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Obituary for Jennie Ragonese

Jennie Ragonese (nee Bellace) of Cherry Hill, NJ, died June 4, 2017. She was. Beloved wife of the late Joseph Carcara and Samuel Ragonese. Loving mother of Philip J. Carcara (late Helene) of Delray Beach, FL; Maryann Matarese (William) of Cherry Hill, NJ; Nicasia Cola (late Nicholas) of Voorhees, NJ; Janice Borrelle (late Frank III) of Cherry Hill, NJ; 10 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Loving stepmother of Joanne Cooper of Glassboro, NJ; Lois Phillips of Sicklerville, NJ; Dianne Wojciechowski (Edward) of Pittsgrove, NJ; and Samuel Ragonese (Donna) of Elk Twp., NJ.

On June 4, 2017, at the age of 96, Jennie peacefully passed from this life. She was a loving and devoted daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend to all during those years.

Jennie was the daughter of Italian immigrants, Giuseppe and Nicasia Bellace. They resided in Philadelphia, PA and had 11 children, 4 boys and 7 girls. It was with them that she learned the value and love of family.

On Valentine’s Day in 1942 she married Joseph Carcara. They had a loving and caring home in Philadelphia and later in Upper Darby, PA with their son and 3 daughters. While raising her children Jennie also worked outside the home as a seamstress but she was always there for her family. They eventually settled in Cherry Hill, NJ. After 37 years of marriage, she met with the untimely death of her beloved Joe, the love of her life. During her time with him and after, her family grew with 10 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

In the summer of 1982, she opened her heart again and married Samuel Ragonese. Sam had three daughters, a son, 9 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren so her family increased again. They enjoyed each other’s love and companionship for 25 years until Sam was called home.

Jennie was blessed with a full life and so were those who shared in it. She has now left us to receive her well-earned rest in eternal happiness but she will remain in our hearts forever.

Eternal rest grant unto her Our Lord and let perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace!

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the viewing Friday morning 10 to 10:45 AM in Holy Eucharist RC Church, 344 Kresson Road, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034. Mass of Christian Burial 11 AM. Interment SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Springfield, PA. For those who wish, contributions in her memory may be made to The Larc School, 1089 Creek Road, Bellmawr, NJ 08031 (

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10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Holy Eucharist Church

344 Kresson Road
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034

Mass of Christian Burial




11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Holy Eucharist Church

344 Kresson Road
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034





1:15 PM
SS. Peter and Paul Cemetery

1600 Sproul Road
Springfield, PA 19064

Memorial Contribution

The Larc School

1089 Creek Road
Bellmawr, NJ 08031

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