Dennis Ferdinand Chiappetta, Sr., 78, of Manalapan, New Jersey, passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday, July 13. One of six children, Dennis was born June 17, 1943, to Ferdinand and Angeline (Bonofiglio) Chiappetta and raised in their warm Italian Catholic family in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He was a member of Holy Rosary Parish where he also attended elementary school. After graduating from St. Joseph's High School in Kenosha, Dennis earned a scholarship to attend Marquette University, where he completed Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Communications. He married his high school sweetheart, Sandra Pohlman, June 12, 1965 marking the start of a loving and joy-filled 56-year marriage.
Dennis moved to New York City with Sandy in 1965 to participate in a highly selective management training program at Equitable Life Assurance Society. He became a Systems Analyst with Equitable Life, and then with Young and Rubicam Inc. (Y&R) at its headquarters in New York. While working and raising his family, he earned a Master's degree in Business Administration at New York University, and became Vice President and Director of Y&R's Corporate Financial and Business Systems. A steadfast leader, Dennis was counted on to manage business systems across the worldwide agency.
Dennis and Sandy moved out of Manhattan as their family grew, establishing roots in Manalapan, New Jersey.
Always an ardent reader, Dennis' love of books inspired him to start a long and fulfilling hobby as a rare book and art dealer. He always appreciated great literature and fine art in its many forms. He shared this passion with each of his five children and 24 grandchildren. He often gave others specific books as gifts for a reason. Each of Dennis' books had a story beyond those told within its pages.
Dennis was an extraordinary cook, a skill learned as a boy from his mother, Angie, and perfected over many years of experimenting. Whether he was preparing an extravagant Christmas Eve feast for 35, complete with traditional family dishes, or turning leftovers into flavorful meals, he did so with verve and humility. He always let his food speak for him. Good food was a demonstration of his love.
Dennis was also an avid golfer, a passion inspired by his father, Ferdy, enjoying many rounds in the early morning on his own or with family. Golf was both an essential skill to master, and a lot of fun.
In all interactions he had with family and friends, in the office, or the antiques market, he quietly modeled gentle humor, tact, diplomacy, and virtue, and he always upheld the truth while practicing the art of understatement.
Dennis drew strength from his faith, passed down to him by his parents and shared among his large family. He was a parishioner of St. Thomas the Apostle in Old Bridge, New Jersey, for 50 years. His love of God and family was paramount, and his reliable presence, his counsel and his encouragement in times of need will never be forgotten by his friends and family.
Family, faith, and infinite support and love from his wife Sandy, provided Dennis the foundation and support necessary to make the most of his God-given talents and make a real difference in the lives of nearly everyone he met.
Dennis is survived by his wife Sandy, whom he loved dearly, his five children, Maria (Jeff) Hartman, Dennis, Jr. (Tina), Christopher, Anthony (Monica) and Vincent (Carmen)--and his 24 grandchildren: Henry Christopher, Elizabeth, William, Natalie, Emily and Jeffry Hartman; Dennis III, Olivia, Anna and Joseph Chiappetta; Matthew, Thomas, Robert, Maria, Bernadette, Cecilia, Margaret, John and Veronica Chiappetta; and Julia, Peter, Gregory, Marco and Alexander Chiappetta. He is also survived by his brothers and sisters, Gail (Jim) Whelpley, Jeffrey (Elaine), Carole Ann Forgianni, Ferdinand (Susan) and Rita (Art Maurer).
Friends and family may visit from 4pm to 7pm at The Brunswick Memorial Home, 454 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick, on Thursday, July 22nd. Funeral services will be held on Friday, July 23rd, at 8:45 am, starting at Brunswick Memorial followed immediately by a 9:30 am Mass of Christian Burial at St. Thomas the Apostle Roman Catholic Church, Old Bridge. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Burial Park in South Brunswick. For directions, please visit our "Services" page.
Should friends desire, donations may be made in memory of Dennis to:
The Dominican Sisters of Mary Mother of the Eucharist, The Sophia Institute for Teachers, or The Thomas More Society.
To view the Mass of Christian Burial online, please use the following link: https://www.facebook.com/St-Thomas-the-Apostle-Church-Old-Bridge-NJ-527495194010209
We will miss our neighbor Dennis , who we have known for so many years, We will miss his kind smile , friendly waves and conversation .
Rest In Peace
Steve and Lily Kravetz
Dear Vincent, our most heartfelt condolences to you and to your family on the love of your father. Like his dear son, we always found him to be a gentleman in every sense of the word. He touched many lives for the better.
The Jancola Family
Deeply saddened to hear that Dennis Sr. left us. He was always warm, pleasant, respectful, a perfect gentleman . We always enjoyed talking with him. We will miss him very much. Our heartfelt condolences to Mrs. Chiappetta, Maria, Dennis, you, Tony, Vincent, and the entire Chiappetta family. May his soul Rest In Peace 🙏
Let us know if there is anything we can do to help.
Sid, Beryl, and Sharma Family.
“Pray that my family may find in me what yours found in you; friendship and courage, cheerfulness and charity, diligence in duties, counsel in adversity , patience in pain - their good servant, and God’s first. Amen” St. Thomas More
Well done, Uncle Dennis, Rest In Peace. Love Beth and Tony Bennett and children
My heart broke for you and all the children and grandchildren when Chris called to tell me this sad news. There was just something special about Dennis and after reading his life story, I could feel his gentle kindness all over again. So glad I warned him of my coming up to him in church the last Sunday I saw you both~~know he is resting in the arms of Our Lord and will be watching down on his beautiful family :)
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