Joseph Licitra, 95


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Mr. Joseph Licitra, 95, died peacefully on September 19, 2021 at his son’s home in Verona.

Visiting will be held in Prout Funeral Home, 370 Bloomfield Ave., Verona on Wednesday, September 22 from 4 to 7 p.m. A funeral mass will be offered at Our Lady of the Lake Church, Lakeside Ave., Verona on Thursday, September 23 at 10:30 a.m.

Born in New York City, Mr. Licitra moved with his family to Italy during the Depression, at the age of six, and grew up in Sicily before moving back to New York City after World War II. He and his wife, Vincenza, lived in Bergen County before moving to Verona in 2003.

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While in Sicily, he attended university to study Latin and become a teacher. When he returned to the U.S., he worked as a clothing presser for a manufacturing company in New York City. Eventually he saved enough to open his own sandwich shop, Sal’s Hero Shop, on Jerome Avenue in the Bronx, near Yankee Stadium. Here he was well known and frequented by notables and the neighborhood alike, and retired in 1981 after 30 years.

Mr. Licitra was predeceased by his beloved wife Vincenza (nee Piccitto) Licitra.

He is survived by his loving children, Salvatore Licitra (Laurette), Emanuele Licitra (Sharon) and Joseph Licitra, Jr. (Janet Russo); his siblings, Mary Marchello and Emanuele Licitra; cherished grandchildren, Jamie Sees (John) and Allison Licitra; Nicholas and Giulia Licitra; Philip, Joseph and Carissa Licitra; and great-grandchildren, Olive Ann, Luca Joseph and Daniel.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Verona Rescue Squad, 12 Church Street, Verona, NJ 07044 would be greatly appreciated.

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