MONROE TOWNSHIP - CARLO JAMES CARUNCHIO entered into eternal rest peacefully on Thursday May 18,2023 at Brookdale Senior Living in Monroe Township, NJ. He was 96 years old.
Carlo was born and raised in Jersey City. He married the love of his life, Lorraine Carunchio (nee Palatella) and they were married for 66 years. They resided in North Bergen, South River and Del Ray Beach FL before moving to the Rossmore Community in Monroe Township 20 years ago.
Carlo proudly served in the Navy from 1943-1946 aboard the U.S.S. New Hanover, a supply ship, where he was a deck hand and spent most of his service time at sea in Kagoshima, Japan. He had an honorable discharge from the Navy in May of 1946 and went to work at the Bayonne Naval base where he retired from in 1973. After retiring he started to drive limousines for funerals and in 1977 he started his own limousine business which he operated until 1986. He loved to drive and made 70 trips to Florida in 30 years. In his later years Carlo dedicated his life to veterans, whom he loved, driving them to meetings and was an active member of the American Legion in Jamesburg.
In his leisure time, he enjoyed exercising and entertaining people; singing and telling jokes and performed in the Rossmore talent shows year after year. He had a love for music, ballroom dancing, reading and walking the beach. Carlo was a "social butterfly" and 5 months prior to his passing, he was still exercising at the gym, driving, getting out every day and spending his days at the Senior Center, Library, and American Legion making people laugh but most of all, he enjoyed family gatherings and parties.
Carlo was predeceased by his wife, Lorraine and his three brothers Alfred, Dominic, and Michael.
Surviving are his daughters Lorraine Carunchio and her partner, Ken Gandero of Jackson and Gayle Dragon and her husband, Dennis, of Monroe Township; Dennis' brother, Nicholas, of Lakewood; his grandchildren Danielle Vanacore and her partner, Antonio, Dennis Dragon and Krystle Dragon; his two great-grandchildren, Hennessy and Jase and many nieces and nephews and friends, all of who he loved.
A memorial visitation will be held on Monday, May 22, 2023, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, at The BRUNSWICK MEMORIAL HOME, 454 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick, where a memorial service will be held at 6:00 pm. For directions, please visit our "Services" page.
Memorial contributions may be made to any Veterans organization.
My Uncle “Mandy” was like a second father to me and the closest link to my father Alfred his brother. I have almost 67 years of memories with my Uncle. He always made me smile and laugh. We would share new comic “material”. His selfless love for his family and country will continue to inspire us all. Both of his daughters: Lori and Gayle exemplified the same selfless love in the care of both their parents. I have peace from God because I know he did receive God’s greatest gift of salvation through accepting and confessing Jesus Christ as his Savior and Lord. I thank God for so many years of being able to love him and be loved by him. A huggable gift of God’s love to us. This is not goodbye but arrivederci!
Ide volio bene per sempre.
As a member of our Indian American Club in Rossmoor, Carlo enjoyed most of all our meditation sessions on Saturday mornings. He was a consistent participant in spite of some physical difficulties. He also enjoyed his hot chocolate after our meditation sessions. Carlo will be missed by all of us who knew him because of his exceptional wit and humor. Rest in peace, Carlo. You may have left many friends here on earth but we are sure that the heavenly citizens will enjoy your good humor.
East Brunswick, New Jersey 08816
East Brunswick, New Jersey 08816
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