Ernest J. Messina

Funeral Information

Home: Wayne, NJ
Date of Death: August 18, 2008
Place of Birth: Sicily, ITALY
Birthdate: January 12, 1920
Age: 88
Funeral Service: Thursday, August 21, 2008 10:00 AM St. Anthony's R.C. Church, Paterson, NJ
Visitation: Wednesday, August 20, 2008 2-4 and 7-9 PM at Festa Memorial Funeral Home, Totowa, NJ
Interment: Calvary Cemetery, Paterson, NJ


Messina, Ernest J., Sr. age 88 of Wayne formerly of Paterson at rest in Wayne on August 18, 2008. Beloved husband of the late Lillian (nee DiRosa) Messina. Loving Father of Ernest J. Messina, Jr. of Wayne. Brother of Albert Messina of South Jersey. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Born in Sicily, he came to the United States in 1928 residing most of his life in Paterson before moving to Wayne. He was a Machine Operator for National Rubber, Clifton and also for Royal and Sons, Paterson for many years before retiring. He was a parishioner of St. Anthony's R.C. Church, Paterson and a member of its Mens Club. He was a member of the American Legion Post #227, Totowa and the Wayne Elks Lodge, Wayne. He was also a WWII Army Veteran. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral from the Festa Memorial Funeral Home, 111 Union Blvd, Totowa on Thursday at 9:30 AM. Funeral Mass to follow at St. Anthony's R.C. Church, Paterson at 10:00 AM. Interment at Calvary Cemetery, Paterson. Friends may call Wednesday 2-4 and 7-9 PM. For more information, go to


tom kivlon 2008-06-27 17:47:00
We love you and i miss you very much. I was glad you came back to jersey to live with us. Thank you for all you have done with the grandchildren. The time you spent with us meant alot. RIP Love ya Tom & Marta
tom kivlon 2008-06-27 18:02:00
Adelle, i love you very much i want to thank you for what you have done with marta and kids. Christine & stephaine will never forget you. i am so happy that you came back and live with us and the girls were happy to. you did so much for them and Stephanie loved read books to you and christine was so happy when she got her car that you helped her out with. i am going to miss you very much. i love you. From Tom ur son in law
Susie Rios 2008-06-27 22:05:00
Mrs. Zamarelli, Thank you for always making me feel welcome in your home and for always caring and loving me. It's extremely difficult to express my loss, I love you very much and I am honored to have shared part of my life with you. You have left me a beautiful gift Anthony, Thank you. As much as I will miss you, I know you are home in a wonderful place surrounded by joy and happiness. Welcome Home! -Susan(Sue)Frances Rios
Margie Di Benedettis 2008-06-28 00:11:00
Marta, Angela, Anthony and families, What a beautiful picture! I'll always remember that smile. She was a sweet person and a great Aunt. We'll always have wonderful memories of her. Although I can't be with you, you'll all be in my thoughts and prayers. Love Margie
Angela Adamchak 2008-06-28 00:22:00
Mom, I am so happy for all the time that we have spent together since you moved back to Wayne. I will always remember the breakfasts together at the Wayne Hills Diner and Kmart!! You are one special lady. You were a great Mom who always worried about her kids and did all that you could to keep them happy. We will be ok, we have each other. I feel with you and Dad's passing that a small piece of my heart will always be missing, but I will remember all the laughter, some of the tears and the life's lessons that were taught to me. I am lucky to have been your "little one". I will miss you and think of you each day with love. Your daughter, Angela
Jerri 2008-06-28 07:44:00
Auntie Dell.... You are my Aunt, but you were like my mother. Especially when we were kids. You and Uncle Anthony took care of me, Jeannie and Jodi so much and I want to thank you for all you did. You made us feel comfortable in your home, when my mom was too sick to take care of us. That meant alot to all of us. I will miss you and think of you fondly for the rest of my days. I love you... Always your niece, Jerri
Eugene Muckridge & Lori Mutter 2008-06-29 17:01:00
To the Kivlon/Zamarelli Family. In this time of sorrow and grief we must remember that God has called Adelle to his side. She is in a better place and will rest in peace with God and Tony. Our deepest sympothies and condolinces are with you and yours at this time and always. May God watch over you at this time and always. Love Gene & Lori
sophie finnegan 2008-06-29 19:33:00
To the family of Adelle, Sorry to hear of your Mothers passing. I worked with Adelle in NJ. She was a lovely person. Al and I visited them in Cal. Sophie, wife of Alfonzo DiBenedettis
Angel & Al Mendillo 2008-08-21 09:23:00
I used to live in the "Sandy Hill" section of Paterson & knew Ernie. He was always with the older fellows in our neighborhood & belonged to the "St. Anthony C.C." He was always very easy going & a good friend. Our prayers are with him & I'm sure he's on his way to the right place. We both belonged to the "Wayne Elks Lodge # 2181".