Adolph Passerini: Born August 8, 1924, Died January 14, 2010

by Dana Passerini
(Hopatcong, New Jersey, USA)

Adolph serving in the U.S. Army WWII

Adolph serving in the U.S. Army WWII

Adolph Passerini was born August 6, 1924 and passed away on January 14, 2010 at Morristown Memorial Hospital in Morristown New Jersey surrounded by his loving family. Adolph was born in Parma, Italy before migrating to Newark, NJ and later moving to Lake Parsippany with his loving wife, Caroline Passerini. He got to serve in the U.S. Army during World War II from July 13, 1943 until being honorably discharged on November 30, 1945. While in the Army however, he received many decorations and citation, one of which included the highest honors given to a soldier, the Purple Heart. Adolph worked many years for the Swan Manufacturing Company in Rockaway and even retired as plant manager in 1986. He also volunteered his time for the Parsippany Daycare Center for many years. Survivors of Adolph were his nine grandchildren and his four children and their spouses, Rocco and his wife Joanne, Mary Ann Kiczek and her husband Paul, Rosetta Craney and her husband Bob, and Deborah Siccardi and her husband Thomas.Adolph was the best friend, brother, father, and grandfather anyone could ask for. If you needed someone to talk to, he would always be there for you. He somehow always knew what to say and gave the best advice he possibly could. You could give him any task, any thing you needed to be fixed and he would somehow fix it, no matter how long or hard it would be. He enjoyed building things, like wooden birds that blew in the wind, mail boxes, bird houses, any little thing you wanted he could build. Adolph was also the bravest man. He enjoyed flying small planes whenever he could before getting too old to do so. He was never scared to show over either, doing loops in the sky and crazy turns. He liked to make those watching him from the ground have to hold their breaths for a little. Not only was him serving in the Army a very brave thing he did, but events that happened to him while fighting for the U.S. is not something many men could handle. That is one of the many reasons he was honored with the Purple Heart while serving in WWII. He’s had his finger almost blown off, and he was captured for a period of time, his wife thinking he was dead for that time because no one knew where he was. He somehow survived all of that and was able to come home to his wife after being missing for so long. Adolph was a kind and caring man, always putting other before himself; he made sure everyone was okay before he was. Adolph is missed everyday by so many of his loved ones. He should know how much he is still loved and how much he will never be forgotten.

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