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Joseph Paul Celauro, 94, Of Maywood

MAYWOOD, N.J. -- Joseph Paul Celauro, a resident of Maywood, died Thursday, March 24. He was 94.

He was the son of the late Lina Campanella and Bernardo Celauro. He was a retired U.S. Air Force major, who served in World War II as a P-47 Thunderbolt fighter pilot. He was the president of the P-47 Thunderbolt Pilots Association and an active member of the Maywood American Legion. After his military service, he used his Stevens engineering degree to become a quality control inspector in the aviation industry.

He is survived by his children, Linda Celauro and Paul Celauro; his companion, Dorothea Koch (and her children Albert and Judith); and his grandchildren, Peter Celauro, Alyson Celauro, Wendy Salkin, Kerry Salkin and Natalie Celauro.

He was predeceased by his brother, Frank Celauro; and his sister, Ella Mastromonaco.

Visiting hours will be from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. Monday at the Trinka-Faustini Funeral Service in Maywood. The funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Trinka-Faustini Funeral Home, Maywood, followed by burial at Holy Cross Cemetery, 340 Ridge Road, North Arlington.

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