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Inez A.

January 30, 2019

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Obituary for Inez A. Fasano

Inez Fasano, died peacefully on January 30th at the Monmouth Crossing Assisted Living Facility in Freehold, New Jersey. Inez was a long time resident of Long Branch. In fact, her older brothers had established the once iconic "Fasano Hardware" on Broadway, Long Branch in 1918, the year before Inez was born.

In her youth in the 1920's and early 1930's Inez would marvel as her industrious older brothers, Maurice and Armand, worked to complete the electrification of homes in Long Branch. On summer afternoons she would run up to her father's cart filled with fresh fruits and vegetables which came from the family's garden plot in Oceanport. And on summer weekends she would watch her dad make homemade wines from old Italian recipes in the winepress they kept in the basement.

In that largely Italian neighborhood in Long Branch, Inez grew into an adult. Inez studied and became a nurse while simultaneously working to keep the books for her brothers' growing business.

But when World War II broke out, Inez went to work full time at the Army Hospital at Fort Monmouth, caring for wounded soldiers. Inez, who was especially kind hearted by nature, often found herself shaken by the horrible injuries sustained by soldiers in the war. The knowledge of the horrors of war was doubly compounded when - just as the war winding down - Inez was told that her dearly beloved little brother, Ray, had been killed during a naval battle in the Pacific. For Inez, the loss of her little brother ended up being a wound that would never truly heal. Even decades after the war, one had to avoid the topic of her brother's death, lest she break down in tears.

After the war Inez went to work at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch. Talented and competent, Inez was often called upon to train young nurses and to give seminars on nursing care. But Inez was not just competent as a nurse, she was also beautiful and good hearted with a gentle charm. She could have married and had a family, but when her mother became disabled, Inez and her sister, Helen, took care of their mom - foregoing their own ambitions for family.

After her mother's demise, Inez and Helen travelled extensively to Europe and, when back at home, Inez sometimes adopted the role of "visiting nurse" for some of her aging brothers. After the deaths of her brothers and sister, Inez lived alone in Long Branch but kept in contact with various nieces and nephews of her family of origin.

Inez was predeceased by her parents Carmen and Vincenza, by her brothers Frank, Maurice, Armand, Ernest and Ray and by her sister Helen. She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews, who are spread out literally from Maine to California, all of whom remember her smile, her gentleness and all of whom loved her.

Visitation will be held on Monday, February 4 from 6-8 pm at the Damiano Funeral Home, 191 Franklin Ave in Long Branch. Funeral Tuesday, 9 am at the funeral home followed by a 10 am Mass at Star of the Sea Church. Interment will be at Mt. Carmel Cemetery in West Long Branch.The family invites you to leave a letter of condolence, light a memorial candle or make a memorial donation by selecting the appropriate tab.


When Monday, February 4th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Damiano Funeral Home
191 Franklin Ave
Long Branch, NJ 07740

Service Information

Tuesday, February 5th, 2019 10:00am
Our Lady Star of the Sea RC Church
101 Chelsea Avenue
Long Branch, NJ 07740
Service Extra Info
Family and friends may gather at the funeral home at 9am.

Interment Information

Mt Carmel Cemetery
115 Wall Street
West Long Branch, NJ 07764