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Letitia F. Montes, 80

October 24, 1943 - May 13, 2024

Letitia F. Montes, 80, passed away at her Lancaster, PA, residence on Monday, May 13, 2024, with her loving husband John L. Montes by her side. Tish and John met at a dance, dated for 7 years, and celebrated 57 years of marriage on August 13th.

Born in Jersey City, NJ, she was the daughter of the late John and Helen (Buffone) Chiodo.

She graduated from Jersey City State College and earned her master’s degree in special education from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Tish continued working toward a doctorate at Paterson University. She was an Elementary reading teacher for 25 years, first in Jersey City and then for Waldwick Board of Education.

Tish and John lived in Oakland, NJ, and Wyckoff, NJ, before moving to Lancaster 10 years ago. A devout Catholic, over the years she worshipped Parishes in Hawthorne, NJ, Atlantic City, NJ, and Lancaster, PA.

She had the most beautiful personality and pleasant smile, and always warmed the room. She was very loving and always made John feel good regardless of her concerns. She showed the same care and love to her students, neighbors, and friends.

Tish and John enjoyed travelling to the West Coast, especially California, and Hawaii. When they lived in Southern, NJ, she enjoyed visiting Trump Marina Casino to play the card machines. Tish was a unique home decorator.

An accomplished cook and baker, her signature dishes were lasagna, stuffed shells, and Italian meat sauces. Tish enjoyed visiting Amish country to savor the pies and other baked goods.

In addition to her husband John, Tish is survived by her sister Regina Wolf, wife of David of New Jersey. She was preceded in death by her sister Joann Wilson, wife of James, her brother Francis Chiodo, and her beloved Aunt Angie Orlando.

A Wake will take place Sunday, May 19, 2024, from 1 to 4 pm and on Monday, May 20, 2024, beginning at 8:30 am at Browning-Forshay Funeral Home, 557 Lafayette Avenue Hawthorne, NJ 07506. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday at 9:30 am at St. Anthony Roman Catholic Church, 276 Diamond Bridge Avenue, Hawthorne, NJ 07056. Entombment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Paterson, NJ.

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May 19, 2024

Trish was a fun, thoughtful and generous person. I will truly miss Her! It was an honor and privilege to know Her. Trish, will live in my heart forever!
Ruth Lively

May 19, 2024

Trish was a fun, thoughtful and generous person. I will truly miss Her! It was an honor and privilege to know Her. Trish, will live in my heart forever!
Ruth Lively

May 16, 2024

John, we are so sorry to hear of Tish’s passing. Please know that we are here to help in any way that we can. You are in our prayers! 
Deb & Al Scott

May 15, 2024

I’m deeply saddened by the loss of my dear cousin Letitia.
We shared many meaningful conversations about our faith.
It feels profoundly fitting that she was called home on May 13th, the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima.
Letitia’s faith, warmth and kindness will be remembered and missed.
May she rest in eternal peace embraced by the love of God.
Diane Richardson

May 15, 2024

Dear John, I am very sorry for your lose. TISH and you are forever together. Tish always made me laugh like crazy. We were much alike on our thinking. We sometimes had private conversations I will remember forever. Thank you  John for sharing your beautiful wife and love of your life with me. God bless you and give b you peace.  Love, Frances Marin.  Bradenton, Florida   3 Palm Ave.  

Visitation
Sunday, May 19, 2024
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Browning-Forshay Funeral Home
557 Lafayette Avenue
Hawthorne, NJ 07506
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Monday, May 20, 2024
8:30 AM
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557 Lafayette Avenue
Hawthorne, NJ 07506
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Monday, May 20, 2024
9:30 AM
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276 Diamond Bridge Avenue
Hawthorne, NJ 07056
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