LODI, N.J. -- Gerardo "Jerry" Conte, of Lodi, died on Sunday, March 19. He was 79.
Born in Palomonte, Salerno, Italy, Conte immigrated to the United States when he was 18 years old. He lived in Garfield for 17 years and Passaic Park for eight, before moving to Lodi 36 years ago.
He was a parishioner of Mt. Virgin Church, a member of the San Pio Prayer Group in Garfield and a member of the Italian American Forum of Lodi. He was a mason all of his life, working with the Laborers Union Local 325 in Jersey City.
Conte is survived by his wife of 48 years, Maria (Massa); children Irene Benevenga and her husband Mario, and Susanna Scalcione and her husband Anthony; and grandchildren Massimo, Gabriella, Daniela, Antonio and Marina.
He is also survived by his siblings Domenico Conte, Lucia Parisi, Antonio Conte and Rosina Conte; sisters- and brothers-in-law Felicia Parisi, Vittorio Massa, Domenica Benevenga and Josephine Mastrolia; and many nieces and nephews.
Conte was predeceased by his siblings, Maria and Francesco Conte.
Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. on Wednesday, March 22, and 4-8 p.m. on Thursday at Aloia Funeral Home, 180 Harrison Ave., in Garfield. The funeral is on Friday, arriving at the funeral home at 8:30 a.m., followed by a 9:30 mass at Our Lady of Mount Virgin Church, in Garfield. Entombment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, in Saddle Brook.
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