Joseph Caggiano, a longtime resident of Montclair and a teacher of Italian and Spanish at Rahway High School, died on Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2022. He was 68. 

Mr. Caggiano was born in Lacedonia, Italy, and immigrated to the U.S. in 1970 with his mother, Rosina Caggiano, sister, Anna Maria Caggiano, and brother, Filippo Caggiano, to join his father,  Michele.

He was a teacher of Italian and Spanish and retired from Rahway High School after 29 years. Mr. Caggiano was a proud family man, and his entire life was built on taking care of his family. 

In addition, he enjoyed gardening, was a fan of Serie A Club Napoli and was a home renovations enthusiast.

He was proud of continuing his tradition with his father of making wine with his son. 

Mr. Caggiano is survived by his wife, Maria (Piccirillo) Caggiano; children, Anthony Caggiano (Brianna) and Rosanna Napolitano (Carl); grandchildren, Carlo Napolitano and Valentina Caggiano; sister, AnnaMaria Petullo (Angelo), and brother, Phil Caggiano (Betty Ann). He was the doting “Zio Joe” to seven nieces and nephews. 

He will be dearly missed.

Visitation will be Thursday, Dec. 29, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Caggiano Memorial Home for Funerals, 62 Grove St., with services Friday, Dec. 30, at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Oratory, 94 Pine St. Interment will follow at Immaculate Conception Cemetery.