Quinn-Hopping Funeral Home

145 East Mount Pleasant Ave, Livingston, NJ


Santo John Petronella

April 20, 1931July 18, 2020

Santo “Sam” John Petronella, 89, passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 18, 2020 in Livingston, NJ. Born in Newark, NJ, Sam resided in the Livingston for the past 54 years, where he was a State Farm Agent for 34 years, before his retirement in 2000. He enjoyed coaching his children’s Little League teams, watching the NY Yankees, playing golf, traveling and most of all, spending time with his beloved family at their shore house in Lavallette.

Sam was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Anna Petronella and his brothers Alex and George and his brother-in-law Phil Bigotto. He is survived by his beloved wife of 66 years, Elizabeth (Deubel). He is also survived by his loving children, Betty Ann Formato (Robert), Michael (Suzanne), Robert, and Sam, Jr., as well as his grandchildren, Madeline Gill (Joe), Frank (Melissa), Matthew Formato (Nicole), Nicole Donnelly (Kevin), Amanda Sobocinski (Robert), and Dan; his great-grandchildren Sadie, Andie, Casey, Madison, Axel, Robbie, Roman, and Rocco, his sister Evelyn Bigotto, his sister-in-law, Connie Petronella and his many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements are private and under the care of Quinn-Hopping Funeral Home, Livingston.


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Santo John Petronella

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Tony Alexader

July 23, 2020

Sam and i were friends from our childhood. We lived around the block from each other in Newark. It's odd but we met because our brothers George and Bob became good friends. He was my Insurance man from when he first entered the business. Now his son Michael is. We played baseball and softball together for many years. He is the godfather to my second son Richard. People said we understood each other without even communicating with words. He was born one day before me. We have kept in touch over the years.
I'll miss you Sam. May god bless you. Tony

Matthew Zepnick

July 20, 2020

Never had the honor of meeting Sam personally but have had the honor of knowing his son Michael and his family. over the years.

There is an old adage that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Sam’s legacy will be the example he set as a devoted husband, loving father, grandfather and great grandfather; his dedication, devotion and integrity to developing a reputable insurance business; and his personal relationships with folks from all walks of life.

Like I said, I never knew the man personally, but I have had the honor of being witness to his legacy.

RIP Santo. Your legacy is in good hands!

Matt Z

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