Edward R. Aversa

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February 24, 1933 ~ December 28, 2020

Aversa, Edward Ralph, age 87, of Leonia, NJ, on Monday, December 28, 2020.

Born in Union City and raised in Cliffside Park, Ed was a US Navy Veteran (1952-56), a butcher for many years, and the owner of Edward Aversa Provisions in North Bergen.

Ed was a friend to many and had a wide range of interests, including golfing, painting, building models and dollhouses, boating, and birdwatching. He was also an avid collector of model trains, miniature soldiers, and antique cars—he and his cars appeared in the films "Pollock" and "Sweet and Lowdown."

He was also actively involved in his community, as a 4th Degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus, a member of the American Legion, and a devoted and involved parishioner at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Leonia.

Ed is survived by a loving and tight-knit family, including his beloved wife of 65 years, Teresa (née Gargiulo); his three children: Jean Marie Ustorf and her husband Bernd Ustorf; Lisa Marie Ehlers; and Dr. Edward Francis Aversa; and his 8 grandchildren: Kristen Ehlers and her husband Brian Torpey; Daniel Ehlers; Julia Aversa; Elena Aversa; Thomas Ehlers; Katharine Ustorf; Nina Aversa; John Ustorf; and their significant others. He is preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Mary (née Pollio) Aversa; siblings Madeline, Anthony, Rachel, and Mario; and his daughter-in-law, Mari Martin-Aversa.

The Aversa family will receive those closest on Sunday from 2-6pm at the Frank Patti Funeral Home (327 Main Street, Fort Lee), and a funeral mass will be held at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church (470 Broad Ave, Leonia) on Monday at 10:30am, followed by a private interment at Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation be made in Edward Aversa's memory to the St. Jude Shrine at 512 West Saratoga St, Baltimore, MD 21201. For condolences, directions, or information please contact the Frank Patti Funeral Home at (201) 944-0100 or www.frankpatti.com.


Mass: January 4, 2021 10:30 am

St. John R. C. Church
Broad & Harrison Avenue
Leonia, NJ 07605

Visitation at Funeral Home: January 3, 2021 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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

Final Resting Place: January 4, 2021 1:30 pm

BG William C. Doyle Veterans Cemetery
350 Province Line Road
Wrightstown, NJ 08562

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  1. Kenny and I are so sorry or your loss. I have such wonderful memories of growing up with all of you.
    Uncle Henny will be truly missed. All our love,Patty and Ken Elwood

  2. I send my deepest condolences.
    I am grateful that I got to know Edward as a very friendly and active friend many years ago.
    Rest in peace, Edward. You will always stay on my mind.

  3. I loved talking to Edward at Family gatherings. He was such a lovely man who showed great pride in his Family! We will miss him indeed. Love, Amy and Ken Meyer

  4. Sands Pointe will not be the same without Ed. He was a kind, friendly, welcoming person who will be sorely missed. Our deepest condolences to your family.

  5. One of the best the things about buying a condo in Sands Pointe is getting to know Ed and his family. Thank you Ed for the beautiful flowers you planted, the great conversations, and your service to our country. May you rest in peace. We will miss you. Lorrie and Jim Baumann

  6. Summer at Sands Pointe will not be the same without Ed. He was always there saying hello and stopping to chat for a bit, always watching o we things at the condos and making it a wonderful place to be. Deepest condolences to Terry and the entire family.

  7. Edward will be sorely missed by a lot of people especially by me. Whenever I needed a hand to help usher at St John's he would ALWAYS volunteer to help at the 7:30 am mass. My prayers go out to his family and friends.

    The sorrow will pass but the love of his family and friends wiil live on FOREVER.

  8. Mr. Aversa was a GREAT man. I am so upset to hear about his passing. I lost my father in my Freshman year of High School and in many ways he filled that void of not having Father. He was always so nice to me and I will never forget him. What a beautiful, wonderful man.

    My condolences go out to Mrs Aversa, Jean, Lisa and Eddie.

    Frank Trulby

  9. I am so very sorry to learn of Ed’s passing. We sold our Sands Pointe condo only one year before he died. He was the kindest neighbor to me and my late husband, Dennis. In addition, he was the peacemaker of the group during many trying circumstances. I hope you and Den are at peace there in Heaven, Ed.

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