Rocco Petrillo, of Little Falls, passed away on Wednesday, March 30, 2022.
Rocco was born in Tricarico, Matera, Italy before coming to the United States in 1955.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 50 years Ana Maria Petrillo (nee Foresta). Loving father of Melissa DePiro and her husband Ron, Lori Petrillo and Tony, Rocco Petrillo Jr. and his wife Nicole. Cherished grandfather of Michael Osta, Lorena Osta, Olivia DePiro and Adriana Petrillo. He is also survived by his brother and sisters Celeste Cannataro and her husband Frank, Josephine Capo and Mickey, Frank Petrillo and his wife Hanna as well as many nieces and nephews and his buddy Jack.
Rocco was a General Contractor and owner of Tricarico Construction, Inc. for 20 years where he worked with the Paterson Board of Education. He was also the owner of Cafe Italia on 21st Ave. in Paterson, NJ and sold the cafe in the mid 1980's. He was a parishioner of Our Lady of the Holy Angels Church in Little Falls.
He is predeceased by his father Pancrazio Petrillo, his mother Maria Petrillo (nee La Morte), his sister Joanne, his nephew Richie and his father-in-law Mario Foresta.
Rocco enjoyed playing cards at the Roma Club in Woodland Park. He also enjoyed music and loved to play the piano/accordion every night. He will be deeply missed by so many.
The family will receive their friends on Sunday, April 3, 2022 from 4-8 PM at Gaita Memorial Home, 154 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Little Falls. A Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, April 4, 2022 at 10 AM at Our Lady of the Holy Angels RC Church, 473 Main Street, Little Falls. Please meet directly at church.
In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or www.stjude.org would be appreciated. Envelopes will also be provided by the funeral home during visiting hours.