Beniamino Mattessich

beniamino mattessich

May 2, 1930 ~ October 10, 2023

Beniamino “Bennie” Mattessich, age 93, of Ridgefield formerly of Edgewater and Hoboken, NJ. Passed peacefully surrounded by family on Tuesday, October 10, 2023. Born in Susak, Croatia, formerly Italy. Bennie immigrated to the United States at the age of 17 in 1947, residing with his uncle, John Mattessich. A carpenter by trade, he was a 60 year member of Local #6 of Hudson County. Later worked at Jersey City Medical Center before happily retiring.

His happiest moments were spent with his wife, children, grandchildren and a great grandchild. Always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone he met. During his spare time, Bennie enjoyed salt water fishing and playing checkers. A former president and member of Saint Nicholas Society of Sansego since its founding.

Beloved husband of 65 years to Maria Mattessich (nee: Piccinich). Ben met Maria while chauffeuring her family after their arrival in America. Devoted father of Mathilda “Mattie” Milano, Michael Mattessich, Janet Smith and her husband Steve, and Susan Wakshlag and her husband Joe. Cherished grandfather of Jessica, Lauren, Madison, Max, Alex, Ashleigh and Ben. Adored great grandfather of Riley Maria. Predeceased by his parents, Matteo and Maria, and eight siblings. Beloved brother to Mary Tubonjic. Revered brother-in-law, uncle, cousin and friend to many.

The family will receive their friends on Friday from 4-8 pm at the Frank Patti and Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home 327 Main Street “opposite the Fort Lee Library”. The funeral will leave on Saturday at 9am for the celebration of his funeral mass in the Historic Church of the Madonna at 9:30 am. Entombment to follow at Madonna Mausoleum. For further information please call (201) 944-0100.


Mass: October 14, 2023 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Madonna R.C. Church On The Hill
2070 Hoefley's Lane
Fort Lee, NJ 07024

Visitation at Funeral Home: October 13, 2023 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Frank A. Patti & Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home
327 Main Street
Fort Lee, NJ 07024

Final Resting Place: October 14, 2023 10:30 am

Madonna Mausoleum
2070 Hoefleys Lane
Fort Lee, NJ 07024

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  1. Ben was more than just a brother-in-law to me. He was like a father and most importantly, a FRIEND to me. Always giving and completely unselfish, he found the time to do whatever was needed for everyone in his life. All of us appreciated his big heart, and when he smiled at you with the twinkle in his beautiful blue eyes, he made you feel all was well in your life and the world is right. Rest easy. You will forever be in our hearts, Ben…

  2. Uncle Bennie was not just an uncle but my godfather and always was there to check up on me . He even came to see our daughter Ava when she was born. Will always remember fishing with him and my dad in Connecticut. Now both of you are together and can look down on all of us !!RIP Uncle Bennie.

  3. Mr. Mattessich was a wonderful man. I remember many times being with Mathilda at their kitchen table when he brought in his catch from deep sea fishing. He was always redesigning a room or working on big projects and he worked very hard. He was the most joyful man and always made me smile and laugh and feel happy and special and welcome whenever I was with him. I am so grateful and lucky to have known him! Godspeed Mr. M. Praying for all of you as you miss Ben.

  4. A man whose skill as an artisan was only surpassed by his giving soul and kind nature. Beloved by his family who were blessed by his kind nature and warmth. May his memory be a blessing.

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