MADISON, NJ – On display for a few days at the Borough Hall on Kings Road, is a house made of flowers, in memory of Joseph S. DeMarzo, who died on Oct. 12, 2011, at the age of 75.
“It’s basically a tribute to Mr. DeMarzo,” Shawn Siegel of Coviello Florists said. The house is constructed of Styrofoam, with white carnations pinned to the ‘walls.’ The roof of the house is covered with roses. They were then sprayed with a chemical. At the side of the house is a miniature blue pick-up truck, which Siegel said was a familiar DeMarzo trademark in the community. He said there was a request to have the house displayed in the Borough Hall, but that it would only last a few days, until the flowers fade.
Mr. DeMarzo was the founder of S. DeMarzo and Sons Builders, with his father Samuel and brother Dominick. He built custom homes in Madison, Chatham and the surrounding area.
He was born on Feb. 17, 1936 and attended St. Vincent Martyr School and Madison High School. He was in the US National Guard and was a Sergeant in Company A of the 13th Tank Battalion. On Nov. 1, 1958, he married Florence Passarella. The couple remained in Madison and had four children: Samuel, Joseph Jr., James and Michele.
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