Isadora Castello, of River Edge, died January 27, 2019. She was born on August 22, 1925 to Charles Como and Albina Savali Como in Lodi New Jersey. She grew up in Lodi and graduated from Lodi High School in 1942. She was a member of the first graduating class in 1944 of the new Fairleigh Dickinson University founded in Ruther ford, New Jersey. She went on to work as a reporter for the Paterson Evening news and as a copy editor for OS Tyson in NYC. She married her high school sweetheart, Thomas Castello in 1947. Later she managed a retail business with her mother. In the mid 1950’s, on the encouragement of a friend, she began her teaching career as a substitute teacher in Lodi, New Jersey while pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck. She later received a Master’s Degree and completed post-graduate work at the same school. She taught Fourth and Sixth grades at the Columbus School in Lodi. She then went on to teach Honors English and Journalism and founded a Media program at Teaneck High School. Education was her passion and her students brought her great joy. She was devoted to bringing out the best in each student.
After teaching for 25 years, she retired. She and her husband travelled in Europe and took many Elderhostel tours to England, Italy, France and Austria. Isadora and her husband lived in Lodi, Hackensack and moved to River Edge, NJ in 1974. Later in life, she self- published an autobiography on her experience of growing up during the Great Depression and how she built her career.
She is survived by her daughter, Dr. Charlene Castello. She is predeceased by her parents and husband and Sisters Annette and Laura and brother Paul. The family would like to thank the great neighbors in River Edge and the friends at the River Edge Pubic Library for their care and support.
Funeral Service Saturday, February 2nd, 10 AM at the Beaugard-McKnight Funeral Home, 869 Kinderkamack Rd., River Edge. Entombment George Washington Memorial Park, Paramus. Visiting Friday, February 1st, 2-6 PM at the