D'Elia Funeral Home

Route 70 & Vermont Avenue, Lakewood, NJ


John Jean Sanatore

March 21, 1937June 3, 2019

John Jean Sanatore, born March 21, 1937 in Wallington,NJ, passed away peacefully on Monday, June 3, 2019 at the age of 82. He is survived by his 4 children, Amy, Louis, Matthew and Christina. He has left behind his 6 amazing grandchildren, Zachary, Max, Cameron, Audrey, Matthew Jr and Hope.He often referred to them as the Lights of His Life and was grateful for all the time he got to spend with them. John was larger than life in both stature and personality, often referred to as The Gentle Giant. His life was spent dedicated to his family and friends, leaving us all with wonderful memories of his kindness, his intelligence and most of all his humor. Our lives have been forever touched by the man that was and his spirit will live on in our memories and in our hearts.


John Jean Sanatore

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Zachary Kencik

June 16, 2019

I know I’m a little late on this but I needed some time to process how this really happened but... pop-pop you meant and still mean so much to me and you willing forever be a huge part in my life and every single thing I do, every single hit I get in baseball, everything will be dedicated to you. Right when you passed the next morning, when you usually woke up, a huge flock of birds flew over my head. The next day, a butterfly landed on my hand. I know you’re still with me, and I can’t come to believe that this actually happened. Every time I watch a yankee or giant game I can’t help but to wish that I was watching it with you, listening to your voice and stories and paying attention to those more than the actual game. I hope now, even though I don’t believe in those kind of things, you’re in a better place with my grandma, your wife and the one we all know you always missed before you got sick. I hope you can look from wherever and watch my games and see me do what I’m trying to do for you. Most of the happiest memories I have are with you, and they’re things I will never, EVER forget for the rest of my life. Trust me, I will do successful in life for you pop-pop and I’ll let you know when I am taller then you and what college I went to, only you would understand. I can’t even write this and focus without tearing up thinking about you, because I love you so much pop pop and I miss you so much to the point where it gets to me wishing you were the only one on earth for me to be with. Thank you for doing so much for me and making me who I am today, because without you I surely wouldn’t be as smart or just who I am without you, you played a huge part in my life. I can’t even type anymore because this is getting me overwhelmed and emotional, one more I love you and I hope you give me more signs to let me know that you are still with me and that you read this. I love you pop-pop, forever.

George. Hicswa

June 7, 2019

Big John, my oldest friend & neighbor I'm sad to hear that you are gone. Your quick mind and great sense of humor was special.
I'll always remember "Elfball".
Sleep well, my friend.

gail & john bernardine

June 6, 2019

we have many memories of your mom and dad before marriage and thru the years... if you ever need to hear these memories that include all of you... just say the word....