Ava Marie Detore, 23

By on December 17, 2013

Ava-DetoreAva Marie Detore, age 23, of Verona, passed away on Saturday December 14, 2013. The family will receive their friends at the Quinn-Hopping Funeral Home 145 E. Mt. Pleasant Avenue, Livingston, on Thursday December 19, 2013 from 2 to 9 p.m. with a Blessing Service at 8 p.m. Anyone who wishes to share a remembrance and or comment for Ava, may do so during the visitation or during the service. A private cremation service will be held Friday morning.

Ava was a graduate of Montclair Kimberly Academy and Newark Academy. She attended George Washington University and was completing her degree at Fordham University in Manhattan, where she was an intern for the Sony Corporation and was preparing to pursue a masters in psychology.

“I want to help teenage girls” Ava recently said. I want to teach them to empower themselves. Girls need to learn the skills that will help them work as a cohesive group. They need to be more respectful of one another. I want to help kids stop binge drinking in high school. Their brains are developing and it is detrimental”.

She wanted to use music as a way to reach kids. Ava was an active supporter of Operation Smile and was a dog rescuer. She had two dogs named Lyric I and Lyric II. Ava was a prolific artist and a girl who adored her brother and sister and all her friends. She loved to shop and wanted to have her own jewelry and handbag line one day.

Her mother stated, “We have been honored and privileged to be her parents. Her smile could light up the Empire State Building. Her heart was golden, I was recently walking down 10th Avenue in Manhattan with her, a homeless man came up to her smiling and said “what do you have for me today? Ava?”

Beloved daughter of Robert and Debra Starita Detore, loving sister of Andrew Joseph and Tessia Mary Detore, dear granddaughter of Gloria and the late Joseph R. Starita and the late Mary and John Detore, Ava is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory either to Operation Smile, 3641 Faculty Blvd., Virginia Beach, VA 23453; Feed the Children, 1111 Corporate Rd North Brunswick, NJ 07902; or the Fine Arts Department of Newark Academy, 91 South Orange Avenue, Livingston, NJ 07039.

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  1. Kathleen Papaleo

    December 17, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    Condolences to the family, friends and loved ones of Ava Marie Detore. Ava Marie will be shining down from heaven on all of you. Please know that my most sincere sympathies and sorrow are with you all at this time. Mayor and Mrs. Detore may peace find you and may Ava be at eternal rest. God bless all who love this wonderful woman.

  2. The Galife Family

    December 17, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    So very sorry for your loss – our thoughts and prayers go out to your family at this most difficult time. Thinking of all of you.

  3. Cinzia Cortese

    December 18, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    We did not know Ava Marie but we are very sorry that such a young, beautiful life was cut so soon. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family

  4. The Cernuto Family

    December 18, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    Dear Detore Family,
    We are so deeply sorry for your loss. Although we did not personally know Ava, she sounds like an amazing young lady. I’m sure you will forever be proud to call her your daughter. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Tarena, Paul, Hailey and Ryan

  5. Michael Nochimson

    December 19, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time. With deep sympathy, The Nochimson Family.

  6. Jessica M

    December 20, 2013 at 3:10 am

    I only met Ava a handful of times at social occassions about 5 or 6 years ago, I did not know her well, but what I do remember is her always smiling, laughing, and enjoying life. She was always so friendly and made you feel welcome even if she just met you that night. It’s truley tradgic to lose such a beautiful person, inside and out so soon. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Detore family, and all Ava’s close friends and family in this difficult time. May she rest ever so peacefully, beautiful angel. <3

  7. Frank

    December 31, 2013 at 1:22 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss and had the pleasure of meeting Ava and listened to her yell me how special daughter’s ate which fave me strength to fight and win my daughter. I sketched her as a thank you and would love to send family that sketch..soo sad !

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