Valentine Iacovantuono

Valentine M. Iacovantuono

Sunday December 19, 1926 - Saturday January 25, 2020
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Valentine M. Iacovantuno, 93, passed away peacefully on January 25, 2020 at Sunrise Assisted Living facility in Fairfield. A long-time resident of Nutley, New Jersey, Val was the youngest of nine children of Mary and Valentino Iacovantuono of Newark, NJ.

A WWII veteran who served in the Philippines Val was awarded the Asiatic Pacific Service and WW II Victory Medals. He overcame a war -related illness to graduate from Georgetown University and was a Fulbright Scholar studying at The University of Florence. He later earned academic degrees and awards from University of Michigan, Loyola University of California and McGill University in Canada.

Fluent in French and Italian, he taught those languages as well as Latin beginning at Irvington High School. He later taught languages at Dunellen and Westfield High Schools until his retirement.

In addition to his parents ,Val is predeceased by his brother Dominic Vantuno of. Newark and seven sisters : Marie L. Fasone, Celeste Arace, Gilda Vantuno, Betina and Yolanda Iacovantuono all of Nutley, Anne Vernacchia of Clifton and Edith Wichowski of Sepelvuda California.

He is survived and will be dearly missed by many loving nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews,Godchildren and dear friends.

A Funeral Mass will be held at his parish of sixty years, St. Mary’s Nutley at 11 am on February 11, 2020 Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St.Johns Soup Kitchen , P.O. Box 200147, 22 Mulberry Street, Newark, NJ 07102.
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Don Johnson

Posted at 08:07pm
Fond memories of Mr. Iacovantuono in Irvington High School over 50 years ago. Great teacher and a nice man.

Don Johnson
Deputy Chief (ret)
Irvington Police Dept.

Lorraine Ferry

Posted at 05:54pm
I have wonderful memories of Mr. Iacovantuono and my Italian language studies at Irvington High School 1969-72. Wonderful man dedicated to teaching his students. I’m sorry for your loss. Lorraine Cutrone Ferry

anita vitali

Posted at 05:18pm
There is a line from a song in the movie “The Sound of Music” which says: “How do you hold a moonbeam in your hand?” Somehow, I believe that phrase creates a visual image of Uncle Val whose beams of light and love touched everyone with whom he came in contact. They glided gently across the surfaces of casual acquaintances and penetrated more deeply into the hearts and lives of those he knew and loved, especially his family.
His incredible intellect and wonderful sense of humor were exceeded only by his wisdom and his humility. He felt your pain with you, shed your tears with you, laughed with you and always found the time to be there for you to help carry your burdens and cares, and most importantly, to pray with you for your worries and petitions. His moonbeams of light touched us all and changed the lives of everyone with whom he came in contact. Even in his last days, those who cared for him from Hospice touchingly shared with us how he touched their lives in unexpected and profound ways. His childlike ways were endearing but beneath them lay a rock of wisdom and strength shaped by a deep and unshakable faith that sustained us all in some of our darkest moments. For this we will be forever grateful.
In a prayer St. Francis de Sales wrote:
“There is nothing so strong as gentleness
And there is nothing so gentle as real strength”
In a birthday note to Uncle Val Aunt Lonnie wrote: “Dear Val, these words of St. Francis de Sales were written for you. They reflect truly the beauty of the person you are, the dearest brother and God’s gift to me”. I would add that he was God’s gift to us all.
Finally, this short prayer was written by Uncle Val some years ago, and is a window into his soul and spirit.
“Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, I give you my heart and my soul”
……………………and he did
“Jesus, Mary and Joseph, assist me in my last agony”
……………………and they did
“Jesus, Mary and Joseph, may I breathe forth my soul in peace with you”
…………..……..and he did on January 25, 2020
We’ll miss you Uncle Val, but now you will be closer to us than ever. Thank you for loving us, for sustaining us and filling us with your light. We will hold these moonbeams in our hearts. We forever thank God for you, His gift to us all.
Your loving niece, Anita

Emily Rugys

Posted at 11:29am
A shining spirit lost to us but heaven's gain. If to be an uncle is to be kind, generous with care and knowledge, devoted to the young blessing them always with beautiful words of inspiration, a gift of wisdom, humor and heart to all he touched, than he was
truly our uncle. We will miss you and always think of you with sweetness and light. Adieu, oncle.
Emily and Vytas

Celeste Fasone Posted at 02:19am

Thank you dear Em , Vytas and Jonas. Your were his heart niece and nephews. He spoke of you often as you know with love and he loved knowing you thought of him as an uncle .❤️ Heavens gain as you said..they could not longer wait to take him home.

Jonas Rugys

Posted at 11:10am
To Uncle Val who will always be remembered. Jonas
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