Joseph Raffetto

Joseph Raffetto Jr.

Saturday, August 31st, 1929 - Tuesday, April 30th, 2019
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Joseph Raffetto Jr., 89, passed peacefully on April 30, 2019, with his devoted family at his bedside.

He was a lifelong resident of Spring Lake — born in his family home on St. Clair Avenue on Aug. 31, 1929, to Linda (née Dondero) and Joseph Raffetto Sr., both originally from Italy. Joe graduated from Asbury Park High School and then Seton Hall University, where he studied advertising and marketing.

As a young professional, Joe acquired ad space and radio time for Young and Rubicam in Manhattan. He later opened Wall Liquor with his brother-in-law and then launched Fountain 9, a shopping complex on Route 35 that he managed up until his passing.

Joe was the consummate family man, delighting in all of his children’s and grandchildren’s activities and milestones. He also enjoyed a good laugh with friends. In recent years you could find him every weekday morning conversing over coffee with the guys at Joe’s Deli.

Every Sunday he attended St. Catharine by the shore of Spring Lake, the church where Joe married his wife, baptized his children, and remained an active parishioner throughout his lifetime.

He was also a Roman history buff and proud of his Italian heritage. Joe was a member of the Italian American Club of Ocean Township and the Amerigo Vespucci Society of Long Branch.

Joe was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 53 years, Theresa A. (née Lotito) Raffetto.

He is survived by his six children, son Joseph Raffetto III and wife Carey of Julian, Calif., his five daughters: Linda Bassini and husband Dale of Brick, Valerie Manfredini and husband Giancarlo of Bedonia, Italy, Laura Holl of Spring Lake, Christina Foerst and husband Drew of Sea Girt, and Theresa Raffetto of Manhattan, his 11 grandchildren, one great-granddaughter, two nephews and his cherished sister, Gloria Palmer of Wall.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Saturday, May 4, 2019, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the O’Brien Funeral Home, 2028 Hwy. 35 at New Bedford Road in Wall. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, May 6, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Catharine Church, 215 Essex Ave., Spring Lake. Please meet at the church on Monday as there will not be a procession from the funeral home. Burial will follow at St. Catharine Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. For directions or to offer online condolences to the family, please visit
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, May 4th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 6:00pm
    Saturday, May 4th, 2019 2:00pm - 6:00pm
    O'Brien Funeral Home - Wall
    2028 NJ-35
    WALL, NJ 07719
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Monday, May 6th, 2019 | 10:30am
    Monday, May 6th, 2019 10:30am
    St. Catharine's Church
    215 Essex Avenue
    SPRING LAKE, NJ 07762
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Donations are being accepted for: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.


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steve barry

Posted at 09:18am
John Adams said that to do good and be good was all we had to do; if that is the case, Joe had it made, for he will be remembered for his unfailing kindness, sincerity and humility, his great sense of humor, the simple pleasures he enjoyed, the many friends he loved, and who loved him, and for his great, multi-cultural family who shall forever light his legacy.

Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass...
It's about learning to dance in the rain.

Requiescat in pace, old pal.

Vita mutatur non tollitur ~ Life is changed, not ended.

Susan & Steve Barry; Spring Lake

cri bedonia

Posted at 06:24am
Le piu' sentite condoglianze a Valerie e famiglia per la perdita del caro papa' Joseph jr. - Croce Rossa Italiana - Bedonia (Pr) - Italy.

Kerri Reid

Posted at 09:44am
Our love to all of our Raffetto cousins - we are so happy we got to share in many family reunions to all get together in years past. We love the memories of all being together and hope that your family strength keeps you standing during this most difficult time. I have so many good thoughts of the fun we had in Spring Lake and in Italy and I am so blessed I got to hang out in Italy with my Terri and Joe as I did :)
Kerri and all of the Tortora famiily

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