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John J. Celauro
John J. Celauro

June 16, 1922 - October 18, 2019
Born in Manhattan, New York
Resided in Mt. Arlington, New Jersey


John J. Celauro, 97, of Mt. Arlington, passed away Friday, October 18, 2019, at Mt. Arlington Senior Living in Mt. Arlington.

Born in Manhattan, New York, John was raised in Manhattan and Brooklyn, New York, then moved to Syosset, New York, where he and his wife raised their family. He was a United States Army Airforce veteran, proudly serving as an aerial gunner on a B17 Bomber. John was the owner/operator of JMC Metal Labs in Medford, Long Island, New York, specializing in precision sheet metal manufacturing, for 30 years before his retirement in 1987. Following his retirement, he bought houses in Fort Myers, Florida, and Sparta, New Jersey.

John was a hardworking and successful man. He was extremely dedicated to his family. He also loved music, dancing and playing the guitar. He was an amazing storyteller and always found time to listen to others. Reminiscing to the sounds of the Caloosahatchee or Lake Mohawk, he would enthrall you with tales of his life. Always humorous and always heartfelt.

The son of the late John and Josephine (Cacciato) Celauro, John was also predeceased by his wife, Marion, in April of 2007, as well as his siblings, Salvatore, Lillian and Charles. He is survived by his daughters, Jo Ann Grana (Ron) and Christine Villamor (Chico); his grandchildren, Joseph Grana (Yvette), Jared Pollock (Amy), Nicole Chiong (Alex), Ronald Grana (Jennifer), Justis Villamor (Fallon), and Kristina Emokpae (Michael); and his great-grandchildren, John , Brady, Evan, Thomas, Sebastian, Justin, Abby, Zachary, August, Marshall, Samson, Levi, Wilder and Lucy. He is also survived by his sister, Mary DeSena (Mario) and many nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, October 23, 2019, at Our Lady of the Lake R.C. Church, 294 South Sparta Avenue, Sparta, followed by entombment in St. Joseph Cemetery Mausoleum in Newton. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, October 22, 2019, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6:30 to 9 p.m. and also on Wednesday, October 23, 2019, from 8:30 to
9:30 a.m. at the Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, 63 High Street, Newton.

Memorial donations may be made to Wounded Warriors, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. Online condolences may be offered at

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Smith-McCracken Funeral Home
63 High Street
Newton, NJ 07860
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Smith-McCracken Funeral Home
63 High Street
Newton, NJ 07860
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Mass of Christian Burial
Our Lady of the Lake R.C. Church
294 Sparta Avenue
Sparta, NJ 07871
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
10:00 AM
St. Joseph Cemetery Mausoleum
Woodside Avenue
Newton, NJ 07860
Wednesday, October 23, 2019

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