Joseph TufanoMay 5, 1941 ~ October 7, 2017 (age 76)
Joseph Tufano, 76, of Middletown, New Jersey, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, New Jersey. Joseph was born on May 5, 1941 in Saviano, Italy, where he grew up on his family farm. When he was thirteen years old, Joseph and his family immigrated to the United States, settling in Brooklyn, New York. On May 5, 1968, Joseph and his wife, Marie, were married and began their lives together in Jersey City, New Jersey. In 1977, they settled in Middletown, New Jersey to raise their family. Joseph was a proud United States Army Veteran, where he served as a medic for many years and before his retirement, he worked as an Engineer for Path Railroad. In his spare time, Joseph was an avid gardener and loved tending to his plants, flowers, and beautiful landscape. Joseph made the greatest homemade pizza and was the best baker around. His family described him as being an "expert at all things"; whatever it was that Joseph was working on, it was always done with the utmost care and completed to perfection. He was a devoted husband, and the best father, grandfather, and brother to all of his family.
He was predeceased by his parents, Raffaele and Speranza (Desena) Tufano, his beloved wife, Marie L. (Savoia) Tufano, and his siblings, Christina Tufano, Pascal Tufano, and Ursula Tufano, along with 4 brothers that passed away as children before Joseph's birth. Joseph is survived by his loving son and daughter, Steven R. Tufano of Middletown, New Jersey, and Andrea M. Panariello and her husband, Anthony, of Port Monmouth, New Jersey, and his dear siblings, Stefano, Saverio, Emanuel, and John Tufano, and Irene Tomassetti, along with their spouses. He is also survived by his cherished grandchildren, Antonio, Andrew, Aaron, and Angelina Panariello, his adoring nephew, who was more like a son to Joseph, Philip Barbour and his wife, Donna, his treasured great niece, Sara Barbour, along with many more cherished nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews. Joseph will be deeply missed, but never forgotten.
Family and friends are invited to visit on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 PM and Wednesday morning, October 11, 2017 from 9:30 to 10:30 AM at the Shore Point Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 3269 State Highway/Route 35 North, Hazlet, New Jersey 07730. A prayer service will be offered at the funeral home on Wednesday morning at 10:00 AM. Interment will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery, 100 Chapel Hill Road, Middletown/Red Bank, New Jersey 07701. In lieu of flowers, donations in loving memory of Joseph to the Arc of Monmouth would be greatly appreciated. To donate, please visit, arcofmonmouth.org. For information, directions, or to send condolences to the family, please visit, www.shorepointfh.com.