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Obituary for Jose L. Catarroja

Jose L. Catarroja, 87, of Livingston, passed away on January 14, 2022.

Funeral Services were held privately under the direction of Shook-Farmer Funeral Home, 45 Roseland Avenue, Roseland, NJ 07068,

Born and raised in the Philippines, he came to the United States in 1965 on a research grant through Columbia University. He lived in Jersey City, Manhattan, settled in West Orange for 30 years and most recently was a resident of Livingston. During his earlier years, he studied and later practiced dentistry in the Philippines. During his later years, he was a medical technologist at St. Barnabas Medical Center, Orange Memorial Hospital, and Clara Maass Medical Center. In his spare time, he enjoyed traveling and was a sports enthusiast. He was also a longtime parishioner of Our Lady of Lourdes Church in West Orange, NJ.

Pre-deceased by his parents, Rafael and Lorenza Catarroja and nine siblings.

Surviving is his beloved wife of 54 years, Presentacion “Pressy” Catarroja; devoted children, Joseph Catarroja and his wife Rhea and Jennifer Solimene and her husband Vito; loving grandsons, Nicholas, Matthew, Ryan, and Russell.