John C. Citrolo, 84, of Plainsboro, passed away on Sunday, March 24, 2019, at Penn Medicine at Princeton Hospital in Plainsboro.
John was born in Brooklyn, New York at a time when the streets were not paved. Upon leaving Brooklyn, he resided in the South Jersey area for many years before settling in Plainsboro. John was a Graduate of Brooklyn Poly Technic and University of Rochester, where he received his Master’s Degree. John proudly served his country in the US Navy as the engineering officer aboard the Destroyer John Soley. He retired from Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory after 34 years of employment.
During his life he was an avid horseman, hunter and sailor. John and his wife, Sallie, belonged to the Philadelphia Sailing Club. Later in life, they became ballroom dancers.
John had a dry sense of humor, was non-judgmental, honest and was a loving husband, father and grandfather.
Predeceased by his parents, Benidetto and Elvira Citrolo; his sister, Margaret Malloy; his nephew, Michael Malloy; and his son, John (Jay) Citrolo. John is survived by his loving wife of 24 years, Sallie M. Citrolo; his daughter, Mary (Betsy) Citrolo; his nephews, Stephen and Frank Malloy; his step-daughters and their spouses, Jennifer and Robert Hudson and Wendy and Robert Harbachuk; his grandchildren, Gabrielle and her husband, Akeem, Edward, Victoria and Alex; and his great-grandchildren, Chloe and Jordan.
Funeral services will begin on Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. at the Saul Colonial Home, 3795 Nottingham Way, Hamilton Square, NJ. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Sorrows-St. Anthony Parish, Our Lady of Sorrows RC Church, 3816 East State Street Extension, Hamilton, NJ.
Interment will follow at Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery in North Hanover, NJ.
Visitation for family and friends will be held on Monday, April 1, 2019, from 3:30 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the Saul Colonial Home.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in John’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital by visiting In Memory Of at inmemof.org.