Chiara D'Agostino

Chiara D'Agostino

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Chiara Alice D’Agostino, 48, of Montclair, New Jersey, passed away on August 4, 2020. Born October 25, 1971 in Montclair, Chiara was the youngest daughter of Carmela D’Agostino and the late Pasquale D’Agostino and sister to Mary and Michael D’Agostino.

She graduated from Montclair High School in 1989 and attended SUNY New Paltz where she received a Bachelors of Arts in dance. She worked in the service industry and in education before returning to school to earn her Master’s Degree in Italian Culture from Middlebury College in 2014. Chiara loved studying and teaching Italian, and in both college and graduate school she spent a full year studying abroad in Florence. From a young age she delighted in the freedom and adventure of travel, and many of her happiest memories were spent as a young child in her parents’ hometown of Lacedonia, Italy.

Shortly after completing her Master’s Degree, Chiara was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer which later metastasized. She began writing about her experiences on her blog, Beauty Through the Beast, where she offered an uncensored account of her battle against cancer. After her double mastectomy she walked the runway of New York Fashion Week for the lingerie brand AnaOno and began a career in modeling with appearances in Oprah Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and a Dove campaign. Her platform also led to a new calling in patient and health care advocacy as she pushed for the expansion of Medicaid in New Jersey and the protection of the Affordable Care Act in Washington, D.C. Through both her modeling and advocacy work her followers were inspired by her strength, bravery, and honesty.

Chiara spent her last weeks in her sister’s home in Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey and passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family. She is survived by her mother, sister, and brother as well as her five nieces, Melinda Taylor, Roxana Wells, Veronica Lee, Jessica Lee, and Carina Lee, her nephew Michael P. D’Agostino, seven grandnephews, and one grandniece.

A funeral mass will be held on Saturday, August 8 at 10 o’clock in the morning at St. Cassian Church in Montclair and will be livestreamed on Facebook. A virtual shiva will also be held on Thursday, August 9 at 6:30 in the evening via Zoom.
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    Saturday, August 8th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Saturday, August 8th, 2020 10:00am
    St Cassian Church
    187 Bellevue Ave
    Upper Montclair, NJ 07043
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Kerrie Collings

Posted at 03:48pm
Very sad to hear of Chiara's passing. She was and still is an inspiration to those of us with breast cancer. The world is a darker place without her. My heart goes out to her family and loved ones. May you have peace and comfort.

Italian Teachers Association of NJ

Posted at 08:26am
On behalf of the Board of Directors of Italian Teachers Association of NJ of which Chiara was a faithful member, we extend our warmest condolences,
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Diane , Michael & Gabriella Marzullo

Posted at 05:55am
To Carmela and family our deepest prayers and condolences. Sometimes it's so hard to understand God's plan but know that he loves us, your beautiful daughter is with him now Michael and Gabriella send their love.

Vanessa Salazar

Posted at 04:25pm
Sending prayers to the whole family. May you find comfort and peace during this time. Chiara will always be part of my prayers. You are loved more than you know Chiara. I’m giving you a huge hug.

Francesca Panza

Posted at 12:52pm
My condolences to the family. Know that Chiara is in a much better place now and hoping that she's finally at peace. I forgive you, Chiara, go in peace. May the Gates of Heaven welcome you with open arms.

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