Frank Cavallo

Frank Cavallo

Tuesday, April 10th, 1917 - Monday, January 7th, 2019
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Obituary

Frank Cavello died January 7, 2019 in Morristown, NJ. He was 101.
Frank was born in the Vauxhall section of Union Township on April 10, 1917, a son to the late mary (Armeda) and Vincenzo "James" Cavallo. He lived in Maplewood, NJ before moving to Basking Ridge in 1958.
He received his Associates Degree, and worked as a Jeweler for over 62 years at Wefferling Berry Cutlery and in Summit, NJ before retiring.
Frank was a member of the Warrenbrook Senior Center in Warren, NJ where he loved to Ballroom Dance.
He was Roman Catholic and enjoyed his visits to the Shrine of St. Joseph in Stirling, NJ.
He was pre deceased by his wife Minnie (Varella) Cavallo.
Frank is survived by his nephew Matt Paolercio, his friend Susan Shumann and other friends and relatives.
Visitation will be Tuesday January 15, 2019 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the Valley Memorial Funeral Home 1012 Valley Rd., Gillette, NJ. A Religious Service will be Wednesday January 16, 2019 10:00 AM at the funeral home with Fr. Charley Piatt officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to Liberty Corner First Aid Squad 740 Martinsville Rd., Liberty Corner, NJ. For information visit valleymemorialfuneralhome.net
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, January 15th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    When
    Tuesday, January 15th, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Location
    Valley Memorial Funeral Home
    Address
    1012 Valley Rd
    GILLETTE, NJ 07933
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  • Second Visitation

    Tuesday, January 15th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Tuesday, January 15th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Valley Memorial Funeral Home
    Address
    1012 Valley Rd
    GILLETTE, NJ 07933
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Wednesday, January 16th, 2019 | 10:00am
    When
    Wednesday, January 16th, 2019 10:00am
    Location
    Valley Memorial Funeral Home
    Address
    1012 Valley Rd
    GILLETTE, NJ 07933
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    Fr. Charley Piatt
  • Interment

    Location
    St. Teresa of Avila Cemetery
    Address
    1 Passaic Ave
    SUMMIT, NJ 07901
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Jo Ann Cavallo

Posted at 04:53pm
As the niece of Frank Cavallo, I would like to offer a tribute in honor of his memory on behalf of the Cavallo family. My grandparents (Uncle Frank’s parents) were born in Montefalcione, a beautiful hilltown of a few thousand inhabitants near Avellino, in the Campania region of Italy, but they met each other and raised their family – their daughter Angelina and their sons Fred, Frank, and Joseph (my father) – in Vaux Hall, NJ. The trip across the Atlantic Ocean to a new continent didn’t mean that they gave up their cherished traditions. On the contrary, my grandfather tended his garden on a large plot of land across the street from his house, growing tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, zucchini, beans, basil, and other plants that supplied the family’s needs. In the backyard he raised rabbits, chickens, pigeons, and even a pig. While inside the house, he spent his free time in his workshop, which was lined with every kind of tool imaginable. A master craftsman, he had made most of what he needed by hand, such as copper funnels he used in wine-making and large spoons for the pasta pot. My grandmother was often in the kitchen because eating healthy authentic home-grown food was a priority. She made home-made tomato sauce and preserved peppers and other vegetables in Mason jars. The Cavallo family used to gather for lunch in my grandparents’ basement kitchen every Sunday. My Aunt Ange and grandmother would make pasta from scatch, rolling dough on a large wooden pasta board, and my mother, Aunt Minnie, and I would share the clean up. I believe that Uncle Frank enjoyed a healthy life until the age of 101 not only due to good luck – although fortune always plays a part – but also due to the lifestyle he inherited and adopted throughout his life, both during his marriage to Aunt Minnie and during the many years he lived alone after Aunt Minnie’s passing. With a spirit of independence and self-reliance, he was as self-sufficient as is conceivable in today’s society. He complained that the town would not let him raise farm animals in his yard, but that didn’t stop him from shooting and eating ground hogs or deer when he had the occasion. He tended his splendid garden in his backyard until he was well into his 90s, keeping the seeds from year to year so that plants harvested in the 2000s descended from those he had planted in the 1950s. In a day and age in which we are subjected to genetically modified food without our knowledge or consent, Uncle Frank had his own seed bank and could be certain of the quality of the food that he produced and preserved. And he carried on and even surpassed my grandfather’s artisan skills, creating works of art with his hands, whether working precious metals or wood. All of this wholesome activity kept him alert and strong – so much so that in his 90s he was still carrying on an exercise routine and could boast of shoveling snow on his front walk. Indeed, during one of our visits he got down on the carpet and demonstrated his push-ups. His life, in sum, was not only well-lived, carrying on Old World Italian traditions that are today recognized as a healthy alternative to a pre-packaged fast-food convenience store lifestyle, but is also a model to all of us who aspire to reach old age with a healthy mind and body.
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