Flora K. (Guertin) Costantini, 82 of Bridgewater went home to God peacefully on September 1, 2020. She was a loving wife of 58 years to Louis Costantini and together they raised and were dedicated to 5 children, 19 grandchildren and cherished 2 great grandchildren. She leaves her husband Louis, son John Costantini and his wife Elisabetta (their children: Joseph, Christina, Anthony and Zach); daughter Ann Marie Mulhearn and her husband Tom (their children: Matthew, Ryan, Michael, David, Lisa, Alyssa and Katie); daughter Michele Musumeci and her husband Tom (their children: Caitlin and Brian); Paul Costantini and his wife Erica (their children Adam, Ty, Kelli and Nikki); daughter Carolynn Costantini (her children: Ashley Sanchez and Samantha Manfready). Flora was born in Worcester MA, daughter to the late Wilfred (Bon homme) and Clara (Terlizzi) Guertin and is also predeceased by her brother Michael Guertin.
Flora was a native of Worcester MA and holds countless memories of family there and in Cape Cod. She fondly remembers Cheshire CT where they first raised their family and later Kennebunk ME where her and Lou found it too cold to stay long. In 1978 they moved the family and settled happily in Bridgewater where they remained until their large home that held so many memories became too much. A graduate of the Katherine Gibbs School, Flora was an executive secretary and retired from Beneficial Corporation in 1997.
Flora and Lou hosted countless gatherings with family and friends. She loved to host, tolerated cooking and her home was decorated early for every Catholic holiday. As their family grew they renovated to create a dining room large enough for everyone. Christmas Eve has always been a favorite family holiday at the Costantini’s. It involved an early start, a lot of fish, tons of laughter, presents and quite a bit of chaos. Flora and Lou hosted every Easter spending hours hiding Easter eggs for grandchildren and great grandchildren. Flora loved to have a beautifully set table which she would prepare days ahead. Over the past several years everyday was a holiday for Flora. She would often set the table “to get ready”, Lou would put things away and she would set things up again the next day. When not hosting Flora travelled frequently between NJ, PA, and MA to be celebrate countless milestones with her grandchildren.
Flora’s nurturing spirit and inviting personality welcomed and sustained many strong friendships throughout the years. She has always found tremendous strength in God, the Catholic Faith and the Parish Community. She has been an active member of St Bernard of Clairvaux for 30 years, where she founded the Golden Stewards and Prayer Shawl Ministry. Flora was also a Certified Spiritual Director, Eucharistic Minister, Lector, Parish Council member and a recipient of the Merle Anderson award which recognized her contributions to the parish. In addition she attended and was involved with the Cornerstone Retreat, a member of Small Christian Community Group and the Hospital Ministry.
Family will receive friends from 5pm - 8pm on Tuesday, September 8, at Bridgewater Funeral Home on Route 28 in Bridgewater. Mass and entombment will be at 10am on Wednesday, September 9, at St Bernard of Clairvaux in Bridgewater. In lieu of flowers, donations to St Bernard of Clairvaux in Bridgewater NJ.
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