Michael J. Mugavero, Sr.
Michael J. Mugavero, Sr.

October 28, 1930 - January 13, 2019
Born in Newark, NJ
Resided in Linden, NJ
Walter J. Johnson Funeral Home


Michael J. Mugavero, Sr., 88, of Linden, entered into eternal rest on Sunday, January 13, 2019 surrounded by his loving family.

Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend the Visitation at the Walter Johnson Funeral Home, 803 Raritan Rd., Clark, on Thursday, January 17 from 2 - 4 and 7 - 9 pm. The Funeral will begin on Friday at the Funeral Home at 8:45 am, thence to St. Agnes RC Church, Clark, where a Funeral Mass will be offered at 9:45 am. Entombment will follow in St. Gertrude Cemetery, Colonia.

Michael was born in Newark to Ben and Geraldine (Cerrato) Mugavero. He was a resident of Linden for 65 years. He was a member of the Sons of Italy.

Michael began his career at Bristol-Myers in Hillside as a Machinist and retired as a Facility Manager in 1992 after 38 years of service.

Michael was predeceased by his siblings Phillip Mugavero and Caroline Diaz, his son, Michael Mugavero, Jr., his great grandson, Mason Barooshian and his former wife, Joan (Campbell) Mugavero. He is survived by his devoted children, Richard Mugavero and his wife Peggy Mirabelli, Lawrence Mugavero and his wife Nancy, Joseph Mugavero and daughter-in-law, Patricia Mugavero; his cherished grandchildren and great grandchildren, Michael Mugavero III and his wife Cheryl and their children, Angelina and Michael IV, Michelle Cabala and her husband Robert and their children, Ryan and Mia, Christopher Mugavero, Sarah Ambrose Sassanella and her husband Josh, Rebecca Barooshian and her husband Jeff and their son, Kane, Maria Mugavero, Daniel Mugavero, David Mugavero and Adam Mugavero; his siblings Josephine Peake, Ben Mugavero, Joey Mugavero and Ann Marie Mugavero; and his beloved long-time partner Marybeth Klimas.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in his memory to the Center for Hope Hospice, 1900 Raritan Road, Scotch Plains, NJ 07076.

In the words of his grandson Christopher: On this day Heaven received a remarkable man and a truly inspirational human being. Grandpa was where our sense of humor originated. The man had a joke for every occasion. I found myself enthralled by his stories and jokes during my childhood at special occasions/family gatherings. “Hey sonny, have you heard the one about the wooden horse?” Most of those in our family would be quite familiar with that one.

The feeling of loss never changes. I feel the presence of an empty void where he once was. Silence where his voice used to travel. One can only know him now by the memories we all had. Grandpa had one thing in life that he cherished more than anything in this world and that was “La Familia”. At the end of the day, family is always there. He enjoyed the company of his family and closest friends always, even until the very end. This has been a most testing time for our family. Three years in succession some of us have lost a father, a grandmother, and now a grandfather. On the other hand, some of us have experienced the loss of a brother, a mother and now a father. Through loss we have found a common thread that causes our bond to tighten more than ever. He loved his family very much and we all loved him more than he knew.

It is quite relieving knowing that he is up there with everyone: Dad, Nanny, Lamour, and all of those that have left this world and are in a much better place.

We have nothing but fond memories of Grandpa and he is truly in a better place, no more suffering, no more pain. He is at peace. Rest in eternal peace.




Walter J. Johnson Funeral Home
803 Raritan Road
Clark, NJ US 07066
Thursday, January 17, 2019
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Thursday, January 17, 2019
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Funeral Mass
St. Agnes RC Church
332 Madison Hill Road
Clark, NJ US 07066
Friday, January 18, 2019
9:45 AM
St. Gertrude Cemetery
53 Inman Avenue
Colonia, NJ US 07067
Friday, January 18, 2019
11:15 AM


Center for Hope Hospice
1900 Raritan Road
Scotch Plains, NJ 07076


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