Joseph J. Sorrentino, longtime resident of Rumson, passed away at the age of 81, surrounded by the love of his family on April 2 at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch. Joe proudly served his community of Rumson in many ways over his life. Joe spent 40 years working for the Rumson Department of Public Works, attaining the title of Superintendent. He was a life member of the Rumson Fire Department, serving in the capacity of president. He was also a member of the Rumson First Aid Squad and also served as their president.
Joe was a communicant of St. Michaels R.C. Church in Long Branch. He was an usher, a member of the Welcoming Committee and a volunteer at their Society of St. Vincent dePaul. He was a member of the Italian American Club of Ocean and could be seen each summer making Zeppole at their annual fair.
Joe was also a member of the Catholic War Veterans of Ocean after serving his country honorably in the United States Army. He was an active volunteer for the Central Jersey Blood Bank and would be the smiling face to greet and check in donors at blood drives around the area.
He was predeceased by his brother, James Sorrentino of Manchester.
Surviving are his loving wife of 53 years, JoAnn Burnett Sorrentino; two sons, Joe Sorrentino and his wife Polly of Brookfield, Connecticut, and John Sorrentino and his wife Melody of Ocean; his grandchildren who were the “lights of his life,” John Gunnar Sorrentino and Anna Sorrentino; and his sister Pauline Smith of Fair Haven.
In lieu of flowers, the family would greatly appreciate donations in Joe’s memory be made to St. Vincent de Paul, 6 West End Court, Long Branch, NJ 07740. St. Vincent de Paul provides support for the less fortunate. Visitation will be at the Hoffman Funeral Home, 415 Broadway, Long Branch, on Thursday, April 7 from 4 to 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 8 at Saint Michael’s R.C. Church, Long Branch. Entombment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Keyport.
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