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Memorial for Gerald "Jerry" A. Grande

Born in Brooklyn, NY on May 27, 1923
Died on Apr. 29, 2016 and resided in Frankford Township, NJ.
Visitation: Tuesday, May 3, 2016
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm & 7:00 pm
- 8:30 pm
Prayer Service: Tuesday, May 3, 2016
8:30 pm
Graveside Entombment Service: Wednesday, May 4, 2016
11:00 am
Cemetery: Gate of Heaven Cemetery in East Hanover.
Please click on the links above for locations, times, maps, and directions.

Gerald "Jerry" A. Grande, 92, of Frankford Township, died Friday, April 29, 2016, at Twin Cedars Senior Living in Shohola, PA.

Jerry was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, as a first generation child of the United States after his parents relocated here from Italy in the early 1920's. Jerry owned and operated his trucking company, Grande Trucking, out of Brooklyn for many years. He was a resident of Hewitt, NJ, from 1968 to 2000 then lived in Butler before relocating to Frankford Township in 2012.

A US Army veteran of WWII, Jerry served from 1943 to 1945. He landed in the second wave on Omaha Beach on D-Day and his unit was instrumental in liberating Paris. He fought in five major campaigns, including the Battle of the Bulge and the Liberation of Dachau. He shared his experiences with students at High Point Regional High School on multiple occasions. Jerry was a founding member of the Knights of Columbus 6138 Joseph S. Toomey Council, achieving the honor of Fourth Degree Knight and Past Grand Knight. He was also an active member of the American Legion, VFW, and Retired Teamsters.

The son of the late Emilio and Caroline (nee Fabiano) Grande, Jerry was also predeceased by his beloved wife, Maria V. (nee Dattoli) Grande, in 1995.
He is survived by his daughter, Carol LaStarza and long term partner, Bob Quinn, of Frankford Township, NJ; his grandson, David LaStarza, Jr., and wife, Danielle, of Frankford Township, NJ; his dear friend and companion, Lucy Kryschuk, of Kinnelon, NJ; his sisters, Ann Cafarella and husband, Thomas, of Brooklyn, NY, and Millie Cavaliere, of Staten Island, NY; his brother, Frank Grande, of Staten Island, NY; many nieces and nephews; and his daughter Geraldine Grande of Cottonwood, AZ.

A Graveside Entombment Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 4, 2016, at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in East Hanover. Visitation will be held Tuesday, May 3, 2016, from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Wood Funeral Home, 16 Main Street, Branchville, NJ, with a Prayer Service at 8:30 p.m., followed by American Legion services.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Marie V. Grande Scholarship Fund, c/o Donna Lembo-Director of Guidance, High Point Regional High School, 299 Pigeon Hill Rd, Sussex, NJ 07461 or to Honor Flight, Inc. 300 E. Auburn Ave, Springfield, OH 45505. Online condolences may be offered at www.woodfuneralhome.net.

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