Peter Vano died after a brief illness at the age of 90 years, at Hamilton Continuing Care Center, Hamilton NJ. He was born on April 27, 1929, in North Plainfield, New Jersey, the son of Sebastian Vano and Anna Cecilia Pagliaro Vano.
Peter graduated from North Plainfield High School in 1947. He enlisted in the US Army in 1948 and served as Provost Marshall in the US occupation of Germany following World War II. During his military service, he married Jean Alice Whitehead. They went on to enjoy 64 years of marriage, living in Middlesex and then Warren, NJ, until Jean predeceased him in 2015.
For many years, Peter was a commercial photographer and the proprietor of Vano Studios in Middlesex. He loved to build and fly model airplanes and served as editor of the SAM Speaks newsletter for radio control enthusiasts. His great passion was woodworking, which he pursued most of his life - even after suffering hemiparalysis due to a stroke in the 1990s. He was recognized as NJ Woodworker of the Year in 2004.
For the past couple of years, Peter has been a resident at Hamilton Continuing Care Center in Hamilton, where Peter was known for his smile and impish sense of humor. He was almost always cheerful and had a non-judgmental, forgiving spirit.
Peter was predeceased by his wife Jean, and his brother and sisters. He is survived by his daughter Leslie Thayer and son-in-law Charles Thayer of Hamilton, and sons Stephen P. Vano of Manville, Ronald G. Vano of Kunkletown, PA, and Douglas P. Vano of Somerville. He is also survived by six grandchildren, Jennifer Ricketts, Laura Vano, Skylar Vano, Peter Vano, Nicholas Vano, and Elton Rosalino, and four great-grandchildren, Julian Ricketts, Emma Ricketts, Mackenna Rosalino and Michael Rosalino, as well as a number of nieces and nephews.
Arrangements were made by Costello-Runyon Funeral Home, Metuchen. Due to COVID-19, there will be no calling hours or graveside service.