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D'Andrea Bros. Funeral Home

99 Oak Street, Copiague, NY

OBITUARY

John J. Zaffuto

June 18, 1920January 19, 2020
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John Zaffuto, a longtime resident of Copiague, L.I., passed on Sunday, January 19th, just months before celebrating his 100th birthday.

John was born in Brooklyn to his late parents, George and Angelina, and here is where he was raised with his five siblings. Through family, John was introduced to his future bride, the former Jill Russo. When John returned from his service in the Army, the couple married on October 13th of 1946 and started their married life in Brooklyn, welcoming their first two of their three children. They moved to Copiague in 1956, buying their home and raising their family.

A proud Army veteran serving in World War II, John was part of the troops landing at Normandy, France. Wounded twice, he was the recipient of two Purple Hearts.

John was retired from his long career with Bell Systems, which ultimately became AT&T. He was a 61-year member of the Knights of Columbus, a 3rd Degree Knight; and a member of the American Legion. His son, George, in a few words, recalls his father as “the best” - A man who was well-liked by all who had the opportunity to meet him. John had no bad habits, held a positive attitude and always found the good in everything. John was a genuinely hard-worker, maintained strong family values and always stood by his family.

A true Yankees’ fan, John loved to play ball. He also loved to dance. He and his wife, Jill; who were married 71 years when she passed, enjoyed dancing so much that no matter where the music struck, they were both up on the dance floor.

John is predeceased by his beloved Jill; his parents, George and Angelina; and his siblings – Vinnie, Connie, Rose, Millie and Josephine. He leaves his children – George (and Bess); Joseph (and Valerie); and Roseann (and Fran) Przyjemski; his grandchildren – Genesis, Dr. Zach, Jonathan, Nathan, Linnea, Kristyn and Christine; and his great-grandchildren - Easton, Cameron, Brandon, Shane, Vivianna, Hope and Sienna.

Family and friends will gather at the funeral home on Thursday, January 23rd from 2:00 – 4:00 and 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be offered on Friday, January 24th at 9:45 a.m. at Our Lady of the Assumption R.C. Church of Copiague. Interment with Military Honors will follow at Calverton National Cemetery.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, January 23, 2020
  • Funeral Mass Friday, January 24, 2020
  • Interment with Military Honors Friday, January 24, 2020

Memories

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Bess zaffuto

January 22, 2020

You shined throughout your life and around those who loved you...you will forever shine above with Mom ..forever in our hearts....love you Dad Z

James Russo

January 22, 2020

Dear Rose Ann and Family. I can't express how I loved and cherished my Brother-In-Law Johnny. He was always so joyful to be with him as he was always was positive and cheerful on any given day. I am so grateful that my wife, Therea and i were fortunate enough to celebrate his 90th Birthday in June of 2010. I also had the privilege of spending two weeks with Him at His home in Copiague. I will always remember Him as a good husband, father and great person who I will always keep in my heart. I am so sorry for your loss Georgie, Joey, and Rose ann and I'm sure you will always have the great memories of your wonderful dad!!! May the Good Lord keep you safe and continue with the life he put before you! Love You, Uncle Jimmy!!

Debra Russo Miller

January 21, 2020

I feel so bad about the passing of Uncle John. He was such a kind, sweet man. My heart goes out to his children and grandchildren. May the happy memories you all share help to bring comfort and peace at this difficult time. I know he is in heaven dancing with Aunt Jill, and they are young and happy again.

Joan (Russo) Kelly

January 21, 2020

When the nieces and nephews were at Uncle John’s and Aunt Jill’s family barbecues, Uncle Johnny would throw his delicious cherry tomatoes in the pool and we would all go diving for tomatoes!

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