Daniel Barbella

Daniel N Barbella

Sunday, January 9th, 1927 - Tuesday, June 30th, 2020
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Daniel N. Barbella, 93, passed away peacefully at home on June 30, 2020 surrounded by his three loving daughters. He was born in Newark, NJ to Donato and Theresa (DiPasquale) on January 9, 1927, the third youngest of twelve children. He had seven brothers and 4 sisters.
Growing up in Newark, Daniel attended Barringer High School before entering the Army in May of 1945. His tour of duty included the European, African and Middle Eastern Campaign of World War II. He proudly served his country and told many interesting stories of his time in the service with photos as proof; him driving a truck in Germany, standing next to the Pyramids in Egypt, on patrol in Casablanca and Iran.
After the war and his release from the army, Daniel began his apprenticeship as a tool and die maker. Not long after, Daniel was engaged to the love of his life, Antoinette (Faraone). The two were married in 1948 and remained devoted to each other until her death in 1980. They first lived in Newark, then Carteret, and finally settled in Kenilworth where they raised their three daughters, Denise, Donna, and Dawn. Daniel remained in Kenilworth for over 60 years until his death.
As a wonderful father and husband, Daniel continued to work and provide for his family as a proficient tool and die maker. Recognition of his expertise took him abroad to Scotland for a short while to work on machines for Playtex.
Upon retiring, Daniel enjoyed playing golf, wood crafting, especially toys, reading, browsing through flea markets, traveling and dining out. He was always an “avid” fan of classic and action films and TV programs about nature and animals as well as the show “How It’s Made”. He loved the the Barbella Club family gatherings and the many holiday celebrations spent together. Their family trip to Las Vegas was most memorable for him.
Loved by all who knew him, he is perhaps best known for making us laugh until we cried with his uncanny ability to tell joke, after joke, after joke, one funnier than the other. Mr. Wonderful could tell a joke like NO OTHER. We will miss him DEARLY, but we will remember the laughter and the very good times spent with this quiet, humble man who will remain in our hearts forever.
Daniel was predeceased by his loving wife, Antoinette (Faraone) and his grandson, Matthew Chmieleski as well as Daniel’s five brothers and four sisters. He is survived by his two brothers, Rocco and Victor, and his devoted children, Denise Chmieleski and her husband, Stephen, Donna Caravello and her husband, Louis, and Dawn Barbella. Also surviving are his cherished grandchildren, Michelle Margeotes and her husband, Paul, and Jeffrey Caravello. In addition, he will be deeply missed by his longtime companion, Nora Corrigan., as well as his many nieces and nephews.
There will be a private viewing for immediate family members. Relatives and friends are invited to a attend a mass of Christian burial for Daniel to be celebrated on Friday, July 3, 2020 at 10:30 am at St. Theresa’s Church in Kenilworth with interment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, East Orange. A Memorial Service and Luncheon to celebrate Daniel’s life is planned for the one year anniversary of his passing in 2021.
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    Friday, July 3rd, 2020 | 10:30am
    Friday, July 3rd, 2020 10:30am
    St. Theresa R. C. Church
    541 Washington Avenue
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  • Interment

    Holy Sepulchre
    125 Central Ave.
    EAST ORANGE, NJ 07018
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Phyllis, Dan, Danielle and Michael

Posted at 11:23am
"Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart..." Rest In Peace Uncle Dan.
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Tere Barbella

Posted at 12:31am
It was our good fortune to grow up just a short walk up the block from Uncle Dan, Aunt Anne and the girls. Our mothers would visit with each other several times a week; Donna and I were almost always in a rush to get to school on time as we hurried the four blocks to high school together; holidays were always special visiting with Uncle Dan (who always made us laugh with his jokes) and the family and the unbelievable spread cooked by Aunt Anne. These are just a few of the many memories that we will cherish as we grow into our elder years. These are gems that few families have. The Barbella's share a legacy of love that is that part of our DNA and because of this love, the loss always feels greater. We will miss Uncle Dan and how he brightened our life. We will carry his humor with us in our hearts. We are thinking of the family during this time of loss and sorrow but smiling knowing that there is one more angel in heaven to guide and care for us.
Sending love and comforting wishes-
Victor, Michael, Colleen, Nicholas, Teresa and Uncle Victor


Posted at 10:33pm
To the man who made everyone laugh, to a great great Uncle who I adored, you were one of a were always special to our family...we all will miss your warm smile and beautiful sense of humor, love your niece Wendy and Eddie

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