Monsignor David J. Casazza
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Monsignor David J. Casazza, on Sunday, April 6, 2014. He was born in Hoboken on Jan. 31, 1918 and is a product of Hoboken Public Schools. He attended both Fordham and Seton Hall Universities, obtaining his B.A. degree from Seton Hall in 1939. He studied for the priesthood at The Immaculate Conception Seminary in Darlington and was ordained a priest in the Archdiocese of Newark on June 19, 1943.
After serving two years at St. Mary's Parish in Elizabeth, he volunteered to serve in the United States Navy Chaplain Corps and was commissioned in June 1945. Initially, he was assigned to the Navy Department in Washington, DC and then with the Second Marine Division in Japan. Thereafter, Father Casazza returned home to serve at St. Anthony's Parish in East Newark. At the outbreak of the Korean Conflict, Father answered Cardinal Spellman's call and returned to active duty.
During his military service, Father Casazza served four tours of duty with the United States Marine Corps; with the Second Marine Divison in Japan; at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, CA; at Marine Corps Air Station, Cherry Point, NC; and as the Division Chaplain for the 1st Marine Division in Vietnam where he was awarded the Legion of Merit with the Combat V.
His naval assignments were with the Aircraft Carriers Kearsarge and Ranger; Naval Hospital, Pensacola, FL; Naval Air Station, Port Lyote, Morocco; Naval Air Training Station, San Diego, CA; post-graduate studies at Fordham University, New York; and Force Chaplain of the Amphibious Force, Pacific Fleet in Coronado, CA. His last assignment was as Senior Chaplain at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT.
Upon his retirement from the Navy in June 1970, Monsignor Casazza returned to the Newark Archdiocese to serve as Pastor of St. Peter the Apostle Church in River Rdge, where he served for 18 years. He retired from active ministry in November 1988. Monsignor resided in Avon-by-the-Sea, and assisted on the weekends at St. Elizabeth Church in Avon.
Monsignor Casazza is survived by seven nephews and nieces and their families, Edward Borrone of Avon, David Borrone of Brigantine, Michael Borrone of Maplewood, Frank Bellezza of Little Silver, Marie Files of Little Silver, David Bellezza of Houston, Texas; and Euphemia Broderick of Little Silver.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 9 at St. Peter the Apostle R.C. Church, 445 Fifth Ave., River Edge. A Vigil Mass will be offered at 7:30 p.m. following visitation. Msgr. Casazza's funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday morning, April 10 at the church then to Holy Cross Cemetery for interment. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Monsignor's memory to The Navy-Marine Relief Society, 875 Randolph St., Suite 225, Arlington, VA 22203. Arrangements are by the Beaugard Funeral Home, 869 Kinderkamack Road, River Edge.
Beaugard Funeral Home
869 Kinderkamack Rd. River Edge, NJ 07661
Published in Asbury Park Press on Apr. 8, 2014