Piagesi,  Raymond A.

Raymond A. Piagesi, 84 , died  May 16, 2011 in  Barn Hill Care Center, Newton, NJ.  Raymond lived in  Newton, NJ coming from Panther Valley, Allamuchy, NJ and Washington, NJ and was born in New Village, NJ on June 13, 1926.

Husband/Wife of: late Betty Lou (Castner) Piagesi, beloved wife of 64 years passed away in April 2011

Son/Daughter of: late Augusto and Clauda (Urbinelli) Piagesi

Survived By: 2 Daughters-Susan Piagesi, Hackettstown, NJ; Diane and her husband Livio Zett, Newton, NJ
2 Grandaughters-Alessandra and Francesca Zett
1 Sister-Anna Florentine, Hackettstown, NJ
Brother in law and Sister in law-Allen and Alice Castner
2 Sisters in law-Jeanne Castner and Joan Piagesi
Many cousins, nieces and nephews
Predeceased by 1 Brother-Hugo Piagesi (1998) and a Sister-Alvira Piagesi

Occupation: Raymond was a Division Operating Superintendent for Jersey Central Power & Light, Dover, NJ, retiring in 1990.

Veteran Info: Raymond was a decorated veteran of WW II, Pacific Theatre, serving in the Army Air Force as Radio Operator and Mechanic on B-25 missions. After returning to the states he married his high school sweetheart, Betty Lou Castner in 1947

Additional Information:  Raymond was born as Remo Antonio and came into this world on his sister's birthday. One of the New Village Boys known for excellence in wrestling, football and practical jokes at Washington High School, Ray carried a love for all three throughout his life and attended the District, Regional and State Wrestling Tournaments well into retirement. Ray opened his own radio and TV repair shop in Easton, PA before joining JCP & L in the early 1960's. Always active in the family tradition of community service, Ray was the youngest recipient of Rotary International's Paul Harris Fellowship for then-District 747. He served in Rotary for over 33 years as well as on many committees and boards in Washington, NJ, his home for several years. An avid golfer, Ray helped organize many charitable golf tournaments and was a member in good standing of Loughlin's Legends at Panther Valley Golf Club.

Visitation: Thursday, May 19, 2011, 2:00 - 4:00 PM and 6:00 - 8:00 PM at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High St., Hackettstown, NJ 07840

Services: Family and friends are welcome at a service of sharing and remembrance at 11:00 AM on Friday, May 20, 2011- at the Hackettstown Union Cemetery and Chapel, Hackettstown, NJ

In Lieu of Flowers: Donations may be made to Bridgeway Rehabilitation Services, 615 N. Broad St., Elizabeth, NJ 07208; Compassionate Care Hospice, 570 Lafayette Road, Sparta, NJ 07871 or a charity of one's choice.

Interment: Entombment in Hackettstown Union Cemetery