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Joseph Braverman


Joseph Braverman, age 93, of Wayne, passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 23, 2017.

Joe was born in Brooklyn, NY on August 13, 1923. He grew up in Passaic where he graduated from Passaic High School. After graduation he went to work in his father's mattress factory, United Bedding, in Passaic. Joe joined the Marines in 1943 where he proudly served in campaigns to retake a number of Pacific Islands including Iwo Jima. He participated in the occupation of Japan at the end of World War II.

He was discharged in December of 1945 and went back to work at United Bedding with his father. Upon his father's death in 1956, he took over the business. After marriage, Joe and his wife moved to Clifton where he helped to establish a loving home for their three children. He continued working at United Bedding until suffering from a major heart attack in his mid-fifties. In 1984, Joe moved in with his daughter, Lisa, in Wayne. He was very close to his grandchildren and enjoyed being a loving grandpa. Through a strong will and the care of his loving family, he was able to enjoy many years watching his family grow. Joe was a medical marvel, outliving all medical predictions.

He enjoyed swimming and water sports, and spent many summers at a cottage on Lake Hopatcong with his many dear friends. Joe also got much pleasure watching sports and movies on TV and keeping track of the stock market. He loved animals, especially his beloved German Shepherds, Caesar and Rigo, and later in life his little companions Brie, and Brody. If not for working in the family business, Joe would have pursued a career as a Veterinarian.

He was a devoted and loving son, brother, husband, son-in-law, father, grandpa, great-grandpa, uncle, friend, and boss. Joe was known to all as a kind, loving, gentle, and generous soul. He was selfless, no matter what the circumstance, he was always there when anyone needed him. He put all others before himself and always had a kind word to say, focusing on the good in all. He had a great sense of humor even if the joke was on him.

Joe is survived by his loving daughter: Lisa Bosco and former son-in-law Ron Bosco of Wayne, two sons: Peter Braverman of Edison and Jon Braverman of Denver. Five dear grandchildren: Kristi and husband Michael McHale, Greg Vincek, Bret Bosco, Brielle Bosco, and Joshua Braverman; five cherished great-grandchildren: Ryan, Caiden, and Brynn McHale, and Lucas and Nicholas Vincek; several nieces and nephews, and his loving dog and companion Brody. He was predeceased by his sister Beatrice Garber.

Friends may gather with the family for Memorial Visitation at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne, on Sunday, April 30, 2017 from 2:00 to 4:30 PM. A Memorial Service will immediately follow visitation and begin in the funeral home at 4:30 PM.

In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy in Joseph’s name are asked to consider the Semper Fi Fund 825 College Blvd, Suite 102, PMB 609, Oceanside, CA 92057 ( for his dedication to the U.S. Marines, or Animal Welfare Institute 900 Pennsylvania Ave., SE, Washington, DC 2003 ( because of his love for animals.


Guest Book


Dear Lisa, Bret & family, Thinking of you, please accept my heartfelt sympathy. Sending you healing and blessings during this time of your grief. Your Dad & Grandfather will remain in your hearts forever. Much Love & Peace, Kara OOOX

Kara Emmons


Condolences from the entire Alger family in Massachusetts - Joe was a larger than life visitor to our house many years ago and his Marine Corps bond with my Dad was a strong one. Today I raised my flag in their honor. George Alger Ipswich,MA

George Alger Jr.


Dear Lisa: Wishing you & your beautiful family my sincere condolences on the loss of your father. You did all that you could to give him an enjoyable life these past years. You & yours are in my thoughts & prayers.... Sincerely, Jay

Jay Yancy

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