Claudia Burzichelli, Bridgewater, New Jersey and Cape May Point, New Jersey; passed away on Friday, June 7, 2013.
She was born August 13, 1958, in Bremerhaven, Germany to Norma G. Dowling and the late Peter G. Dowling. Claudia graduated from Douglas College, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. She was married to Robert J. Burzichelli, Esq. on August 16, 1986. They shared 26 wonderful years together.
She was the founder and executive director of the Center for Effective School Practices (CESP) of Rutgers University. CESP supports implementation of up-to-date research-based practice in preschools, and elementary, middle, and high schools. Operating at the intersection of education practice and university-based research, CESP includes the Academy for Teaching and Learning, the Charter School Resource Center, the Coalition of Essential Schools-New Jersey, the Public Education Institute, and the Small Schools Resource Center. CESP also provides Project-Based Learning and Critical Friends Groups training. CESP is the Rutgers base of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Educational Laboratory. She was a fierce and effective advocate for public education in New Jersey.
Additionally she was a member of the Board of Directors for the America the Beautiful Fund.
Claudia recently testified before a NJ State Assembly Committee on the newly introduced Death with Dignity Bill. She was subsequently voted one of the top 50 most influential people in health care in New Jersey for 2013. She enjoyed painting, tap dancing, Rutgers football, and the Jersey shore.
Claudia was survived by her beloved husband, Robert J. Burzichelli, Esq; her beloved daughters, Corinne Burzichelli and Jacqueline Burzichelli; her mother, Norma G. Dowling; her brother, John P. Dowling; her father-in-law Mayor John D. Burzichelli; her brother and sister-in-laws Assemblymen John J. Burzichelli and Janice McKenzie, Dominick J. Burzichelli and Karen Burzichelli, and Theodore Burzichelli and Carolyn Burzichelli; as well as her nieces and nephew: Jessica Burzichelli, Melissa Burzichelli, Shannon Burzichelli, and Daniel Burzichelli and her aunt Nanine Dowling.
Visiting hours will be held Tuesday, June 11 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Cusick Funeral Home, 80 Mountain Ave, Somerville, NJ 08876. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, June 12 at 9:30 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Church, 35 Mountain Ave, Somerville, NJ 08876.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donation be made to the Rutgers University Foundation in the Memory of Claudia Burzichelli. You can send your donation to the Rutgers University Foundation, 7 College Ave, New Brunswick, NJ 08901, Attention: Keith Richardson.