Quick Chek Cashier 'A Wonderful Person'

Share your memories of 'Babe,' who died of natural causes Monday. She was 78.

Alba "Babe" DeMartino died of natural causes Monday. She was 78.

Babe worked as a Quick Chek cashier in Hopatcong for more than 20 years. Coworker Gay Hoff said she had known Babe since 1989.

"She was like my mother," Hoff said. "She was like a mother to me. She was this wonderful person. Everbody knew her."

Visitations are scheduled for 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Leber-Lakeside Funeral Home in Landing. A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Friday at .

Read her full obituary from Leber-Lakeside below.

Want to share your memories of Babe? Tell us in the comments.

Name: Alba "Babe" DeMartino

Date: November 17th, 1933 - January 9th, 2012

Obituary: Alba “Babe” (nee: Pagano) DeMartino of Hopatcong passed away Monday January 9, 2012 at St. Clare’s Hospital, Denville. She was 78. Born in New York NY, she lived in Bronx NY prior to moving to Hopatcong. Alba was a sales cashier for Quick Chek in Hopatcong since 1992. She enjoyed cooking for her family and adoring her grandchildren and their babies. Beloved wife of the late Pasquale (2002). Devoted mother of Patricia Frezzo and her husband John and James DeMartino and his wife Donna. Cherished grandmother of Jennifer Frezzo Cruz, Nicole Frezzo Morales, Laura Svendsen and Daniel DeMartino. Loving great grandmother of Sydney Grace, Raquel Alba, Peyton James, Tatum Olivia and Guiliana Delfin.

Visitations: 2:00PM to 4:00PM on Thursday, January 12th, 2012 at Leber-Lakeside Funeral Home (map/driving directions)
7:00PM to 9:00PM on Thursday, January 12th, 2012 at Leber-Lakeside Funeral Home (map/driving directions)

Services: 10:00AM at St. Jude Roman Catholic Church on Friday, January 13th, 2012 (map/driving directions)

Cemetery: Stanhope Union Cemetery
Love Lane
Stanhope, NJ 07874 (map/driving directions)

Eric Budinger January 10, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Cant believe Babe Passed. She was such a wonderful person! Always brightened your day when u walked in the store! There could be 20 people waiting to be rung up and no one complained because they knew Babe would brighten your day!
nicky Braun January 10, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Very sad news . Great Lady and will be truly be missed RIP Babe
Tammy January 10, 2012 at 09:22 PM
This is a sad day for Hopatcong.
Brendan Kuty January 10, 2012 at 09:26 PM
I'll remember Babe smiling. The conversations were always quick—how much could you say in the time it takes to buy a newspaper?—but pleasant.
Jennifer Melendez January 10, 2012 at 09:42 PM
She was such a wonderful, happy person and so pleasant to chat with. God rest her soul. She will be missed. Jenn Melendez
Just4myboys January 10, 2012 at 10:11 PM
So sorry to hear that she passed. She was such a wonderful person who really loved her family....I enjoyed our little chats...she'll be truly missef
Laura Damelio January 10, 2012 at 10:31 PM
Babe would hummmmmm to me every morning... She would give me parenting advice and compliment my work outfits all in the time it took to ring up a coffee... She truly was a wonderful person.... and I for one already missed her since the old quick check closed but now miss her even more... RIP Babe....
Rich Smith January 10, 2012 at 10:34 PM
Babe was one of those people who make life in Hopatcong so pleasant. She was part of so many people’s day. I always looked forward to my Saturday morning coffee and lottery ticket. I’d tell her that this is the one we’ve been waiting for and she would always say “Lots of luck Honey.” We only spoke for a minute of two but I would always leave the store happier and brighter. I think everyone in Hopatcong knew and loved Babe and we will all miss her.
Emily January 10, 2012 at 10:56 PM
Rest in peace Babe. You were one of the best. Will miss you.
Melinda Mel Smith Connelly January 11, 2012 at 12:29 AM
Babe you will be dearly missed. I loved seeing you in the moring at Quick check. My condolence to the Family
lisa Dolan January 11, 2012 at 01:18 AM
One of the funniest women I knew ,always had a smart answer for everything , loved going to qc when she was working. I didn't know she was ill but then I didn't go to that qc too often anymore . I will miss her
Ed Friedman January 11, 2012 at 01:51 AM
Babe always had a smile on her face. It was a great way to start my day. Love you Babe.
bredonlakewater January 11, 2012 at 03:37 AM
Wow sad news R.I.P . I know the family . Will always remeber her. Always a nice woman . Ive been seeing her there since i was knee high to a grasshopper. Thoughts and prays to the family. She shall be missed.
tanya January 11, 2012 at 03:37 AM
Babe was a great woman she was always very outgoing and a very happy woman, our condolences to the family and she will deeply missed. RIP BABE!!!
Chrissy January 11, 2012 at 05:00 AM
She was such a sweet woman. Always hummed while she was ringing you up, and just before you grab your stuff and go, she always said "Ok Baby, have a Good Day!" She will be deeply missed by all. Sincere condolences to her family.
Nikki morales January 11, 2012 at 06:15 AM
Thank you all for writing such wonderful things about our loving grandma. She is missed and loved so Much and the whole family is truly blessed to know that she will be missed by all of you thanks so much for all the well wishes the demartino frezzo family thank you all and babe loved all of you as well !!!!
Longtimeresident January 11, 2012 at 11:34 AM
As an old friend of Dan, I offer my deepest condolences to all friends and the family entirely. Rest peacefully, Babe.
Lake Dweller January 11, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Rest in peace, Babe.
Val Glosser January 11, 2012 at 11:45 PM
I met Babe long befor I became an employee of Quick Chek, she always made me smile and I would love to jest with her humor, she made some great faces, that's how I met her and I was a customer. Then I joined Quick Chek and trained in Babes store for 1 week and she said you are going to go places baby, I was just happy to laugh with her and joke on the side with comments you cannot let customers know. She was and is a mentor in my life, I loved her and will miss her but keep her in my soul. Peace Babe and if there is music where your at then like Joan and I would say, "Lets Rock and Roll" Babe to you for being there for so many people who just wanted to see you and hear your OPINION and say Hello! The rock n roll thing of course is 50's but hey that's your era. They all loved your Music. Peace and Love Val , Thanks for all your kindness, advice and love, What a Woman, What a Person!!!!
Dee January 11, 2012 at 11:53 PM
Babe you brightened all of our days and you will be missed. Rest peacefully ....you deserve it.
Bill January 15, 2012 at 05:09 PM
I can't believe Babe is gone, she was such a doll.. I would always kid with her at the register in the morning I would say "Hi Ya Gorgeous, and she would say hello my love, we were teasing it brightened both are days... I loved her sense of humor, it was one thing when they closed the store and broke that crew up but when I heard Babe passed I was at the lakeside QC at night getting some coffee, the minute one of the girls told me I felt my heart drop to my feet, I got my coffee fast and all but ran out of the store. I am not a man prone to tears but when I hit my car, I must have cried forever, Babe was more than somebody who worked at QC, she made you feel like family, I can say this with no fear of contradiction, she was the kind of person that instantly made you feel at like you were always a welcomed sight. Babe, if you are listening, you are missed by this customer, and I am certain you are in heaven, making them smile and laugh, you were a tough cookie... God Bless you, I hope to see you again gorgeous... keep a space open for me on the line :)
hopatcong harry January 15, 2012 at 08:08 PM
Rest In Peace Babe. Coffee , paper ,,Babe, to get the day going. She will be missed!
NANCY AKGUN January 31, 2012 at 09:30 PM
BABE! You will be missed. You were a HOPATCONG institution. I'm so sorry to hear this in Fl. My condolances to her family. R.I.P. BABE. Nancy Akgun/Pompano Beach, Fl.
Willa Scantlebury February 01, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Been here for 20 years myself now. Babe was a staple in Hopatcong and my life! 17 years ago when my child was an infant she made me leave him (in his carry seat) on the check out counter where she could watch him while I got my coffee. A small gesture of help, but with ever lasting impact on both myself and my son. All the following years neither of us could walk in the store without a warm and friendly compliment from her! So sad she's gone now, sniff, I just heard the news. I wished I could have paid my respects. May her soul soar with the eagles as her memory warms our hearts! RIP Babe!
Dawn Zinn March 06, 2012 at 01:26 PM
Babe you were a wonderful person bring joy to many people. I thank GOD for your life and will see you again one day. Maybe I'll be able to bring you coffee!
Nicole April 03, 2012 at 09:40 PM
I'm so sad to hear this. I used to work at the video store when it was there, and I was in Quick Check every day for my coffee...and so was Babe. When I remember Quick Check, she's the first thing that comes to my mind. She was always so kind to everyone who walked in the door. My thoughts are with her family and friends.
n April 11, 2012 at 03:14 PM
Im so sad to hear of this. Strenght to the family... Babe was an amazing person and surely will be missed. I so enjoyed seeing her at quick check and joking with her...xxoo


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