Frank Louis Critelli of Millington, NJ, formerly of Berkeley Heights, passed away on January 15, 2019.
Frank was born on October 31, 1929, in Jersey City, N.J. to Louis Critelli, an immigrant from Italy, and the former Philomena (Florence) LeFante. He graduated from St. Peter’s College in 1951 with a degree in accounting and became a certified public accountant. He worked for Haskins and Sells before joining the Elizabethtown Water Company, where he worked for the remainder of his career.
He married the love of his life, the former Eleanor Slockbower, on October 17, 1954. His wife survives him, as do two daughters, Denise and her husband Bob Esberg of Newtown, PA, and Judy and her husband Bob Burkholder of Sandy Springs, GA, He is also survived by four grandchildren, Hannah Esberg, Daniel Esberg, Andrew Burkholder and his wife Diana and Caroline Burkholder who affectionately called him Pop Pop. He is also survived by his sisters, Rose Sciarappa and Doris Scherer, both of Toms River, NJ, as well as a brother, Anthony Critelli, and his wife Mildred of Jackson, NJ, as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Frank spent his retirement years happily visiting his grandchildren, traveling the world, and making ample opportunities to enjoy what he called “adventures in eating”. He liked to root for the underdog, with the exception of baseball, when he always rooted for the Yankees. Frank was known to his family for his generosity of heart, his love of hot dogs, big band music and chocolate ice cream. Even as his health declined, his sense of humor remained intact.
Visitation for Frank will be Thursday January 17, 2019 from 2-4 and 7-9 at the Valley Memorial Funeral Home 1012 Valley Rd., Gillette, NJ. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday 10:00 AM at St. Vincent de Paul RC Church, Stirling, NJ. Interment will follow at St. Vincent de Paul Cemetery, Stirling. For more information and online condolences visit valleymemorialfuneralhome.net