NJ horseman Sal Villante, 58, dies
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Mr. Villante was a truly dedicated horsemen to the harness racing industry. He was a wonderful loving husband, father, and grandfather. If you knew Sal, you knew his love of a great meal, time with his family, a long night of poker playing accompanied by a good cigar and a glass of Glenlivet.
He is survived by his father, Vincenzo; wife of 33 years, Linda; daughters, Nicole, Kristin (Tiago) Lucas, Danielle, and Anna Marie; grandsons, Jaxson and baby boy Lucas due this March; brother, Thomas (Diane); sister, Rosalia (Jake) Huff; sisters- and brothers-in-law, Josephine Mede, Nicholas Mitaritonna (Susan Scialabba), Michele (Jeff) Lechmanick, Barbara (Tom) Avellino and Josephine Mitaritonna; and nieces and nephews, Ronnie Huff, Ryan Huff, John Villante, Gia Villante, Kristina Villante, Vincenza Villante, Justin Mitaritonna, Sara Mitaritonna, Michael Mitaritonna, Gina Mitaritonna, Natalie Mitaritonna, Nicholas Mitaritonna, Kyle Lechmanick, Ryan Lechmanick, Daniel Lechmanick and James Lechmanick. He was preceded in death by his mother, Rosemarie; brother, Peter; father in-law, Micheal Mitaritonna; and goddaughter, Sabrina Avellino.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Barlow Zimmer Funeral Home, 202 Stockton Street, Hightstown, NJ 08520. Visitation will take place Sunday (Jan. 6) from 3-7 p.m. The funeral mass will be Monday (Jan. 7) at Saint Anthony of Padua Church, 251 Franklin Street, Hightstown, NJ 08520 at 11:30 a.m. Burial at Saint Gabriel’s cemetery, 549 Route 520, Marlboro, NJ 07746.