Joe Primerano


Joe Primerano, 77, of Fair Lawn, passed away Monday, September 18, 2017.  Born and raised in Calabria, Italy, he lived in Buenos Aires, Argentina, before coming to the United States in November 1970. 

Before retiring in 2005, he was a custodian for the Fair Lawn public schools. 

He was a parishioner of St. Anne R.C. Church, Fair Lawn.  He was a former member of the Cinquefrondi Society of New York.  He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and taking drives to his farm in upstate New York.  He was an avid traveler and enjoyed speaking many languages. 

He is predeceased by his parents, Arcangelo Primerano and Immacolata Candido Primerano, and a brother, Michele Primerano.  He was the loving husband of Fedora Ciappina Primerano and loving father of I. Emiliana Tuohey and her husband, Patrick Tuohey, and Susan Quinlan and her husband Roger Quinlan, all of Fair Lawn.   He was the dear grandfather of Patrick, Joseph, Emma, Anna and Giuliana.  He is survived by two sisters, Angela Primerano Forte and Carmela Primerano Mignone, both of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and many loving nieces and nephews. 

Mass will be said Friday, September 22, 2017, 9:30 AM at St. Anne R.C. Church, 15-05 St. Anne Street, Fair Lawn.  Visiting is Thursday, September 21, 2017 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Vander Plaat-Caggiano Funeral Home, 13-31 Saddle River Road, Fair Lawn.  Following mass, Interment will be at St. Mary's Cemetery in Saddle Brook. 

Donations to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK  73123-1718,  or the Susan G. Komen organization,  would be appreciated.

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This man was all things good. His legacy is the wonderful family he has left behind. Go forth & make him proud.
Tracy Sayegh-Hessami
Dear Susan, Roger, Emma & Giuliana, We are so very sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. With deepest sympathy, The Connellys ❤️
The Connelly Family
"Nono" is the name my kids and I know him by. He was someone we all looked forward to seeing at Lyncrest. He could make my kids smile with just a "Good Morning" and a pat on the head. He always went out of his way to greet the children and tell them to "have a good day". I already miss seeing him stand by the gate waiting for the bell to ring and watching his granddaughter enter the school. Sometimes, I would get there early and he would tell me stories of "the old days". He was a gentle soul and had such a kind heart. He always spoke of how much he loved his wife, kids and grandkids. It is so hard to imagine not seeing his smiling face anymore. He touched so many lives and will be sorely missed. May he rest in peace as he is home with God now. May he watch over his family and protect them. My condolences to his family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Kathleen Zaccone
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