Joseph P. Romano

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Joseph P. Romano

AGE: 88 • Madison

Joseph P. Romano, a life-long resident of Madison, passed away peacefully at the age of 88 on April 10, 2014 surrounded by his family. Mr. Romano, known affectionately as Joe and Poppi, was born in Madison and was raised on Park Avenue by Pasquale and Anna Romano along with his 8 siblings. After graduating from Madison High School, Joe enlisted in the US Army and served his country proudly during the Second World War. He served on the front-lines in Europe and was wounded twice at the Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded a Bronze Star Medal, a Purple Heart, and a Medal for Distinguished Service from the State of New Jersey. Upon his return from the war, Joe began a career in commercial construction. He retired as a senior construction foreman and participated in the construction of buildings on the Drew University Campus, Giralda Farms, and the Nabisco complex.

Subsequent to his retirement, Joe honed his golf game and organized bus trips for local senior citizens. He took great pride in his garden and the tomatoes it produced. He also volunteered countless hours at the VA Hospital in Lyons and was a member of the local Purple Heart Chapter as well as the Forum Club and the Madison/Florham Park Chapter of the Knights of Columbus. Joe was a life-long parishioner at St. Vincent Martyr Parish in Madison.

Joe's true love and joy was his family. He was a constant spectator at the gymnastic meets, soccer games, basketball games, field hockey games, plays, and concerts of his seven grandchildren: Allison, Bethany, and Matthew Warshaw; Jessica and Michelle Montagna; and Christa and Elizabeth Romano. Poppi was their largest and most loyal supporter.

Joe is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Maria "Angie" Romano of Madison, two daughters; Anna Warshaw of Madison, and Theresa Montagna of Ringoes, NJ, and two sons; Pasquale "Pat" Romano of New Vernon and Joseph P. Romano, Jr. of Palo Alto, CA. Joe also leaves behind one surviving brother, Father Eugene Romano of Chester, NJ, and two sisters, Madeline Lascari of Madison, and Carol Marconi of Chatham, NJ.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral on Tuesday April 15 at 9:00AM from the Madison Memorial Home 159 Main Street, Madison, NJ with a funeral mass at 10:00AM at St. Vincent Martyr Church, Madison. Interment will be at St. Vincent's Cemetery. Visitation is Monday April 14 from 5 to 8 PM at the Madison Memorial Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to either the Hermits of Bethlehem (www.bethlehemhermits.org) or The VA Hospital in Lyons, NJ.

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Madison Memorial Home - Madison
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Published in Daily Record on Apr. 12, 2014
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