Ernest P. Rosolen

Ernest P. Rosolen

Saturday, August 25th, 1934 - Monday, February 17th, 2020
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ROSOLEN, Ernest P., age 85, of Garfield, died on February 17, 2020 surrounded by his family. Born in East Paterson, he lived there 12 years settling in Garfield 73 years ago. Ernie worked 32 years as a purchasing agent for Garden State Paper, Garfield retiring in 1999 where he also served as the director of the Fire Brigade, and currently was a Fire Inspector for the City of Garfield since 2000. He served as a Councilman for the City of Garfield in 1982, and devoted his entire life volunteering for the Garfield Fire Department - Company 4 where he was just honored for his 60 years of service. Ernie became the Fire Chief in 1978, was President from 1980-85 and 2001-2010, Vice President in 1978 and from 1990-1999, and instrumental in building the new firehouse and getting their new ladder truck. He was President of the Garfield Firemen’s Exempt Association, Life Member of the NJ State Exempt Firemen’s Association, Past President of the South Bergen Fire Chiefs Association, Member of the NJ State Fire Chiefs Association, Honorary Member of Garfield Fire Company 1, Past President of Garfield Rotary, Past President of the Garfield Boys and Girls Club, Board of Director for the Garfield YMCA, Former Member of the Garfield Zoning Board, Bergen County 200 Club, he was a Silver Card Holder of the Garfield PBA, a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus, a Former Member of the Garfield Masonic Lodge, an Honorary Member of the Lodi Moose Lodge, filled in as acting City Manager when needed, and was a Holy Name (Garfield) Cadet. As a faithful parishioner he served as Trustee, Eucharistic Minister and Usher of Our Lady of Sorrows RC Church, Garfield, and his passion was cooking for his family, especially Sunday dinners. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Pearl (nee Giamongo), three children, Joseph (Diane) Rosolen, Alan (J. Henry) Rosolen, and Dina (Scott) Dadika, a brother, Carlo (Arlene) Rosolen, six grandchildren, Jill (Nic) Santillo, Jamie Rosolen, Jessica (Chris) Donnelly, Kyle, Lauren and Marc Dadika, two great-grandchildren, Francesca and Alexander Santillo, and five great-grandpets, Flip, Buster, Penny, Lucy, and Sim. He is predeceased by a brother, Albert Rosolen. Visiting Thursday 3 to 8 pm. The funeral is Friday, February 21, 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 the family is accepting donations for the Garfield Volunteer Fire Department. The Rosolen 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

    Thursday, February 20th, 2020 | 3:00pm - 8:00pm
    Thursday, February 20th, 2020 3:00pm - 8:00pm
    Aloia Funeral Home
    180 Harrison Avenue
    GARFIELD, NJ 07026
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  • Service

    Friday, February 21st, 2020 | 9:00am
    Friday, February 21st, 2020 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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  • Knights of Columbus
  • Masonic Lodge
  • Moose Lodge
  • New Jersey Firemens Association
  • Rotary Club
  • YMCA


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nurys rosario

Posted at 05:25pm
Ernie will be missed dearly. A gentleman , friendly and helpful to everybody. Always with a big smile and talking so proud about his family.
Nurys Rosario
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The Donnellys

Posted at 05:12pm
God bless a life well lived. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
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Carol Hanzo

Posted at 03:27pm
Heaven is getting a Great Gentleman.. Always kind and with a smile.. I will miss seeing him at the Memorial Day Fireman's Services and will think of him as his name will be read this year..
My Deepest Sympathy goes out to all the Rosolen Family.May he fly over with all the angels to watch over his Brother Firefighters ..

Gloria Colli

Posted at 11:55am
Dear Pearl and family,
Woord cannot adequately express the sadness we feel upon learning of Ernie's passing. A wonderful person
and stalwart friend for many years. We will miss his kindness and presence in outlives. We are in Florida
however, we are with you in spirit.
With heartfelt condolences and sympathy to you ,
Gloria and Peter Colli

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