Frances D. Chorba, known to all as Kim, died at home Sunday, March 5, 2023 in the care of her loving family. She was 67.
Born in Brooklyn, Kim was the daughter of Joseph and Annette Scifo. Raised primarily in Garfield, she was a 1973 graduate of Paramus Catholic High School. She went on to study political science at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York, and graduated in 1977 with her Bachelor’s Degree.
While both were working at Spa 23 in Pompton Plains in the late 1980s, Kim met John Chorba. The two fell in love, and married on October 15, 1989.
Settling in Pompton Plains, John and Kim happily stayed in town to raise their family. The sun rose and set for Kim on the lives of her husband and their two sons, John and Dillon. Her extended family and friends were a focal point of her life, and she delighted in entertaining them at her home. The door was always open at the Chorba house. She was an exceptional cook, and enjoyed spoiling those she loved with her amazing dishes.
In the 1990s, she worked as the Director of Training and Vice President for a financial investment firm in Montvale. She later worked for many years as an advocate for childhood education as the Director for Catholic School Families for the Dioceses of Paterson and Metuchen. In recent years, Kim continued to serve others by becoming a licensed real estate agent.
As a longtime parishioner of Holy Spirit Church, faith was central to Kim’s life. With a Catholic practice formed from her Italian American roots, Kim held tightly to her beliefs and was devoted to the Blessed Mother.
Since childhood, Kim held a long appreciation for the arts, and most specifically, theater. She was an employed actor in her 20s, and later refined her skills as an accomplished Theater Director. Kim opened an acting school where she would train young actors in the arts and in life.
As a longtime resident of Pequannock Township, Kim was an active community servant. She was a patriot and proud American who believed strongly in giving back. She spent 16 years on the Board of Directors at Hearle Village in Pequannock, and also volunteered for the Pequannock Township Flood Committee for over a decade. She was a court-appointed mediator for the Morris/Sussex Vicinage.
Kim was a deeply loved wife, mother, sister, aunt, and friend. She will be dearly missed by her loving family: her husband, John Chorba; her sons, John Chorba and his wife Dana, and Dillon Chorba and his fiance Jamie Cotone; her sister, Mary Ann Roberts and her late husband Lou; her brother, Joseph Scifo and his wife Yolanda; her mother-in-law, Marjorie Chorba and her late husband John; her brothers-in-law, Thomas Chorba and his wife Ann, Michael Chorba and his wife Allison, and Joseph Chorba and his wife Maryann; her nieces and nephews, Tiffany, Natascha, Corinne, Esther, Donnie, Lacey and her husband Alex, Louis and his wife Maria, Megan, Ryan, Giulia, and Gabriella; and her great-nieces and nephews, Aria, Hudson, Gemma, Luca and Kaia. She was also predeceased by her parents, Joseph and Annette Scifo.
Visiting hours will be held Thursday from 4-8 pm at the funeral home. A funeral Mass will be held 11 am Friday at Holy Spirit RC Church, Pequannock. Cremation will be private.
In lieu of flowers donations in Kim’s memory to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or the Tunnel to Towers Foundation would be greatly appreciated by her family.