Peter J. Palatini

Peter J. Palatini

Monday, November 6th, 1922 - Friday, December 13th, 2019
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PALATINI, Peter J., age 97, of West Orange, died on December 13, 2019. Born and raised in Garfield for 56 years, he settled in West Orange 41 years ago. He was a WWII Navy Veteran enlisting in 1942. He served in the Asiatic Pacific Theatre from Midway to Iwo Jima with the patrol squadrons UP-71, UPB 104, and UPB 116. Peter was awarded the Distinguished Fly Cross with one Gold Star, the Air Medal with 5 Gold Stars, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with 7 Stars, the Presidential Unit Citation, WWII Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and the NJ Distinguished Service Medal. After the war, Peter remained in the Pacific and was a participant in the Atom Bomb testing of Bikini Island. He left the Navy in 1946 with the rank of Chief Aviation Machinist Mate PA USN. After the service, Peter joined the Carpenters Union and started as an apprentice for 4 years. He worked his way up to Journeyman Carpenter to a Millwright Foreman. He held the positions of Trustee, Vice President and President of the Carpenters Local 1939 in Clifton and was also a delegate trustee of the local to the District Council of Carpenters of Passaic County. He then became the Charter President of the Passaic County Local 124 before retiring in 1987 after 41 years of working. He is predeceased by his first wife, Goldie Palatini in 1976, his second wife, Doris Palatini in 2004, a son, Peter S. in 2014, a daughter-in-law, Janet in 2015, and a brother, George in 2006. He is survived by three loving children, Linda Palatini, Janice Hoyda and husband Joe, and Joseph Palatini, three step-children, Daniel Longo and wife Lucille, Mary and Jeanne Longo, two grandchildren, Jenna and Jarod Palatini, a sister, Josephine Benanti, and three nephews, Robert, Thomas, and Donald Benanti. Visiting Tuesday 3 to 7 pm. The funeral is Wednesday, December 18, 2019, arriving at the Aloia Funeral Home at 8 am followed by a 9 am mass at Our Lady of Mount Virgin Church, Garfield. Interment St. Mary’s Cemetery, Saddle Brook. In lieu of flowers donations are being accepted for the Wounded Warrior Project. The Palatini family is in the care of the Aloia Funeral Home, 180 Harrison Ave., Garfield (973-340-7077). Condolences/Directions visit
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, December 17th, 2019 | 3:00pm - 7:00pm
    Tuesday, December 17th, 2019 3:00pm - 7:00pm
    Aloia Funeral Home
    180 Harrison Avenue
    GARFIELD, NJ 07026
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  • Service

    Wednesday, December 18th, 2019 | 9:00am
    Wednesday, December 18th, 2019 9:00am
    Our Lady of Mount Virgin RC Church
    188 MacArthur Avenue
    GARFIELD, NJ 07026
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  • Interment

    St. Mary's Cemetery
    Outwater Lane and Westminster Place
    SADDLE BROOK, NJ 07663
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  • Asiatic Pacific Service Medal
  • Crucifix
  • Good Conduct Medal
  • US Navy
  • WWII Victory Medal


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Janice Hoyda

Posted at 07:13pm
Peter originally tried to enlist, but was turned away due to his hammer toe, but once the war started, they accepted him. He was in the Navy during WWII, his position was a gunner. Once he needed to fly the plane back after a mission, he was reprimanded on the way he landed the plane, so he and another man were not sent on the next mission, which saved their lives because everyone on that mission perished that day. His sister, Josephine, said he would always write home asking to send him some money, lol. After the war, he followed in his father’s footsteps and became a carpenter. While he was married to his first wife, Goldie, he worked hard and after work he built the house we lived in next to his parent’s home. He had four children, 2 girls (Linda and Janice) and 2 boys (Peter and Joseph). Peter was a family man, went to Our Lady of Sorrows Church every Sunday. On New Year’s Day, he always liked having an “open house” where everyone was invited to come. Goldie passed away in February of 1976, he took care of her every step of the way, they even went on a cruise to have more memories. He was also grateful to Gloria and John, Joan and Jack as they helped him with making her end of life more comfortable.

Then in June of 1978, Peter married his second wife Doris. She was perfect for him too! He was truly a blessed man to be able to find 2 wonderful women who loved him and he was able to share his life with. Doris had 1 son (Danny) and 2 girls (Mary and Jeanne), whom he loved and they loved him as well. We became a very happy family, able to support and lean on each other when needed. Upon moving to West Orange, Peter then attended St. Joseph’s Church, where he attended mass regularly until just recently when he was physically unable to. Peter and Doris loved going to breakfast at Eppes with their friends “The Breakfast Group” as they were known. They had many good times together! They were also well liked in the neighborhood and he always looked out for his neighbors next door and made sure they were ok especially in bad weather. Doris passed away in July of 2004, so again he was on his own, but Peter was a very strong independent person.

Peter loved his family and he would do anything for them. He helped Linda and Joseph with their home projects such as putting a new roof on her home and for Joseph, building a deck so that his grandchildren (Jenna and Jarod) can play on. Jeanne also kept him busy building such items as radiator covers and a wishing well. He enjoyed every minute as he was extremely precise in his work, measuring the wood every so accurately, guess he was a little bit of a perfectionist, lol.

Peter loved listening to country music, arranging flowers on the deck and during the holidays he decorated his house and even put up a Christmas tree! He provided guidance and reassurance whenever we sought his opinion, even when we didn’t ask, he gave you his thoughts on the subject. He was a stern, stubborn man at many times, which was no secret we felt this way about him, as we told him this often. But I guess this was his way to help us think through a situation and to make the right decision the first time without having to make a mistake.

Dad, we will miss you very much, your wisdom, your laughter, your little smirky smile, and yes even your stubbornness, but we know you are in a much better place. And with your beliefs and your strong faith, as you told us many times before, you look forward to seeing all who have passed away before you.

Your loving and grateful family!

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Posted at 08:48am
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss... Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
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Linda Palatini

Posted at 03:35pm
I will always cherish the good memories of you. I will miss your laughter, voice and having you near. Thank you for being my Father and all you did for me.

Your loving daughter,

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