ForeverMissed
On June 26, 2020, we lost our beloved Father, Grandfather, and Great Grandfather, Gennaro “Jerry” Carotenuto.
Jerry, as he was known to friends, family and co-workers (or “Pop” as he was known by to his grand children and great grandchildren) was the kind-hearted patriarch of our family. 
He came into this world on December 7, 1925, the eldest of six children
to Anthony and Mary Carotenuto, Italian immigrants who settled in Philadelphia, PA.

Jerry spent much of his youth hanging with friends in Philly, and in summers, working on
farms in South Jersey for family, picking crops and driving tractors.

In 1944, nineteen-year old Jerry was drafted into the U.S. Army. Upon finishing boot camp, Jerry quickly volunteered for the U.S. Army Air Force, where he served in the South Pacific in the latter stages of World War II. There he served as a Munitions Clerk on Okinawa, and survived a kamikaze attack on his base. He later served as part of the Occupied Security Force in Japan and Okinawa. (Jerry would later serve in the U.S. Navy Reserve from 1953-1957)

Jerry was Honorably Discharged from his Air Force service in late 1946, and returned to Philadelphia, where he was reunited with his childhood sweetheart, Irene Przelomiec. The couple married in 1947, and remained together until her passing in February, 2020.

Jerry and Irene had four children: Anita (Rhody), Donna (Kane), Tina (Seitz), and Theresa, who died at birth. The couple moved their young family from Philadelphia to a farm in Rome, NY, where Jerry worked at Griffiss Air Force Base as a truck driver and supply clerk, as well as working on the family farm during his “off hours.”

The Carotenutos relocated to Clayton in Southern New Jersey in 1955, where they stayed until building their home in Richwood in 1967, where they would live for the rest of their lives.

Upon moving back to New Jersey, Jerry took employment at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, where he had many duties, and eventually retired as the Foreman of the Supply Depot in 1982.

Jerry and Irene spent many of their early retirement years taking road trips across the
Eastern United States, including trips to Virginia, Florida, Tennessee and New York. 
But the focus of their lives was their nine grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren. Countless hours were spent at sporting events, school activities, amusement parks, etc. to support and entertain their grandchildren and great grandchildren. Unconditional love was never in short supply!

The Carotenutos were also very active and supportive in their church, Holy Name of Jesus, later the Catholic Community of the Holy Spirit in Mullica Hill, where they were members
for more than 50 years, until they were physically unable to attend.

Our Pop was as kind and generous as a man can be. He was respected by, and/or outright loved by everyone who knew him. He will be sorely missed.

Relatives and friends are invited to his Funeral Mass on Saturday, July 11, 2020 at the Catholic Community of the Holy Spirit, Parish Center, 17 Earlington Ave., Mullica Hill, NJ 08062. Mass will begin at 10 am with burial to follow in Holy Name of Jesus Cemetery. There will be no visitation prior to Mass.

Please respect the Covid-19 protocols if attending.

Fertig Funeral Home



Posted by Jeffrey Klein on July 23, 2020
Love you pop, Heaven is lucky to have you.. I will miss you.
Posted by Tricia Parisi on July 9, 2020
Pop, we miss you and your stories so much! Give Babci a kiss from all of us. Things aren't the same without both of you,but we are glad you are together. Love for always!
Posted by Tina Seitz on July 3, 2020
Daddy, you will be forever in my heart! You have always been there for me in whatever I chose to do. You made me what I am today, a loving parent to our girls and grandchildren. Daddy, you always had some words of wisdom to leave with everyone you spoke with. Having you as my father is an experience I wish everyone could have experienced. You weren't called Pop just by your family, you were POP to every individual that met you! I will forever remember all of our special times together, working on the cars, softball, and all of our walks around the fields near our house! You did not have to say anything yours eyes said everything that needed to be said. Growing up I did everything to make you proud of me, but you told me "You don't need to as I have always been!" Whatever you did I was always your shadow. You are now up there with mom, Theresa and the rest of your family. I can picture you there with Uncle Reds and Grandpop playing Boccie Ball or horseshoes! I will be up with you shortly so save me a place in the game! FOREVER IN MY HEART AND FOREVER LOVED-TINA MARIE!
Posted by Stephanie Benson on July 2, 2020
Love and miss you Pop.
Posted by Christine Russo on July 2, 2020
Uncle Jerry you were a very special godfather and i thank God you were mine! You will be missed! Tell everyone up there we love them. It is good to know you are all together again and you will always be in our hearts! Until we see you again..... Love you! Christine, Steven,  Nicholas and Joshua
Posted by Anita Rhody on July 2, 2020
Dad, you were the best father a girl could ever want or have. You were supportive in whatever I did. You never had to say "I love you" because you showed your love in all the things you did for me. I know mom and Theresa were at the Pearly Gates to welcome you home. I love you daddy. You will always be my knight in shining armor. Love, Anita

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Posted by Jeffrey Klein on July 23, 2020
Love you pop, Heaven is lucky to have you.. I will miss you.
Posted by Tricia Parisi on July 9, 2020
Pop, we miss you and your stories so much! Give Babci a kiss from all of us. Things aren't the same without both of you,but we are glad you are together. Love for always!
Posted by Tina Seitz on July 3, 2020
Daddy, you will be forever in my heart! You have always been there for me in whatever I chose to do. You made me what I am today, a loving parent to our girls and grandchildren. Daddy, you always had some words of wisdom to leave with everyone you spoke with. Having you as my father is an experience I wish everyone could have experienced. You weren't called Pop just by your family, you were POP to every individual that met you! I will forever remember all of our special times together, working on the cars, softball, and all of our walks around the fields near our house! You did not have to say anything yours eyes said everything that needed to be said. Growing up I did everything to make you proud of me, but you told me "You don't need to as I have always been!" Whatever you did I was always your shadow. You are now up there with mom, Theresa and the rest of your family. I can picture you there with Uncle Reds and Grandpop playing Boccie Ball or horseshoes! I will be up with you shortly so save me a place in the game! FOREVER IN MY HEART AND FOREVER LOVED-TINA MARIE!
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Shared by Deb Carotenuto on July 2, 2020
Uncle Gerry,  you will be deeply missed Please keep the rest of the family safe and comfortable Love Your hillbilly niece, As you always called me when we did see each otherLove &kisses Deborah Carotenut