CARLSTADT, N.J. – Camillo Salerno, a resident of Carlstadt and formerly of Wood-Ridge, died Friday, April 22. He was 79.
He was born Sept.2, 1936, in Calabria, Italy, to Gennaro and Conceta. He came to the United States in 1957, and lived in Brooklyn, before moving to New Jersey, in 1962.
Before his retirement, he was a machinist for Rutherford Machinery and later owned and operated several pizzerias and restaurants throughout northern New Jersey. Upon retirement, he became an author, writing a book, “My Mother is My Hero,” from which he donated all of the proceeds to cancer research. He was a self-educated man, who had a passion for learning. He exemplified the true meaning of the “American Dream” and remained proud of his Italian heritage.
He is survived by his wife, Almera; children, Gerald R. Salerno and his wife Diane, Jackie Bischoff and her late husband John and Tommy Salerno and his wife Gina; grandchildren, Nicole, Catherine, Christopher, Kelly, Michael, Caroline and Julia; siblings, Felice and his wife Doretta, Peppino and his wife Rosetta and the late Mena Biviano and her husband Joe and the late Rita and Maria; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
There will be a funeral at 8:45 a.m. Monday at the Costa Memorial Home, Boulevard and Central Avenue, Hasbrouck Heights. There will be a funeral liturgy at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph’s R.C. Church, East Rutherford. Cremation to follow at Cedar Lawn Crematory.
Visitation will be from 2-6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.