here.

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