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Ferdinand J. (Fred), 86, was called home to Jesus Feb. 12, with his beloved wife Lois (neé Leone) at his side at their home in Stockholm, NJ.
Born in Union City to Bessie and Nicholas Alfano, he moved with his parents and siblings to Lodi in the early 1950s. Fred began his college career eight years after graduating from Emerson High School in Union City. David Owens, a friend who became his mentor, led him to Paterson State Teachers' College where he started as a part-time student while working as a supervisor for Curtis-Wright Aeronautical.
Soon after that, Fred met Lois through mutual friends. In 1956, he began teaching fourth grade at Washington School in Lodi, while continuing to attend evening classes. Fred and Lois were married in April 1958. By the time his two oldest daughters were born, he had received his bachelor's and master's degrees.
A professional educator for 40 years, his career continued at Washington School. Fred left the Lodi school system for a position at Franklin Junior High School in Hasbrouck Heights, where he also served as an assistant JV football coach. He went on to become vice principal in the Wanaque district and superintendent of the Hamburg elementary district before coming back full circle to Lodi where he served as vice principal of the high school and director of the adult school. He retired in 1988.
Never losing his love for education, he then served as an adjunct professor at William Paterson University supervising student teachers in their fieldwork.
He was a 30-year member of the Wallkill Valley Regional High School Board, serving as its president for a time. He was a member of the Hardyston Township School Board for five years and also served on the Sussex County Special Education Board. He was a member of NJEA and NEA.
A longtime parishioner of St. John Vianney R.C. Church in Stockholm, he served as a trustee and Eucharistic minister and was a member of the parish's Knights of Columbus Council 12649.
He was a longtime member of Wallkill Valley Rotary International, which honored him as a Paul Harris Fellow.
He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving at Fort Dix, NJ, 1945-1946, until he was honorably discharged with the rank of technician fifth grade.
In Fred's retirement years, he and Lois traveled extensively, including cruises to Bermuda, Alaska and the Panama Canal and European adventures to Italy and England. Frequent companions were their lifelong friends Pat and Rudy Aldighieri.
Along with his wife, Fred is also survived by their three daughters, Lisa (and Mark) Stalica, of Alpharetta, Ga.; Lynn (and John) Woods, of Rockville Centre, N.Y.; and Leslie (and Luis) Barboza, of Stockholm, NJ; and six grandchildren, Lauren, Jenna and Abbey Stalica; Sarah and Christopher Woods; and Mia Lucia Barboza. Also surviving are numerous nephews and nieces, including the children of his brother, Anthony, and sister, Louise Carpentier, both of whom predeceased him; and his sister-in-law, Roseann Leone.
Funeral Saturday 10 AM at Santangelo Funeral Home, 300 N. Main St., Lodi then to St Francis de Sales R.C. Church, Lodi for an 11 AM Funeral Mass. Interment George Washington Memorial Park, Paramus. Visitation Thursday 7-9 PM and Friday 2-4 and 7-9 PM. Donations in Mr. Alfano's name can be made to the Walkill Valley Regional High School Booster Club Scholarship Fund, 10 Grumm Road, Hamburg, NJ 07419. Condolences / Directions
SANTANGELO FUNERAL HOME - Lodi
300 North Main Street Lodi, NJ 07644
Published in The Record on Feb. 18, 2014