Ellen Cathleen Vergona, 76 formerly of North Carolina was born in Bayonne New Jersey on December 12, 1947 to Alfred and Eleanor Johnston and entered peacefully into eternal rest on Saturday, January 20, 2024 with family by her side. She is survived by her daughters Michelle Weber (Mike) of SC and Tracy Rosell (Brian) of NJ, step daughters Lisa Fobian (Mike), Danielle Parker (John) and step sons Vincent Vergona (Gina) and Michael Vergona (Kim) all from NJ, sister Christine Gural (Frank) of NJ, brother Alfred Johnston of NJ, sister Marcy Bogue of FL and Theresa Christopher (James) of NJ. She was a cherished Grammy to Jessica Smith (Bryan) of WI, Kate Weber (Riley) of MN, Kristopher Weber of NC and Brynn
Rosell of NY. She was a cherished GGMom to Wyatt Smith of WI and has many cousins, nieces and nephews who loved her; as well as her former husband John Barbarotta(Patty) of NJ. She is preceded in death by her husband Vincent Vergona, her parents Alfred and Eleanor Johnston and brother-in-law John Bogue along with many beloved aunt and uncles. Ellen attended St. Joseph the Carpenter Elementary School in Roselle and finished her schooling at Benedictine Academy in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Along with her husband “Vinny”, she was a proud owner of Mama Gs and Vergona’s Pizzeria and Restaurant both in NJ along with Vergona’s Italian Café. After the passing of her husband, she became the store manager for Kmart in Florida and retired as the store manager for Kmart in North Carolina. She adored her two cats Punkin and Tigger and was a proud supporter of the ASPCA. She loved to play the piano and was an accomplished pianist in her younger years. One of her favorite pasttimes was getting Facetime calls from her great grandson Wyatt and listening to music, especially Josh Groban. She loved her sweets, but her favorite was “anything chocolate”. A Celebration of Life will be held in her honor at a future date in her home state of New Jersey. Her caretakers did an excellent job providing the healthcare she needed. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Brunswick Health & Rehab Center located at 9600 Number 5 School Road in Ash, NC or Lower Cape Fear LIfeCare located at 1414 Physicians Drive in Wilmington, NC.