Armando Parisi, 89, of Elizabeth, NJ, loving husband, father, grandfather, and great- grandfather, passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 30, 2021.
Armando was born on February 26, 1931 to his parents Rocco and Teresa. He grew up in Italy with his close-knit family of six siblings. Although he only attended school until 5th grade, he found success working with his father as a shoemaker. After marrying Pasqualina in 1960, they decided to immigrate to America to begin a new life with their growing family. In 1961, they settled in Elizabeth, NJ, where they would raise their daughters. Their house on 2nd Avenue became a hub of activity for friends, and family alike, and remained so over the 57 years that Armando lived there.
In America, Armando became an acclaimed cabinet maker. He was dedicated to his craft, working with Crincoli Custom Cabinet Making for 15 years and also at Mielack Woodwork for 10 years until his retirement in 1996. Armando loved to dance to classical Italian music, and could be found on the dancefloor at any party even well into his 80's. His technique, and energy were unmatched. He truly enjoyed sharing his love of music with others, often singing or playing the mandolin at family gatherings. Armando had a sharp sense of humor, and was always laughing, and joking around. He loved spending time with his family, and will be missed by all who knew him.
He is predeceased by his wife of 53 years, Pasqualina Parisi(nee Branca), as well his sisters, Maria, Giovannina, Esterina, and his brother, Francesco.
Armando, lovingly known as "Papa", and "Nonno" by his family is survived by his three daughters; Theresa DeMaio and her husband Anthony, Rosaria Deahl, and her husband Brian, and Anna DeCapua, and her husband Sam, his sister, Sandrina, as well as his eight grandchildren; Ross, Amanda, Jessica, Jennifer, Brian, Bianca, Dante, and Samantha, and his seven great-grandchildren; Vincent, Daniela, Rocco, Vianna, Lorenzo, Kadence, and Skylar.
The funeral service will be held privately. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Alzheimer's Association at https://act.alz.org/donate.