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Carmen Passalacqua

2/4/2017

**PLEASE NOTE: due to the forecast snow storm, all scheduled events for Thursday are being moved one day forward to Friday, Feb. 10, 2017. All times and locations remain unchanged.

Carmen F. Passalacqua, age 97, of Jackson and formerly of Paterson, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 4, 2017.

Carmen was born in Paterson and lived there for nearly sixty years in the Totowa section. Following retirement, he had lived in Jackson, NJ for the past thirty-eight years.

Carmen attended Eastside High School in Paterson, then he took a job at the Paterson Throwing Company – one of the silk city’s many textile factories. While there he was drafted into the U.S. Army where he proudly served during World War II as a machine gunner in campaigns in Central Europe including Italy, Germany, and France. For his brave service, Carmen was the recipient of the European-African-Middle Eastern Service Medal, American Service Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal.

After the war, Carmen returned to his job at the Paterson Throwing Company where he was a member of the Textile Workers Union of America. There he met his wife Antoinette “Ann” Sacco and they were married at St. Mary’s RC Church in Paterson in 1948. Eventually, Carmen took the test to become a U.S. letter carrier. He proudly passed and began a career in 1953 with the U.S. Postal Service and was a member of the National Association of Letter Carriers. During the span of more than thirty years as a postal worker, his route was always in Paterson and always on foot. He burned through a lot a pairs of shoes and made many friends along the way as he faithfully and reliably supplied mail to his Paterson residents.

During the years since their retirement, Carmen and his wife Anne travelled extensively throughout the United States and Canada, as well as Italy. They enjoyed sixty years of marriage as “best friends”, lovingly devoted to each other until Ann’s passing in 2009. They were always committed to their Catholic faith and were faithful parishioners of St. Mary’s Church in Paterson and Saint Monica Church in Jackson.

When he wasn’t working, Carmen loved to bowl and was a member of numerous bowling leagues, some with Anne who also liked to bowl. These bowling competitions took him all over the country. He also loved to collect rare and valuable coins and stamps and he was a big fan of baseball – faithfully devoted to rooting for the Brooklyn Dodgers until they unfaithfully left town for sunshiny Los Angeles, California. Then he became a Mets fan.

While Carmen and Anne were not able to have children of their own, Carmen enjoyed a special relationship with his nephews and niece and his many great nieces and nephews. He loved spending time with them and they especially enjoyed his good-natured wit.

Carmen was predeceased by his beloved wife of sixty years - Antoinette “Ann” (Sacco) in 2009; his brother Andrew Passalacqua, and his sister Josephine Gallo; and his nephew Eugene Passalacqua. He is survived by his dear nephews and niece: Anthony J. Passalacqua and fiancé Josephine Ricca of Wayne, Andrew Passalacqua of Montrose, PA, Nicholas D. Gallo and wife Lois of Glen Ridge, Robert Gallo of Lake Hopatcong, and Joyce Deehan of Parsippany; and many great-nieces and great-nephews.

Friends may visit with the family on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 from 4:00 – 8:30 PM at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9:00 AM on Friday, February 10, 2017 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 580 Ratzer Road, Wayne. Please meet directly at the church. Entombment will follow at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Totowa. The family would like to invite all friends and family to Nanni's Restaurant, 53 W. Passaic St., Rochelle Park, to share and remember the special man Carmen was, on Friday at approximately 11:30 AM. 

In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy in Carmen’s name are asked to consider the National Kidney Foundation, Finance Department, 30 East 33rd St. New York, NY 10016 (www.kidney.org), or the American Heart Association PO Box 417005 Boston, MA 02241-7005 (www.heart.org).

Guest Book

2/8/2017

Brother Letter Carrier you've made the ultimate delivery, rest in peace!Don Hill,President NALC Branch 120.

Don Hill


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