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Giuseppe Auteri


Giuseppe Auteri, 63 of Ringwood, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, May 11, 2017. He had lived in Hawthorne before moving to Ringwood in 1995.

Giuseppe was raised in Solarino, Sicily. His father was a shepherd with hundreds of sheep, and Giuseppe learned to work with animals from his earliest years. He also learned many traditional Italian crafts, such as cheese making and, of course, wine making which would become one of the family’s most beloved pastimes. He came to America at the age of 20 and started working in construction. He loved to dance and Saturday nights you could find him at the “Casa Italiana.” It was there, on one spring night in 1979 that he met Liliana Ceraulo. It was Liliana’s first time ever at the dance hall and ultimately her last as Giuseppe was smitten at first sight. One dance led to another and Giuseppe did the honorable thing very soon thereafter and came to her house to introduce himself to her parents. This gesture told Lillian everything she needed to know about Giuseppe and within a year of meeting they were engaged and then married on September 13, 1980.

Lillian and Giuseppe’s marriage was a special one to say the least, they were truly soulmates and their life together was full of beautiful adventures. It was never a dull moment with Giuseppe. There was always an adventure at the Auteri house. Lillian and Giuseppe worked as a team from day one, making decisions at every stage of their lives together. They built their dream home in Ringwood where Lillian raised their three children while Giuseppe worked tirelessly to support his family. He recreated a little slice of Sicily at his home in Ringwood, keeping a few goats, chickens, rabbits and horses. He loved and cared for his animals with great passion, and enjoyed spending time with them at the beginning and end of each day. He was truly proud of his roots and expressed and lived them daily. Another one of his passions was making homemade Ricotta cheese from the fresh goat milk he collected-just the way he had learned to as a young boy in Sicily. He especially enjoyed sharing his cheese with friends and family. Sunday dinners are a weekly tradition at the Auteri household, and as the years passed, the family grew. Spring was his favorite time of year, and Pasquetta was one of the most important days of the year for Giuseppe. The annual Pasquetta tradition was very special to Giuseppe and his family. A gathering of up to 400 people to eat, drink, and be merry, all for a good cause. Giuseppe was happiest when all of his family was gathered around, and “family” to him included all of his dear friends. While sitting together at this past Sunday dinner with his family, he turned and said to his wife, “what could be more beautiful than this?” How true, and how poignant.

Some twelve years ago, Giuseppe fell forty feet off a roof, an accident he was not expected to survive. During his recovery, his greatest concerns were for his family, and how he would continue to provide for them. The severe pain of his injuries was easier for him to handle than the pain of seeing his family’s anguish. The thousands of prayer chains from around the world and Giuseppe’s faith in God carried him through, and every day after that, for the next 12 years of his life. He was grateful for all that God had blessed him with, especially his family. Material things were of little importance, and even his own well-being was secondary to the needs of those around him. He was selfless, generous, and kind-hearted. Some would describe him as saintly, but he wouldn’t want to be acknowledged that way. He was a very humble and simple man who found happiness in every moment regardless of his pain and suffering. He simply trusted in God’s plan and believed that all things happened for a reason. In the end, God took him home peacefully while laying asleep in his own warm bed next to the love of his life.

Giuseppe is survived by his loving wife, Liliana, of nearly thirty seven years, three children; Frank Auteri, Angelo Auteri and his wife Alison, and Paula Greggo and her husband Vincent, four grandchildren; Joseph, Nicholas, Liliana, and Matthew, two sisters; Rosa Auteri and her husband Rosario, Santina Auteri and her husband Luigi, three brothers; Daniel and his wife Suzanna, Michael and his wife Linda, and Sebastiano and his wife Julie, as well as many, many, many dear friends.

Friends may visit with the family at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne, on Sunday, May 14, 2017 from 2-6 PM.


Funeral services will be held at 9:15 AM on Monday, May 15, 2017 from the funeral home then to Our Lady of Good Counsel 155 West Parkway, Pompton Plains, where a 10:15 AM Mass will be offered. Interment will follow at Christ the King Cemetery, Franklin Lakes.

Guest Book


We are deeply sadden to hear of your Husband,Father,Father-in-Law,and Grandpas passing. He is with the Lord in Heaven watching over you now. He was and is a great and amazing person. We are so grateful that we had the honor to have met him. May God help you in this time of grief. With deepest Sympathy Dominic ans Connie Cascio

Dominic & Connie Cascio


Dear Paula, Vincent and family, My sincerest sympathy to you at this most sad and difficult time. May you find comfort in your loving memories.

Joanne Merolla


We are at a loss words and left with an empty heart. We hope and pray that you all find peace in the passing of a true gentleman, husband, father, grandfather and a wonderful friend to so many people. Love always and forever Anthony, Evana & Enzo Pagano.

Anthony, Evana & Enzo Pagano


Deepest condolences to your entire family. Thinking of all of you during this trying time.

Rob McGinley


So sorry for your loss Lillian, Paula, Frank and Angelo. Our prayers of peace and strength are with you as you go through this. God bless you and the whole family, Love, Patti and Tim Hurley

Patti and Tim Hurley


Joe was my cousin and one of my first friends. I met Joe when I was 8 years old. I spent many of my childhood years with Joe at my nonnas house in paterson where he first lived. On saturdays we would watch cartoons together and he always took me everywhere. I watched him at his judo tournaments I worked with him in construction he was always kind and loving to me. He was like a big brother to me. I will miss him. Rest In Peace Joe.

Sebastian barbagallo


Dear Paula, Vincent, and family, My deepest condolences to all of you. May you find comfort in each other and in the memories you share.

Joanna Henry


Dear Auteri Family: My prayers and heartfelt condolences are with you all during this terrible time. I have nothing but warm memories of Mr. Joe growing up, first at the Hawthorne house, and then when you moved. I know I've been far away from you all and haven't had many opportunities to see you over the years, but I hope you know that my deepest prayers are with you. God bless you all.

Andrea Mayberry


So sorry to hear of your loss. We pray for God's strength and we know that his presence abides with you now. With much love, Bill and Judy Boehm

Bill and Judy Boehm


May you find peace in all your wonderful memories of this very special man.

Bill & Sharon Ellis


Dear Auteri Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. The stories Frank has shared of Joe and his love of family are beautiful and inspiring. You are truly blessed to have such an amazing person in your lives. May you find comfort in each other and the shared memories of Joe's life.

Dawn Methven


Dear Lillian and Family. I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved Joe. I Pray for his peace in Heaven and for you during this difficult time. I know first hand what you are going through. If you ever need to talk you can call me anytime 201-481-6069

Peter Intrabartola

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