GARFIELD, N.J. -- Emil Madonna, a longtime resident of Garfield, died on Wednesday, Jan. 18. He was 98.
Born in Palermo, Italy, Madonna came to the United States through Ellis Island in 1920, as an infant. He first lived in New York, then Passaic, and he settled in Garfield in 1946. He was an Army veteran. He was seriously wounded on the beach in Normandy, and he earned a Purple Heart.
Madonna retired from Givaudan Flavors, in Clifton, in 1981. He had also been an active parishioner of Garfield's Holy Name Church, where he was a hospitality minister.
"He was a very active and proud member of the Garfield VFW Post 2867, where he served in many capacities throughout the years," information from the funeral home noted. "He was also very proud of the work he did in organizing the annual parade and had even been the grand marshall on several occasions."
Madonna is survived by his children, Janet Pisciotto and Ted Sondej; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
He was predeceased by his wife, Theresa; daughter Terry; parents Emilo and Annette Madonna; and five brothers and two sisters.
A funeral mass was held on Monday morning, Jan. 23, at Holy Name Church, in Garfield. Madonna was interred with his wife at St. Nicholas Cemetery, in Lodi. Warner-Wozniak Funeral Service, in Wallington, assisted with arrangements.