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Joseph J. Vitaliano

AGE: 65 • Tinton Falls

Joseph J. Vitaliano, 65, of Tinton Falls, died Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, after a brief illness, with his beloved wife at his side. He was born in Long Branch and lived in Natick, MA and West Long Branch before moving to Tinton Falls 18 years ago. Joe was a Fishery Biologist at the James J. Howard Marine Sciences Laboratory, of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, on Sandy Hook from 1986-2014 before retiring in February of this year. Prior to that, he was a research scientist for the United States Army Natick Labs in Natick, Massachusetts. He wrote and published several research articles and conducted seminars that were work related. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree at Northeastern University, in Boston, where he was a proud member of the Nu Epsilon Zeta fraternity. Joe earned a Master of Science degree from Rutgers University in New Jersey. He was also a member of the American Fisheries Society. Joe imparted critical thought and honesty through dialogue. Family, travel, cuisine, writing and intellectualism were just some of his many passions and loves.

He was predeceased by his parents, William J. and Mary (Beluta) Vitaliano. Surviving are his wife, Norah Walsh Vitaliano; brother, William and his wife Jaeme Vitaliano of West Long Branch; nephew, William Vitaliano; niece, Victoria Vitaliano; aunt, Kay Sparandeo of West Long Branch; godmother, Dorothy Szczecina; godson, Steven Szczecina; mother-in-law, Petronilla Walsh; sister-in-law, Cynthia and her husband Michael Loring; nephew, Joshua Loring and niece, Kristina Loring and many cousins.

Relatives and friends are invited to visit from 4 to 7 pm with a service at 6:30 pm Friday at the Fiore Funeral Home, 236 Monmouth Road, Oakhurst. For condolences, please visit


Published in Asbury Park Press on July 24, 2014
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