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Joseph Rettagliata entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012. He was born Jan. 6, 1926 in New York City. He graduated from Seward Park High School and worked for Western Union before moving to Matawan. Joe worked for the Army Signal School at Ft. Monmouth as a Military Pay Supervisor for 15 years, where he received numerous awards for his outstanding performances. He has been the owner/operator of Strathmore Cleaners for the past 50 years. He was a member of many organizations which includes the Catholic War Veterans (1948), Monmouth County Commander of Catholic War Veterans (1950), president of the Matawan Rotary Club (1976), Monmouth County Chairman of the Ronald Reagan Campaign (1980), Bayshore Sewage Authority for 20 years, member of the Monmouth County Planning Board (1982) and served as Chairman from 1988 to 2011. In 2003, Joseph and his wife donated a Mosaic Shrine of the Blessed Virgin Mary to the Basilian Fathers Church of Matawan in answer to his prayers of health. Many people that have visited the shrine said their prayers had been answered.
He is predeceased by his loving wife, Lena; his parents, Giacomo and Rosa Rettagliata; and his sister, Louise Nicora. He is survived by two daughters and son-in-law, Roseanne Trevean of Aberdeen, and Susan and Edward Idec of Elkton, MD; his grandson, Anthony Joseph Trevean, and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16 at the Holmdel Funeral Home, 26 South Holmdel Road, Holmdel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 at St. Clement Church, Matawan. Entombment will be in Marlboro Memorial Park, Marlboro. The family invites all Joe's friends to come celebrate his life with them and requests Memorial gifts in Joseph Rettagliata's memory be made to the
. Donation forms will be available at the funeral home. For directions or to post an online condolence, please visit www.holmdelfuneralhome.com.
Published in Asbury Park Press on Nov. 15, 2012