Janet Iossa (nee Gallagher), a longtime resident of Florham Park, died peacefully after a long illness on Monday, June 29, 2020. She was 74.
Janet was born in Ipswich, England on March 26, 1946 to the late Joseph and Jean Gallagher. After Janet’s father’s death, her mother remarried later and took the name, Jean Frew. Janet was raised in a loving family of 7 children in Kearny, NJ before settling in Florham Park in the early 1960’s.
Janet met her beloved husband, Rocco Iossa at his first restaurant in Madison. The couple was married on June 25, 1962, just celebrating 58 wonderful years together. Janet and Rocco were a hard-working couple whose lives revolved around their family. Janet was very instrumental in Rocco’s success, and later, her two son’s success in building several successful and well-known restaurants in Madison. She and Rocco built countless strong friendships with their patrons and they were active supporters of charitable causes in the Madison community over the years. Janet was a familiar, friendly face at Rocco’s in Madison for many decades.
Janet was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and everything she did benefited her family. She was very proud of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who she loved dearly. Her warm, loving nature & kindness will be deeply missed by all that knew and loved her.
In addition to her parents, Janet was predeceased by her son, Salvatore Iossa in 1990; one sister, Kathleen Arsenault; and one brother, Michael Gallagher. She is survived by her beloved husband, Rocco Iossa of Madison; her four loving children, Joseph Iossa and his wife, Sharon of Florham Park, Rocco F. Iossa and his wife, Elizabeth of Bernardsville, Gino Iossa and his wife, Norma of Florham Park & Angela Iossa of Florham Park; two sisters, Maureen Allen of Toms River & Margaret Gallagher of Toms River; two brothers, Patrick Gallagher of Toms River & Joseph Gallagher of Brick; 11 cherished grandchildren, Janet Prizzi and her husband, Bobby, Salvatore Iossa and his wife, Leanne, Liam Iossa, Sydney Iossa, Rocco M. Iossa, Matthew Iossa, Thomas Iossa, Julia Peters, Samantha Peters, Christian Iossa & Gino Iossa, 4 cherished great-grandchildren & many dear friends.
Visitation for Janet is being held privately for her family. A Liturgy of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00am on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at St. Vincent Martyr Church, Madison. Due to current limitations, we encourage you to attend via live-stream by visiting www.svmnj.org and viewing the Mass on the main webpage of the church beginning at 11:00AM. Interment will be held at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Hanover.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Madison Memorial Home. For further information or notes of condolence to the family, please visit www.madisonmemorialhome.com