IRENE MARY PRICE (nee Astone), age 70, of Southampton, New Jersey passed away peacefully on Sunday January 2nd, 2022 with her husband, son, daughter-in-law, and daughter-in-law's mother by her side. They were able to hold her hands and comfort her until the end. Born in Newark, NJ, she is the daughter of the late Louis Eugenio and Louise (nee Cristinziani) Astone. Survived by her caring husband John (JP) Price of Southampton, NJ, and her loving son Nicholas Price (Mina) and predeceased by her beloved son Derek Julian Price. Devoted grandmother of 2 grandchildren, Adrianna, and Giovanni. Dear sister to Louise Melillo (Frank) and Edmund Astone. Loving Aunt to Joe Thomas, Anthony, Frankie Melillo, and great-nephew Dominic Melillo.
Irene grew up in Maplewood NJ and attended Columbia High school. Her 1969 graduation class included the famous Max Weinberg, who was the long-time drummer for Bruce Springfield’s E Street Band. She attended Monmouth University in West Long Branch NJ for two years where she met JP the love of her life in 1971. They married Sept 11, 1976 at St Michael Church in Long Branch. She loved going to Rock concerts seeing almost 40 of the top bands in the country, including Frank Sinatra 4 times.
Irene and JP settled in Southampton NJ where they raised their two sons. Her career as Title Settlement agent lasted almost 30 years. Irene was tremendously crafty, often doing crafts with her grandchildren and their friends. She was especially talented in crocheting Christmas ornaments and was so excited to give them out as gifts. You can tell that she put her heart into each one of her homemade creations and they brought joy to so many.
Her grandchildren called her Nonna, and she loved spending as much time as possible with them. She was always there when she was needed and took her role as Math tutor seriously. Irene, Mom, Nonna will forever be missed.
Family and friends are invited to her viewing on Thursday, January 13th from 10:00 – 11:00 AM at the Church of the Holy Eucharist, 476 Medford-Tabernacle Road, Tabernacle, New Jersey. A Mass will follow at 11:00 AM. Interment will be in the New St. Mary’s Cemetery in Bellmawr, NJ.
Family request that we follow safety covid-19 guidelines for social distance and mask when possible while in Church.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations in her memory to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude's Place, Memphis, TN 38105. (www.stjude.org)
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