Joseph R. Albanese


Joseph, 93, of Northvale, died on Monday, July 31, 2017. Joseph was born, raised, and died in Northvale. Joseph is predeceased by his wife Flora and leaves behind his four daughters and sons-in-law, Marianne and Mike DiLuzio of Tappan, Kathleen and Robert Miller of Tappan, Denise and Robert Wagner of River Vale, and Linda and Kenneth Kraus of River Vale. Joseph has many grandchildren, Melissa, Kristina, Jenna (husband Stephen), Andrew, Joseph, Eric, Michael, Olivia, and Lauren, and one surviving brother, Leonard (Lenny) Albanese of Closter. Joseph also leaves behind a big extended family that he remained close to throughout his life, and many cherished friends and neighbors.
Joseph was a first generation American, one of six children born to Sicilian immigrants the late Leonardo and Concetta. He came of age at the dawn of World War II and proudly served his country in the 987th Field Artillery Battalion from D-Day to VE-Day, surviving through many major battles such as the Battle of the Bulge. He was a member of the American Legion in Northvale for 63 years. Shortly after returning from the war, he and his brothers Lenny and the late Charles and Anthony started their masonry and construction business. Soon after, he married the late Flora (née Menti) and they started their family. He was also predeceased by his sisters, Grace Tirelli and Antoinette Hallahan.
Throughout his life, he spent many of his summers at his cabin in the Catskills with his family. He valued the simple things in life- family, friendship, nature, and enjoyed hunting and golfing. He had an avid social life, and his absence is deeply felt by his family and friends. 

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday at St. Anthony’s Church, Northvale at 12:30 PM with interment to follow at Rockland Cemetery, Sparkill, NY.  Visiting hours are Thursday 3-7 PM at Pizzi Funeral Home, 120 Paris Avenue, Northvale (201.767.3050)

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Joseph’s memory to the Northvale Volunteer Fire Association, PO Box 101, 204 Washington Street, Northvale NJ 07647-0101


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