LYNDHURST, N.J.– Jeff Grasso of Lyndhurst appeared to be in good spirits at his youngest son's baseball game earlier this week, which shocked many as word of his death Tuesday morning spread.
Grasso, 52, who died while at his home, is survived by his wife of 16 years, Joann, and their three children Jeffrey, 15; Jianna, 13; and Justin, 9.
"My heart goes out to the children," said friend Honya Derin Stitzer, who created a GoFundMe page to support the family.
Visiting hours were scheduled from 4-8 p.m. on Friday at Nazare Memorial Home on Ridge Road.
A funeral Mass was set for 9:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Michael's Church (624 Page Ave.) with interment to follow at Glendale Cemetery in Bloomfield.
Grasso worked as a contractor before being placed on permanent disability due to a back injury. He spent his time with Justin, who idolized his father, Stitzer said.
Joann, a 1991 Lyndhurst High School graduate, works full-time at the SIKA Corporation. She volunteers with the local Parent Teacher Association and works the concession stand when her children are playing sports.
"She is a huge asset to our community," Stitzer said. "Anyone that knows Joann knows that everything she does, she does with heart."
Jeffrey is a Lyndhurst High School freshman who plays football and baseball. Jianna, who is set to graduate eighth grade Tuesday, plays soccer.
"During this very difficult and sad time, I feel it would only be fair if our community, friends and family came together in an effort to help alleviate some of the financial strain Jeff's passing will have on Joann and her three young children," Stitzer said.
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