Jean M. Salerno Altavilla

November 17, 1914January 20, 2012

Jean M. Altavilla of Chestnut Ridge, NY. Died January 20, 2012 at age 97. Born November 17, 1914 in New York, New York to Frank and Josephine (Cannazarro) Salerno. Survived by her loving children JoAnn Franchino and Sal Altavilla. Predeceased by her beloved husband Benjamin J. Altavilla. Visitation Sunday 2-5pm at Wanamaker & Carlough Funeral Home 177 Route 59 in Suffern, NY 10901. Funeral Mass Monday 10am at Church of the Presentation in Upper Saddle River, NJ. Interment St. Raymond's Cemetery in Bronx, NY.


  • Visitation Sunday, January 22, 2012
  • Funeral Service Monday, January 23, 2012

Jean M. Salerno Altavilla

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January 22, 2012

My Grandparents were my Role Models. They dedicated their lives to their children, granchildren & great-grandchildren. My Grandmother was stong and dignified. At 97, her health was failing and when Grandpa died in October 2011 - she lost her will to live. These last 80 days were the longest they had spent apart in almost 80 years. My life will never be the same without them. They will live on in my heart and actions everyday.

Ellen Slansky

January 21, 2012

How lucky I was to have known Jean. With a ready smile, kindness and, of course, her famous eggplant parmigiana who wouldn't love her! With her wonderful husband Ben, they were a couple to emulate. I hope that Sal and I can have half of the happiness, and a quarter of the years they shared together. With much love, Ellen

Paul DiGennaro

January 21, 2012

I want to express my deepest condolences to you on the loss of your mom. May she rest in peace along with your father who is waiting for her in paradise. Your parents are such a unique and wonderful set of parents anyone could ever have. My mother also never forgot what a down to earth of a person she is and all the fond wonderful memories of good times on Mountain Lakes Camp in Wurtsboro.