Joseph Reino of Union, New Jersey passed on March 16, 2020 at home, surrounded by his loving family, at the age of 85.
Born and raised in San Bartolomeo in Galdo, Benevento, Italy, Joseph lived in Venezuela for 8 years. Upon his return to Italy, he met and courted his future wife, Maria. They married in 1962, and came to America, where they lived with Maria’s sister Michelina D’Andrea and her husband Antonio in Linden, New Jersey. Joseph and Maria eventually settled in Union, New Jersey and raised their family. Since 2004 they have maintained a residence in Deerfield Beach, Florida during the winter months, and continued to travel back to Italy.
Joseph was employed with Millburn Township Department of Public Works, retiring in 1998. Prior to that, he worked for Local 472 in construction. He was an active parishioner at St. Rose of Lima Church in Short Hills, and a member of the Casa Colombo and Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed landscaping, gardening, and hunting. Joseph enjoyed playing bocce ball, having attended many tournaments. He liked to read about History, and was passionate about classical movies, particularly westerns. Joseph could also be found watching soccer, no matter what team or organization. Within the last three years, he learned how to use a tablet and took great enjoyment in frequently keeping in touch with family through video chat.
Most of all, Joseph loved his family and spending time with them. He was predeceased by his sister Carmelina Reino Agostinelli, and brother Gino Reino. He will be missed by his devoted wife Maria (nee: Santagata) Reino; beloved daughters Joanne Krevis and her husband Mark, and Lina Gallagher and her husband David; and loving grandchildren Joseph, Julia, John, and Alyssa. Joseph is also survived by his sisters, Lidia Reino Sangregorio and Titina Reino Stelluto, and brothers in law Antonio D’Andrea and his wife Michelina, Nicola Santagata and his wife Marucha, and Aldo Satagata.
In light of the current rising concerns surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic, the church is restricting to immediate family only for Mass celebration. As much as we would love and appreciate the presence of extended family and friends, we feel obligated to protect the well being of others in practicing social responsibility. Please hold Joseph and our family in your hearts and prayers with our sincerest gratitude. Those who wish may attend the committal service and eulogy at Hollywood Memorial Park in Union, on Friday at 11:30am. In lieu of flowers, please consider purchasing a Mass Card from St. Rose of Lima Church, so that a Mass in Joseph’s honor may be held at a later date.
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