OBITUARY: CHS Alyssa Anzalone-Newman, 32: “An extraordinary young woman”

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This obituary was sent to Village Green by Douglas Newman.

Alyssa Eve Anzalone-Newman lost her courageous 2.5-year battle with breast cancer on June 6, 2022. She was an extraordinary young woman and a daughter, sister, aunt, granddaughter, niece, cousin and a loving and loving “mother”. adorable dog Ruby. And she was a caring, loyal friend to so many people — from all walks of her life.

Born in New York, Alyssa grew up in South Orange, NJ and graduated from Columbia High School. After graduating from Washington University in St. Louis with honors, she moved to Manhattan to work for Sanctuary for Families, helping victims of domestic violence.

Alyssa Anzalone-Newman

To further her passion for advocating for others, she attended law school at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, where she earned a Juris Doctorate (JD), a Dean’s Fellowship, and a Certificate in Management from The Wharton School. . At Penn Law, she was selected as an Equal Justice Foundation Summer Fellow.

She loved the energy and pace of city life and returned to Manhattan to launch her legal career as an associate at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP. At Orrick, she received recognition from the Empire State Counsel of the NYS Bar Association for more than 50 hours of pro bono legal services provided to low-income people in 2017 and the 2018 Pro Bono Publico Award from the Legal Aid Society for his outstanding volunteer service.

Alyssa then became a litigation officer and assistant attorney general in the office of the New York State Attorney General. And, in 2019, Alyssa joined Columbia University as a Title IX Investigator, coming full circle from her previous work assisting victims at Sanctuary for Families.

Alyssa has always gone the “extra mile” to help others. In high school, she volunteered for four years at St. Barnabas Medical Center and founded and led the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life fundraising initiative, which recruited more than 150 volunteers. In college, she pursued her passion for cancer and served on the leadership team of a Relay for Life of 2,000 volunteers. She was a dedicated program manager for Natural Ties, which provides socialization opportunities for adults with disabilities in St. Louis. And she volunteered as a legal services intern for the Rachel Coalition, which helps victims of domestic violence in Essex County, NJ.

She had a passion for enjoying life, exploring New York and trying new restaurants with her friends and family. She loved to read, watch reality TV, cook and ride her bike in Hudson River Park. Alyssa enjoyed relaxing on the Jersey Shore, skiing and traveling – exploring much of the United States and remarkably visiting nearly 20 countries on five continents, including recent trips with dear friends.

Alyssa was always kind, considerate and generous, intelligent and witty, and enjoyed good conversations and debates about her passions, which often included social justice. She made a remarkable impression on everyone who met her by being a loving and caring person, including worrying about what her family and friends would be after her death.

After her diagnosis, Alyssa traveled with her sister Erica to Illinois to pick up her puppy Ruby, who instantly became the center of her life. She treasured her working relationships and loved her family and friends. She will be deeply missed and leaves behind her sister Erica, brother-in-law Rob, niece Ada, parents Carole and Douglas, grandmother, aunts and uncles, cousins ​​and Ruby.

Donations can be made in Alyssa’s name to the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation, https://tnbcfoundation.org/; metavivor, https://www.metavivor.org/; or family planning, https://www.plannedparenthood.org/.

A funeral service for Alyssa will be held Thursday, June 9, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel, 432 Scotland Rd, South Orange, NJ, followed by a funeral service at Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel Cemetery, 432 Orange Route, Montclair, NJ.

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