Joseph Bolognini

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Joseph Bolognini, age 65, of Livingston, New Jersey, passed away peacefully on Friday, October 2, 2020.

After an eight year battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and most recently, complications from a stroke, Joe is finally at rest.

A devoted husband and father, he is survived by his wife of 40 years, Deborah Ann (Rizzuto) and two daughters, Alexandra and Kimberly; his sons-in-law, Christian and Giuseppe; and his two grandchildren due this month, Amelia Ann (Alexandra) and Liam Joseph (Kimberly).

He is also survived by his mother, Dorothy (Battista) and sister, Maria (Kenneth); his sisters-in-law, Cathy and Jackie; and brother-in-law, Tony (Terri); as well as his three nieces and five nephews.

He was welcomed into heaven by his father, Pasquale, who passed away exactly one month prior.

Joe was born on August 3, 1955 in Newark, was raised in West Orange, and resided in Livingston, New Jersey.

Joe had a dedicated career at Automatic Switch Company (Emerson) as a Lead Model Shop Technician, where he met his wife, Debby. After 43 years at ASCO, Joe retired on December 31, 2019, and celebrated with his wife and daughters aboard a cruise ship.

Joe loved to travel with his family, fish, spend quality time with his grand-puppy, Desmo, and was deeply anticipating the arrival of his grandchildren.

Joe enjoyed the simple pleasures of life. He was extremely handy and creative, loved his daily routines, old television shows, sitting outside, classic cars and always loved a good hat.

Joe’s and Debby’s devotion to each other set a prime example of a loving marriage. He was a proud father who always put his children first. Joe was kind, compassionate, and never hesitated to help others. Everyone who knew him, loved him.

Through all of Joe’s many health issues, he remained fearless and resilient, and he fought until the end. He was a true hero.

Joe will forever be in our hearts and his legacy will live on forever.

A memorial mass will be held at a later date, details to be confirmed.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Joe’s name to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

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