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January 23, 2020

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Obituary for Stephen Mario Grasso

Stephen Mario Grasso passed peacefully at home surrounded by love on January 23, 2020. Stephen was 75 years old and born in Long Branch to Salvatore (Sammy) Grasso and Lena (nee Siciliano) Grasso on 24 June 1944.

He was a graduate of Red Bank Catholic and a proud Vietnam Air Force Veteran. After being discharged, Stephen attended Monmouth University and taught at Holy Trinity School. During this time, he met the love of his life, Irene (nee Coletta) Grasso his wife of 51 years. Soon after meeting Irene, he accepted a position as an Air Traffic Controller where he worked for many years and was a proud member of the PATCO union. Together, Stephen and Irene raised two children, Taralee and Johnny. After leaving Air Traffic Control, Stephen worked in real estate and retail management which offered him the unique opportunity to be present in his children’s and extended families’ lives.

Stephen had a passion for teaching, learning, cooking, the NY Yankees and NY Giants. He was quick with his hands, a smile, a hug and his wit. Stephen chose for every day to be a good day as evidenced by how Stephen would sign off from his pilots, “Have a Good Day, Your Way.”

Stephen was preceded in death by his parents, Sammy and Lena and beloved siblings John Grasso and Carol (nee Grasso) Deusch. He is survived by his wife Irene, his children, Taralee and Michael Muscillo and Johnny and Sabrina (nee Marciano) Grasso. Stephen leaves behind six cherished grandchildren, Devyn, Michael John, Piper, Stephen (Sammy), Johnny and Sawyer as well as countless nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A memorial gathering will be held on Monday, January 27 from 3 pm until the time of Military Honors at 7 pm at the Damiano Funeral Home, 191 Franklin Avenue in Long Branch. A Memorial Mass will be held on Tuesday, January 28 at 11:00 am at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church of Christ the King Parish in Long Branch. In lieu of flowers, the family invites you to make a donation to Alzheimer’s New Jersey, 425 Eagle Rock Avenue, Suite 203, Roseland, NJ 07068, the American Cancer Society, 2310 Route 34, Suite 1D, Manasquan, NJ 08736 or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN. 38105. Letters of condolence may be sent through the web at


When Monday, January 27th, 2020 3:00pm - 7:00pm
Damiano Funeral Home
191 Franklin Ave
Long Branch, NJ 07740
Additional Information Military Honors will conclude the memorial gathering at 7:00 pm.

Service Information

Tuesday, January 28th, 2020 11:00am
Reverend Fernando Lopez
Our Lady Star of the Sea RC Church
101 Chelsea Avenue
Long Branch, NJ 07740
Service Extra Info
Family and friends are asked to go directly to the church the morning of the Mass.
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