Frank P. Addonizio
AGE: 85 • Wall
Frank P. Addonizio 85, of Wall, NJ died Saturday, February 25, 2012 at Jersey Shore Medical Center surrounded by his loving family. Frank was born in Newark and the oldest of six children. He attended West Side High School and graduated with a degree in Political Science from Rutgers in Newark. Frank was an Army veteran and was recognized at a ceremony in 2006 as the last WWII veteran working in Essex County. After his military service, he worked at his Uncle Pat's butcher shop. He then passed several civil service tests and became a probation officer and head of the State Board of Beauty Culture. This began his impressive 50-year employment with the Essex County Department of Citizen Services. Frank had a passion for politics and was elected in 1958 as Councilman of the West Ward in Newark and served until 1970. Frank then went on to work for the fraud unit of the Essex County Welfare Board in Newark where he retired in 2007 as the Assistant Chief Investigator. During this time, Frank also served on the Wall Township committee from 1994 until 2002 and served as a Committeeman, Deputy Mayor, and Mayor in 1996, 1997 and 2001 and also served on the Board of Adjustments and the Planning Board for several years. Besides his passion for politics, Frank was an avid reader, enjoyed rides to the boardwalk with his dog Rusty, spending time with his family, and bragging about his family's accomplishments.
Frank was predeceased by his parents, Ralph and Mary Addonizio; his sister, Rozlyn Mazzarella; his brothers, Prisco and Ralph Addonizio; and former wife, Eileen Addonizio. Surviving are his sons, Ralph Addonizio and his wife Hilary of Wall; Frank Addonizio and his wife Carrye of NC and their 2 children, Sophia and Matthew; Gabe Addonizio of Wall; sisters, Dolly Verdi and Florence Aaronson of Wall; and numerous nieces and nephews that he adored.
Visiting will be Wednesday, from 1-3 & 6-9pm at the Orender Family Home for Funerals, 2643 Old Bridge Road, Manasquan, NJ 08736. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 9:30am at St. Mark's Church, Sea Girt. A burial will follow in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Newark, NJ. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Wall Community First Aid Squad, PO Box 166 Allenwood, NJ 08720. For further information or to send condolences to the family, please visit www.oren derfamilyhome.com.
Published in Asbury Park Press on Feb. 28, 2012