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Joseph P. Bongiovanni


Joseph P. Bongiovanni, aged 90, formerly of Barnegat, NJ, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 1, 2017.

Joe was born to Vincenzo and Sophia Bongiovanni in Naugatuck Ct. in 1926. He would be the first generation Italian -American for our family. He moved with his family to the Bronx and graduated there from high school. He then joined the United States Navy and fought in World War II. Joe served aboard the USS New Orleans, having seen action in the Pacific Theater and the battle at Okinawa; though not a topic of conversation for him , he was extremely proud.

After the war, he continued his education and graduated from Adelphi University in Garden City NY with a Bachelor's Degree and pursued a career as an investment advisor for various companies: Spencer Trask, Rothschild, and Merrill Lynch.

In September 1949, Joseph married Eleanor Marie Jambor and for the next 52 years they enjoyed a blessed, loving marriage, while raising their 3 children: Robert, Barbara, and Peter. Yankee games, going out to restaurants, vacationing (particularly on Cape Cod) and most of all, family dinners with everyone were the memories their children cherish the most.

After retirement, Joe and Eleanor traveled extensively. They took cruises to many different destinations, and traveled throughout Europe. They visited many memorable places such as Italy, Ireland. Egypt, Israel, and Greece to name a few. Above all though, he was dedicated to his family. Nothing was more important to him than his wife, his children, his grandchildren, and great grandchildren, who all in turn will remember him as a man of sincere honesty and integrity. Joseph was an extraordinary man that touched the lives of many people and will be sincerely missed by everyone who knew him.

Joseph is survived by his three children; his son Robert Bongiovanni and his wife Rosalia of Wayne, his daughter Barbara Barra and her husband James of Carmel, NY, and his son Peter and his wife Joanne of Salt Point, NY; six grandchildren: Joseph and his wife Laurie, Thomas and his wife Aimee, Daniel and his wife Kim, Rhiana, James Austin, and Mark, and eight great grandchildren: Alina, Nicholas, Siena, Justin, Kaitlyn, Samantha, Hailey, and Emerson. Joseph was predeceased by his wife of 52 years, Eleanor (nee Jambor) in 2001, and is the last of his parents five children.

Friends may visit with the family at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne, on Friday, February 3, 2017 from 4-8 PM.

Funeral services will be Saturday February 4th at St Mary’s RC Church 55 Catoonah St, Ridgefield, CT 06877 where at 1:15PM a funeral mass will be celebrated. (Please meet at Church on Saturday).

Interment will be in St Mary’s Cemetery Ridgefield, CT.

Flowers are a most welcome gesture, those who would like to make a donation in Joe’s name may make it to the charity of their choice.

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My name is Luisa Flores and I am a Jehovah's Witnesses. Although there are no words that can take away the pain of your loss but I can assure you that Jehovah our God and Father is with you and will help you through your pain. I'd like to share with you Jehovah's promise for the dead. I recently lost my father and these scriptures gave me comfort. Acts 24:15, John 5:28,29 & Rev 21:1-4.

Luisa Flores


Thinking about all the Bongys at this difficult time and there with you in spirit if not in body. Will always have fond memories of Mr. B. Love and Prayers from Alabama.

Wes Cable

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