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Louis G. Falzarano, 98, of East Hanover, passed away peacefully at his home on December 16, surrounded by his loving family.
Lou graduated from trade school as a tool and die maker in 1942. Upon graduation, he joined the Navy at age 17 and served honorably for three years in the Pacific theater until the war's end. Upon his return home, he worked in his trade and married Jennie on April 27, 1947.Together they raised five children and lived on North Jefferson Street in Orange, New Jersey.
After a few years, he went to work with his father-in-law Tom in the home heating oil business. He quickly realized he didn’t like digging holes for oil tanks, so he quit and went back to tool and die. After a few years, his father-in-law convinced him to leave his trade again and help him, his son Frank, and brother Nat open a grocery and liquor store in West Orange. It was called Saint Cloud Variety Food Market. He helped build that business as a co-owner and butcher with his brother-in-law Frank for the next 30 years.
In January 1973, Jennie and Lou lost their first son Clement to a tragic car accident. In September 1973, they moved to the house they built in East Hanover, NJ. In October 1991, they lost their youngest son Phillip after a long illness. The family sold the store in the early 1980’s. Lou retired, but that didn’t last long. After one year he went to work with his friend Gene at the Centre Deli in East Hanover for the next several years. He returned to the tool and die – the craft that he loved at the age of 72 and worked there for the next 13 years. At 85, he retired from the shop and worked part-time with his son-in-law Paul at Paulie G’s Deli for the next two years. At 87, he finally stopped working but continued to maintain their East Hanover home until 2020.
Lou was a hard-working quiet man. He was in love with his wife throughout their 76 years of marriage. Over their lives, Jennie and Lou were beset with both tragic and happy days. Through it all, they found a way to overcome the hard times which only brought them closer together. He was an inspiration to his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren and was loved by everyone who knew him. Over the last two years of his life, he was lovingly cared for by his daughter Maria and his caregiver Christine. Lou lived a full and good life and will be dearly missed.
Beloved husband of 76 years to Jennie Falzarano. Devoted father of Guy T. Falzarano, his wife Julia, Louis Falzarano, his wife Patti Lynn, and Maria Geiger. Cherished grandfather of 8 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Dear brother of Clement Falzarano and his wife Camille. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Louis was pre-deceased by his son’s Clement and Phillip, his son-in-law Paul, his parents Clement and Mary, and his siblings Virgina, Carmella and Phillip.
Visitation at the Leonardis Memorial Home, Inc., 210 Ridgedale Avenue, Florham Park on Wednesday from 4-7pm. Funeral on Thursday, assembling at the funeral home at 10:30am, followed by the funeral mass at St. Rose of Lima Church in East Hanover at 11:30am. Interment at Gate of Heaven Cemetery.
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