Elva PC
Elva May Cavallo
  • 93 years old
  • Date of birth: Feb 18, 1921
  • Date of passing: Sep 6, 2014
Love and Memories Last Forever


Elva May Cavallo (née Van Stine) 93, of Monroeville (Elk Twp.) NJ, passed away on September 6, 2014, at home, surrounded by her loving family. 

Elva was the awesome, loving, devoted mother of three children, nine grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.  She was a former member of the Ferrell Ladies Auxiliary, a former volunteer ambulance driver with the Ferrell Fire Company, and the best cake decorator in South Jersey!  Elva embraced her Catholic faith with dedication and joy, setting a shining example that is an inspiration to everyone who knew and loved her.  For over fifty years, she hosted family gatherings in her home every Thursday night, without fail, when she would lovingly serve her famous spaghetti and meatballs for all to enjoy.

Beloved wife of 52 years to the late Samuel Cavallo.  Devoted mother of Judith A. (Stephen) Johnson of Mullica Hill, MaryAnne (Steven) Simmons of Elk Twp., and Samuel T. (Deborah) Cavallo of Elk Twp., NJ.    Loving grandmother of Renié, Jennine, Audrey, Christopher, Christy, Alexandrea, Abagail, Michael, and Alyssia, and great-grandmother of Brian, Luca, Wyatt, Jake, and Giovanni.  Dear daughter of the late Julius and Florence Van Stine.

Family and friends are invited to her viewing Thurs. 9-10:30AM and Mass of Christian Burial 11AM at Catholic Community of the Holy Spirit, Holy Name of Jesus Church, 17 Earlington Ave., Mullica Hill, NJ.  Interment Holy Name of Jesus Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to www.CatholicCharitiesCamden.org  or to Vitas Hospice at www.vitas.com.  

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Derek Smith on 14th November 2014

"My (great), aunt Elva. It's been almost two months since she's gone to be with her Savior. I have many fond memories from my childhood, driving, with my dad and mom, from Philadelphia while visiting my grandma, Mary Arcidiacono, at her little row-house on Mountain St., out to the country and the 30 acre truck-farm my great grandpa Cavallo, bought and worked in the 1930's and '40's and left to his son, my great uncle Sam, (my grandma Mary's Arcidiacono's brother). My aunt Elva was the only blonde and blue eyed Italian I'd ever seen and the only Sicilian with a Dutch maiden name(chuckle). She was sweet and kind and gentle and loved us whenever we came to visit. I have many fond memories of our visits there. The most memorable is a visit one Summer when the cherry tree near her kitchen window was heavy with cherries. Aunt Elva let us pick and eat cherries to our hearts content but gently stopped us before we made ourselves sick. My little face and hands were stained red for hours afterward. The cherry tree was gone much too soon and now, so is my aunt Elva. I love you aunt Elva and miss you. Thank you for all the love and hospitality you showed us over the years. Rest in Christ until we meet again."

This tribute was added by Debbie Neighbor on 11th September 2014

"My  condolences go out to the family and friends of Elva.  From reading about her I know she will be missed and was loved by many.  No matter what, it can truly be said that death is an enemy and soon it will be brought to nothing (1Cor. 15:26).  I have found much comfort in the Bibles promise of a resurrection hope of our loved ones at John 5:28, 29 and hope you will too.  Death was never a part of Gods original purpose, in fact he yearns to soon bring an end to it and the suffering it cause your family and friends.  Revelation 21:4 states: "And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore.  The former things have passed away."  I did not know Elva, but I read her obituary and I hope these scriptures will help to bring some comfort knowing that others care.  If you would like to learn more about the Bibles promises and the hope it brings, please feel free to contact me."

This tribute was added by Robert Arcidiacono on 10th September 2014

"I'll always remember my times on the Farm with Aunt Elva and Uncle Sam. Al and I would spend a week there at the Old Farm House during the Summer. For "City Kids" it was a big deal. And, during those times dear Aunt Elva was always there taking care of us; making sure we slept at a decent hour and ate enough. She was there for us, and we never forgot. She made it a wonderful adventure. Live on in our memories Aunt Elva, and say hello to Uncle Sam for us. We love you! Robert"

This tribute was added by Phyllis Healy on 10th September 2014

"In memory of my Dear and Loving Aunt,
She was a second mother to me and I loved her dearly. In these last days I have thought  of a poem titled "While Yet There is Time" that I first saw posted on the wall of a dying patient's room.
Part of it says:
"While yet there is time, Love and be loved ...
While yet there is time, live, labor but live and labor so that when you are gone, everyone will see that where once you were an emptiness yawns." Razul

This expresses my emotions today. No one loved better or was loved more. Today there is a yawning emptiness but as time goes by it will be filled with all the warmth and love generated by her gentle spirit.
Goodbye Aunt Elva please give those we loved a big kiss.
All my love,


This tribute was added by Celia Osmola on 9th September 2014

"Judy, Renie,' Jennine, Audrey, Christopher and the entire Cavallo  family. All my thoughts and prayers are with you. I know this is a very sad time but now she is at peace with her husband. They can celebrate in heaven.

Love Celia and Ted"

This tribute was added by MaryBeth Fanning on 9th September 2014

"Jennine...we are so sorry about your grandma's passing. Please know that you and your family are in our prayers, and know she is at peace and in a better place.

xoxo Aunt MB, Uncle Jack, Katie, & Jack"

This tribute was added by Michael Gerard on 9th September 2014

"To Sam and family, we are sorry for your loss. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. The Gerard Family"

This tribute was added by Megan Raye on 9th September 2014

"Some of my best childhood memories are from staying at the farm with all my cousins and Aunt Elva & Uncle Sam: the pool, the penny poker, the Christmas Dinners with 25 of us crammed into the living room. I love and miss you all. Megan"

This tribute was added by Barbara Pizzuto on 9th September 2014

"To the Cavallo Family ; I will miss my favorite godmother with all my heart . She was a wonderful person in my life. I will always treasure the time we had down on the farm. The wonderful job she did on my wedding cake with Mike. God bless her and may she find comfort knowing how much she was loved ! ILove you !  I will miss you Love  Always Barbie"

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