Ernest M. DeLeo, 80, of Monroe, formerly of Parlin, died Sunday, Oct. 17, 2004, at his home. Born in West New York, N.J., he resided in Parlin before moving to Mornoe in 1985. He was a 1951 graduate of Citadel College in Charleston, S.C., with a degree in engineering. Before his retirement 21 years ago, he was employed as head engineer at U.S. Metals in Carteret, where he worked for many years. Mr. DeLeo was an Army veteran of World War II, serving with the 1288th Engineer Combat Battalion. He was a member of Sayreville Knights of Columbus Council 2061 and its 4th Degree Assembly. Mr. DeLeo was a communicant of Nativity of Our Lord R.C. Church in Monroe and a former communicant of Our Lady of Victories R.C. Church in Sayreville, where he served as eucharistic minister. He was predeceased by his wife, Margie J. Rhodes DeLeo, on Aug. 18, 2003, and his sister, Evelyn Trapp. Surviving are his children, Ernest Michael DeLeo Jr. of Keansburg, Denise Olivier and her husband, Ken, of Toms River, Peter DeLeo of Sea Bright, and Stephen DeLeo and his wife, Patricia, of South Amboy; his grandchildren, Neal and his wife, Josie, Lauren, Paul, Aubrey, Stephen, Jacqueline, Matthew and his wife, Jennifer, and Earl, and his great-grandchildren, Kasi, Rachel and Trey. Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. Wednesday at Carmen F. Spezzi Funeral Home, 15 Cherry Lane, Parlin, followed by a 10 a.m. Mass at Nativity of Our Lord R.C. Church in Monroe, with burial to follow at New Calvary Cemetery, Parlin. Calling hours at the funeral home will be 2 p.m.-4 p.m. and 7 p.m.-9 p.m. today. The following groups will hold services today at the funeral home: the Sayreville Knights of Columbus Council 2061 4th Degree will stand honor guard from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. and hold services at 8:45 p.m., and members of the Our Lady of Victories Council 2061 will hold services at 8:30 p.m.
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