BRANCATO Joseph J., 84, of Lakewood, NJ, passed away on Sunday, April 17, 2011. Born in Garfield, Mr. Brancato lived most of his life in Clifton and retired to Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. He spent his summers in Chadwick Beach, New Jersey with his family. Mr. Brancato retired in 1986 as the Executive Vice-President of AGL Welding, Clifton. Mr. Brancato was currently a parishioner of St. Luke R.C. Church, Toms River and was a former long-time parishioner of St. Andrew the Apostle R.C. Church, Clifton. He was a member of Upper Montclair Country Club of Clifton; Knights of Columbus Seaside Chapter, Seaside Heights, NJ; he served as a former director of Clifton Chamber of Commerce; member of Destroyer Escort Association (DESA); The Clifton Sag-A-Bits, The American Welding Society & The National Welding Supply Association. Mr. Brancato was a World War II United States Navy Veteran. He was predeceased by his wife the former Regina E. Fenelon; and one daughter, Regina Brancato. Survivors include: six loving sons, Kevin Brancato and his wife, Christine of Parsippany, Joseph M. Brancato and his wife, Deborah of Manahawkin, James A. Brancato and his wife, Maribeth of Lake Mohawk, Christopher Brancato and his wife, Kimberly of Ashburn, VA, William Brancato and his wife, Amy of Cedar Grove, NJ and Dennis Brancato and his wife, Regina of Lake Villa, IL; three loving daughters, Stephanie Panzarino and her husband, Michael of Toms River, Veronica (Ronnie) Sokerka and her husband, Albert of Clifton and Mia Celluro and her husband, Leonard, Jr. of Bloomfield; one brother, John Brancato of Clifton; twenty grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be Thursday 10:15 AM from Bizub-Quinlan Funeral Home, 1313 Van Houten Ave., Clifton and 11 AM from St. Andrew The Apostle R.C. Church, 400 Mount Prospect Ave., Clifton. Private cremation to follow. Visiting hours will be Wednesday 3-8 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to
, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or Deborah Hospital Foundation, Seaside Chapter, 20 Pine Mills Rd., Browns Mills, NJ 08015. Please visit www.bizub.com for online condolences and driving directions.
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Published in The Record on Apr. 19, 2011