John  Frunzi

John "Poppa John" Frunzi

Monday December 24, 1923 - Sunday November 10, 2019
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Loving Father, Grandfather & Great-Grandfather and World War II Veteran

John Frunzi (Poppa John), 95 of Ocean Gate passed away Sunday, November 10, 2019 at his home. Born in Belleville, the son of Gerard and Josephine (Valvano) Frunzi, he lived in Belleville his whole life before moving to Ocean Gate 8 years ago. Prior to his retirement he worked as a maintenance man for Belleville Board of Education, previously, he worked for Essex Lumber in Belleville.
John was a proud Army Air Corps Veteran of World War II and was a former member of Knights of Columbus in Belleville and a member of Ocean Gate Senior Citizens.

The beloved husband of the late Angela (Rinaldi) Frunzi, John is survived by his loving children Gerald Frunzi and his wife Priscilla and Carol Russo and her husband Gennaro; his sister Edyth Bucciarelli, his grandchildren Michael, Jenna, Johnathan and Jessica, and his great-grandchildren Michael, Nicholas, Evangeline, Liliana, Aiden, Mason, Enzo and Nico. Along with his parents, and his wife, John was predeceased by his brother Joseph Frunzi and two sisters Rose Ferrara and Lena Monaco.

The funeral mass will be celebrated on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at Holy Family Church in Nutley at 11:30 a.m.

The interment will follow at Glendale Cemetery in Bloomfield.

Visitors will be received at the S.W. Brown & Son Funeral Home on Thursday, November 14, 2019 from 9:30 a.m. until mass time.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to Ascend Hospice, 65 Jackson Drive, Suite 103, Cranford, NJ 07016 in memory of John Frunzi would be preferred.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, November 14th, 2019 | 9:30am - 10:15am
    Thursday, November 14th, 2019 9:30am - 10:15am
    S.W. Brown & Son Funeral Home
    267 Centre Street
    NUTLEY, NJ 07110
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  • Service

    Thursday, November 14th, 2019 | 11:30am
    Thursday, November 14th, 2019 11:30am
    Holy Family Church
    28 Brookline Avenue
    NUTLEY, NJ 07110
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  • Interment

    Glendale Cemetery
    28 Hoover Avenue
    BLOOMFIELD, NJ 07003
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  • American
  • Asiatic Pacific Service Medal
  • Good Conduct Medal
  • World War 2 Victory Medal


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Aly, Vanessa, and Claire (friends of Jenna's)

Posted at 07:39pm
Poppa John lives on in the hearts of everyone he has touched. Our deepest sympathies.
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