Adam Lattanzio, 98, WW II Veteran, Fire Company Chief

adam-latanzioAdam Joseph Latanzio, 98, passed away peacefully on Oct. 7th.

Born and raised in Franklin Township with his 12 siblings, Adam was a successful second-generation builder in Central Jersey. Adam was a World War II veteran, serving in the United States Marine Corps 1st Division (The Old Breed), with amphibian landings in Guadalcanal, Peleliu, New Britain and New Guinea. He was always proud of his service as a Marine.

Adam served as Chief of the Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Department during his 50-plus years as a lifetime member. He was involved with the Franklin Township Little League, Boy Scouts, and Franklin High School Booster Club. He enjoyed traveling in his camper, gardening, and taking bus trips to Atlantic City. He also enjoyed car racing, both as a fan and as a participant. Adam was a friend to all who met him. His greatest joys in life were his wife and family.

Predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Esther Stipple Latanzio, in 2011 and his 12 siblings, Adam is survived by his three sons, Alan (Denise) of Ringoes, Art (Mary) of North Brunswick, and Adam J. Latanzio, Jr (Heidi) of Flemington; his seven grandchildren, Melissa, Jessica, Artie, Jamie, Jordan, Alan and Austin, and his six great-grandchildren, Ava, Jake, Jaxon, Molly, Summer and Saylor, along with many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will take place on from 4 to 8 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Gleason Funeral Home, 1360 Hamilton St. A funeral ceremony will begin on at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 13 at the funeral home. The family will be recieveing guests at 10 a.m.

Please consider a contribution in Mr. Latanzio’s name to the Marine Corps Scholarship Fund or The Marine Corps Toys for Tots program.

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