Joseph Fontana

joseph fontana

August 25, 1924 ~ October 13, 2017

With deep regrets ,We inform you that our Father, Joseph Fontana is no longer with us. He passed away on Friday, October 13th in California with his daughter and son in law Judith and Richard by his side. Beloved father of Joseph and his wife Jenny, Judith and her husband Richard. Cherished grandfather of Emily and Sarah. Dear brother of Virginia, and the late Josephine, Paul, Philip and Dominica "Minnie". His passing is of great sadness to all who knew him

Our Dad will be remembered for his quiet demeanor, constant support, tenacious card playing and his service to our country in WW II at The Battle of the Bulge. And most importantly his love for family and undying love for his wife and our Mother, Josephine, with who he will be entombed with.

We will forever miss them both.

He will be laid to rest in peace at Holy Cross Chapel Mausoleum, North Arlington, NJ.

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  1. Uncle Joe

    I have so many wonderful memories of Uncle Joe (and of course Aunt Josie). Beginning with the fact that you could not think of one without the other. Evident in later years when Aunt Josie was deputized to speak for both of them on the phone, I can remember when I realized that the two of them morphed into one person. The phone rang: “hi Uncle Joe, It’s Rene’” “Who?–JO!” And then the call would proceed, with every sentence repeated so he would be in on it.

    They were funny, and not just silly, but truly funny.

    To this day I wonder about the remote control that made the toilet flush. Seriously! I can remember Uncle Joe telling us, while watching Lawrence Welk. Right in the middle of an accordion solo someone flushed and boink-the TV went off. He thought this was hysterical and laughed with the same gusto each time it happened. “Can you believe that?!” and then he’d call Aunt Josie in to attest to the sheer fun of how quirky it was.

    Then there were the really hot, North Bergen summer days where the only relief we were finding was in the pool. We would swim for hours. Christmas eve and the seven fishes and rice balls, the card games, the cemetery, and of course Grandma’s apartment all linger in my childhood memories, along with lots of laughter.

    Through it all the constant theme of his life was his devotion to Aunt Josie. This became all the more evident after her stroke. He doggedly remained at her side because he was lost without her. It was as if she was the inhale to his exhale.

    Uncle Joe was a devoted brother to his siblings, husband and father and grandfather. He often spoke of the girls and how proud he was of their accomplishments as they grew. He loved his family deeply.

    Uncle Joe was a continuation of my Dad or perhaps the other way around. Either way, we are blessed to have the memories and model of what true love looks like.

    Give Aunt Josie a big hug from all of us Uncle Joe.

  2. Where to start?

    Life with Dad – Joe Fontana

    Dad came to live with us in California last April.

    He liked things his way: His soup had to be hot, bread with every meal, and, of course, watch a classic movie every night. It wasn't too long before he was missing what he left behind in New Jersey. Then, again, he enjoyed our blue sky, the view of the mountains, fruit from our trees and sitting under the gazebo or by the pool. When we drove him to the top of our mountain he'd say he felt like he was in heaven.

    There are many memories from when I was growing up. Dad always did my homework with me. He loved History; I hated it. But, we both did it together. Dad took me to Yankee games and movies in Journal Square. He was with me when I bought my first car; my beautiful '64 Corvair Monza. And so much more.

    Dad was my hero and, most of all, my friend.

    I suppose the way things ended was the best we could have hoped for. Dad got sick and went to the hospital for the last time. We were by his side. He knew he wasn't coming home. He told us he loved us and he slipped away quietly and peacefully, holding our hands.

    Our finest moments are the memories I keep as his only daughter. I am so pleased we could share these last six months together.

    Dad left this world surrounded by love and is now back together with his greatest love, his wife, my mom, Josie.

    God Bless You Dad,
    Love you always,
    Judy and Richard

  3. RIP Uncle Joe…:) Although we will miss you, we are so glad you are now back in the arms of your favorite girl….Josie!! I am sure she was there to greet you with a big smile on her face…Love, Coleen

  4. God bless you, Uncle Joe! You had a long and wonderful life, especially with your other half, Aunt Josie. We're so happy that you are together once again. Rest in peace…until we all meet again!

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