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Joseph E. Jasaitis M.D.

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Joseph E. Jasaitis M.D.

AGE: 81 • Sea Girt

Joseph E. Jasaitis M.D., 81, of Sea Girt, N.J. passed away peacefully Thursday, December 15, 2016, at home after a long illness. Dr. Jasaitis maintained a practice in plastic surgery on the Jersey Shore for over 40 years until his retirement in 2005. He was a graduate of Rutgers University and the Yale University School of Medicine. He served his residency in general surgery and fellowship in plastic surgery at Columbia Presbyterian, NYC. After completing his surgical residency, Joseph was drafted into the Vietnam War and proudly served as a surgeon in the U.S. Army on the front lines at the 45th Surgical Hospital M.U.S.T. unit in Vietnam. Joseph later served as adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania and Hahnemann University Schools of Medicine, was appointed Chief of Plastic Surgery at several area hospitals for many years and also served as the President of the New Jersey Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Born in Newark, N.J. on November 1, 1935 to Edward Jasaitis and Ona Mackevicius Jasaitis, Joseph grew up in Avon, N.J. and attended Avon Grammar School. During his summers, Joseph worked as a lifeguard in Avon and later organized free skin cancer screening clinics for area lifeguards. Joseph loved to travel with his wife and family, and saw much of the world during his adult life. Some of his favorite stops along the way were Tokyo, Coco Point-Barbuda, Deguciu-Lithuania, and Lighthouse Point, FL. He was a mountain of a man who will be missed dearly and forever remembered as a charming, playful, considerate, respected and devoted father, grandfather, husband and surgeon.

Dr. Jasaitis was predeceased by his parents, his cherished wife Joanne C. Jasaitis, R.N., and by his brother and best friend John J. Jasaitis, M.D. He is survived by his son Joseph C. Jasaitis and his wife Stephanie Totton of Brielle, N.J.; his son James E. Jasaitis and his wife Paige of Warren, N.J.; his daughter Jean J. Barry and her husband Joseph Barry of Carlisle, MA; his son John P. Jasaitis and his wife Jennifer of Wall, N.J.; and his 9 grandchildren John, Lila, Jamie, Carolyn, Jacqueline, Julie, Owen, Catie and Maggie. His final days were peacefully spent at home surrounded by his family with his loyal friend and devoted aide Michael by his side.

A wake will be held at the O'Brien Funeral Home, 2028 Hwy 35 at New Bedford Road in Wall, N.J. from 4PM-7PM on Tuesday, December 20, 2016. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at 9:30AM at St. Mark's Church in Sea Girt, N.J. Burial with military honors will be held at the N.J. Veterans Cemetery, Wrightstown, N.J. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Joseph's honor to Manasquan First Aid (65 Broad St, Manasquan, NJ 08736).

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Published in Asbury Park Press on Dec. 18, 2016
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