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Kenneth Cioletti


Kenneth R. Cioletti, age 71, of Wayne, passed away on Thursday, October 5, 2017.

Born and raised in Paterson in his parent’s home on East 28th Street, Ken’s inquisitive nature and sharp intellect were contributing factors in helping him to be a member of the honor roll and graduating seventh in his class from Eastside High School with the Class of 1963.

After high school, Ken attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, then graduated with a bachelor’s of science degree from Farleigh Dickinson College in May, 1967. He pursued more learning by going next to Rutgers College where, in 1970, he graduated with his masters of Science degree in chemistry, before moving on to SUNY College and graduating in 1978 with a doctorate in optometry. Ken began work as an optometrist but knew after one year that the challenge just was not there for him. A lover of photography, and a chemist at heart, Ken was able to formulate the chemicals needed to develop photos on his own, so he turned this knowledge into a career. He worked for a company formulating industrial press washes and hard surface cleaners for large scale printing. Then in 1995, he started his own company called Green Globe Industries in Rutherford, in which he developed chemicals for upstream oil production. Simultaneously, Ken started a consulting company which he called Sportco, consulting with various industries including sporting goods and cosmetics validation. His specialty was analytics – determining the chemical makeup of different products. Then, in 2015, Ken started a company with his son Matthew called Spec Chem in which they manufactured chemicals in Paterson. Ken was typically enthusiastic about all his pursuits, but none as much as working with his son in their new venture.

In 1973, Ken met his wife through mutual friends. Her name was Marie Hannan and, at the time they first met, Marie was actually dating someone else, but it couldn’t have been too serious. As Valentine’s Day was approaching, Marie decided that whoever gave her a Valentine’s card first – her present boyfriend or Ken – that would be who she would go out with. Ken gave her the card first and their first date was to The Barn in Wyckoff followed by a night at the movies for a showing of The Sting. They married on June 15, 1975 at St. Mary’s Church in Pompton Lakes. Then, after a reception at the Russian Hall in Singac, they honeymooned throughout Maine and New Hampshire before settling down in an apartment in Clifton. They moved for a short time to a better apartment, also in Clifton, before settling in Wayne in 1980. That house in Wayne has been home ever since. There, they raised their three sons and spent many fun-filled, interesting times together over their forty-two year marriage.

Throughout his entire life, Ken never had any trouble amusing himself and those around him. Ken grew up in the comic book era. Consequently, as a boy, a Sunday morning tradition typically included a walk to the local comic book store with a bunch of change in his pocket to get the latest edition of some sci-fi, super hero comic book. To this day, he still has all of those books from his childhood. His love of chemistry also started from a young age expressed through an interest in explosives. His sons remember Easter egg hunts at their aunt’s house where all the kids especially wanted to find the egg with $25 in it. One year, that prize egg was hidden in a gopher hole in the yard. When one of his sons reached into the hole to see if the egg was there, it slipped further down the hole and out of reach. Ken’s solution was to blow up the gopher hole to gain access to the prize. It worked……sort of, except that the egg and $25 prize became collateral damage from the explosion. Everyone had a good laugh though. Since he had an interest in pyrotechnics, it should be no surprise that Ken also enjoyed making his own fireworks and collecting guns – especially old guns that needed to be restored. While he and Marie were regular parishioners of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Pompton Lakes, there were some Sunday mornings when Ken chose to attend “Our Lady of Perpetual Bullseye Church” instead (the local shooting range). Ken was a great student of history and he loved to discuss and debate politics. Armed with a memory for detailed facts, Ken would have surely been a Jeopardy champ if he just tried out for the show. Combining that sharp memory and love of history always made him a tough match if you engaged him in a debate about politics. Ken was also a collector. He never had a piece of paper he couldn’t throw away which means he had over thirteen file cabinets filled with anything from instructions for how he made stuff as a kid, to formulas for things he figured out as a professional chemist, to recipes for Thanksgiving dinner.

In spite of his personal pursuits, the essence of Ken was really that his family meant the world to him. To Ken, preparing for Christmas was a year round endeavor. Dubbed “Mr. Christmas by his family, Ken took a keen interest in what his boys were into and, throughout the year, if he saw something they liked, he’d picked it up and squirrel it away. Consequently, when Christmas day came, each of his sons were presented with a pile……no, a mountain of thoughtful gifts! Among all the gifts, it was a given that every year they could expect to get flashlight because it’s always good to be prepared for a power failure. In recent years, they were presented with remote-controlled helicopters, drones, and video games that he was convinced his sons in their thirties, would still like to play. Thanksgiving was also a much-anticipated holiday for Ken and, in preparation for that day, he took over the kitchen, turning it into a sort-of culinary laboratory. Yes, chemistry could be explored in the kitchen too and Ken took great delight in making every last course of food for the holiday feast. Everything was made from scratch. No stuffing mix for Ken! He also loved traveling with Marie, especially to restored villages and other historical sites. There were also many special memories made in the backyard where a swimming pool was put in so that family could enjoy times together.

Ken’s life was cut short all too soon by a diagnosis of Leukemia this past February. His family is thankful for the times they got to be with him, enjoying the fruits of his exploratory nature, his great sense of humor, and his special example of being a loving husband, father, and grandfather. Ken was a quiet man who lived by the philosophy that what people say doesn’t mean nearly as much as what they do.

Ken was the loving husband of Marie (nee Hannan); devoted father of the late Jason Cioletti (2012) and his wife Dana of Bloomingdale, Matthew and wife Krista Cioletti of Oakland, and Jeff and wife Raina Cioletti of North Haledon; adored grandfather of Lina and Gabriella Cioletti of Wayne, Matthew Cioletti, Jr. of Oakland, and Jackson, Caydence, and Kaia Cioletti of North Haledon; and dear uncle of several nieces and nephews.

Friends may visit with the family at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne, on Sunday, October 8, 2017 from 2-6 PM.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM on Monday, October 9, 2017 from the funeral home then to St. Mary’s RC Church, 17 Pompton Ave., Pompton Lakes, where a 11:00 AM Mass will be offered.

In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy in Ken’s name are asked to consider St. Mary’s Special Needs Ministry, 17 Pompton Ave., Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442.

Guest Book


So sorry for your loss...............RIP Kenny. We will miss you!

Mr. and Mrs. Len Cioletti


I am deeply saddened to hear of Ken's passing. He was a mentor and dear friend to me. May he rest in peace.

Ed Caballero


Kenny was a very dear person. We lived on E.30th Street and sometimes played together in our backyard. My twin sister, Joanie, and I were in Kenney's classes throughout PS 26 and 8th grade graduation. Loved talking and catching up with him at our Eastside High School reunions. May he rest in peace.

Sandra Shane Brower


Kenny was a grammar school, and HS friend, and graduate.., He was a really nice guy, and so smart...Ken, will be missed by many..Please accept my condolences....RIP, Ken

Nanette DiPetrillo


Our Sincere sympathy to Marie and Family. We remember Ken as a warm and friendly patient, always a smile on his face when entering our office. We enjoyed talking to him at each and every visit. He will be greatly missed here....

Dr DeFranco and Staff

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