Amy P. Lorio, 65, Basking Ridge resident, special education teacher, volunteer | Bernardsville News Obituaries

Amy P. Lorio (née Cunningham), 65, passed away on Wednesday, June 8, 2022, at her home in the Basking Ridge section of Bernards Township surrounded by her loving family, of colon cancer.

Amy was born in Queens, NY In 2001, she married August Lorio and became stepmother to his children, John and Kaitlin.

In 2004, Amy and Augie’s cherished daughter, Lily, completed their family. Amy loved being a wife and mother and was truly devoted and loving in those roles.

She completed her undergraduate degree and master’s degree at Rutgers University.

She was a gifted special education teacher and taught at Triangle Elementary School in Hillsborough, The Center School in Warren and the Children’s Institute. She retired from the Eisenhower School after teaching there for 21 years.

Her commitment to the students fortunate enough to have her as their teacher and her commitment to her colleagues shone through as she brought her wisdom, hard work and years of experience to her classroom. This especially helped with the challenge of being an educator during the Covid-19 pandemic.

She was active in her community and volunteered at Fellowship Village in Basking Ridge and the Community Soup Kitchen of Morristown, and for decades with the Somerset County Special Olympics.

She also had a gift for nurturing community among her friends and family, and hosting warm, inviting and memorable gatherings to mark milestones and holidays.

Amy was a person with a generous and loving heart and died full of love and gratitude for her family and her friends and for their support during her long and difficult illness.

She is survived by her loving husband, Augie; her daughter, Lily, stepson John (Ciera) Lorio and stepdaughter, Kaitlin Lorio; and her grandsons, Gus and Sully.

Her extended family includes her mother-in-law, Lolabelle Lorio; her sisters, Moira Cunningham (Lew Pepper), Megan Cunningham (Oscar Applegate), Susan (Kevin) Hunt, Jill (Tim) Gregg and Susan (Matt) Conlon; her brother David (Alice) Cunningham; her nieces and nephews, Hannah, Zach (Kate), Melissa (Matt) Hale, Zoe, Tierney, Dylan, Grace, Carly, Dagny, Andrew, Ava, Sam and Katie; a great-niece, Emilia, and a great-nephew, Charlie.

Her warm and generous spirit, her delightful smile and sense of humor and above all, her genuine and loving self, will be terribly missed and never forgotten.

Visitation will be held from 3 to 6 pm on Wednesday, June 15, at the Gallaway and Crane Funeral Home, 101 South Finley Ave., Basking Ridge.

A memorial Mass will be held at 10 am on Thursday, June 16, at St. James Church, 184 South Finley Ave. at Basking Ridge.

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