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Louis J. Bennardo

1919 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Louis J. Bennardo Obituary
Louis J. Bennardo

Louis J. Bennardo was born on August 26, 1919, in Paterson, NJ, to Italian immigrants Joseph and Teresa Bennardo. He was the brother of Anne Bennardo Mazzarone.

Lou dropped out of high school to help his family, but because education was important to him, earned his GED later in life. Lou volunteered for the United States Navy in 1942 and served four years. Upon returning, he was employed at Lakehurst Naval Base until his retirement in 1980. In his early years, he was in the "Lighter than Air" department, working on Navy blimps. He held various jobs on the base, including working in production-control and driving a Mo-Gas truck. When he retired, he worked in the base technical library.

While stationed at Lakehurst, Lou met and married Olga Evangeline Conti. They were married for 63 years until her death in 2013. Olga's parents were farmers in Toms River, where Lou learned to farm and grow vegetables. He and Olga raised a large vegetable garden on their property until he was well into his 90's. Lou was also a talented woodworker. In his early years, he made and sold lawn furniture, some of which is still in use today. He later became interested in carving, and made several ducks, geese, and birds that he saw on his many trips to Florida. Lou was an usher at St. Joseph's Church for many years until his knees made it impossible. He was also a great animal lover, always owning a dog and cat, which he treated like family.

Lou will be lovingly remembered by his daughter Patricia Holovack and her husband John; his son Ronald L. Bennardo Esq. and his wife Lynne; five grandchildren: Jennifer, Diane, Laura, Scott and Ronald Jr.; and seven great-grandchildren: Ethan, Noah, Binyamin, Emma, Natan, April and Elisheva.

The entire family would like to thank Cheryl Mays for her excellent and loving care during the last years of Lou's life.

Services will be private and under the direction of Anderson & Campbell Funeral Home of Toms River.
Published in Asbury Park Press on Apr. 18, 2017
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