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Avanente Tamagnini

Avanente Tamagnini

Monday, October 6th, 1947 - Sunday, July 11th, 2021
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Obituary

Dr. Avanente (Van) Tamagnini was born October 6, 1947, in Concesio, Italy to Caterina and Mario Tamagnini, the youngest of five children.
Van moved to the United States in 1971 to pursue his education and childhood dream of visiting America. He first landed in chilly Buffalo where he received a B.A. from Canisius College. He later went on to receive his M.A. from Catholic University in Washington, D.C., before settling down in Northern New Jersey, where he earned his Ph.D. in Psychology from Seaton Hall University; simultaneously pursuing a career in education and mental health which has endured for over 45 years.
Avanente cared deeply about early education and children with special needs. He worked as a school psychologist in the Sussex-Wantage School District for eight years and subsequently became the Director of Special Services for the Stillwater School District from 1988 until retirement in 2012. Van also practiced privately as a clinical psychologist from 1983 until his passing. He was devoted to his patients and always made himself available during their times of need. He was always grateful for the support of his dedicated secretary and friend of 32 years, Janet Beach, and long-time partner and friend, Dr. Charlie Hinz.
Van met his wife Theresa, of 41 years, in 1977, while working in school together and married in 1979. They have two sons, Greg and Todd Tamagnini and two grandchildren (from Todd and his wife Bianca), Elisa and Juliana.
Avanente is also survived by his loving sisters, Anna and her husband Pietro, and Floria and her husband Albino, and his dear brother Rinaldo and wife Gabriella, visiting them almost yearly and loved dearly. He will also dearly miss his six nieces Roberta, Mariella, Caterina, Elena, Cora and Chiara.
He held a special place in his heart for his devoted doctor and friend Dr. Pasquale Yaccarino who he enjoyed cycling with and all things Italian.
Van was a member of the Vernon Rotary for 33 years serving as President three times and Treasurer for many years where he forged many lifelong friendships and bonds.
Avanente enjoyed many outdoor activities with his family. He loved to bike, ski, hunt, hike, and kayak and enjoyed spending 40 years vacationing at his home in Vermont. Van also enjoyed the beach and biking at the Jersey shore where he loved to listen to the music of the many shore bands as well as long walks on the beach and searching for sea glass with his wife.
Avanente will always have Italian blood but loved America and every opportunity it afforded him. He was grateful to be welcomed here, for what he was able to accomplish and truly believed he had lived the American Dream.
Most of all, he was a wonderful son and brother, loving husband and father, and caring and compassionate friend.
Visitation for Avanente will be on Thursday, July 15th, 2021 from 4-8PM at the Ferguson-Vernon Funeral Home, 241 Route 94 (One Vanderhoof Court for GPS), Vernon, NJ 07462. A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, July 16th, 11AM at the Saint Francis de Sales RC Church in Vernon. Family and friends may gather at the funeral home beforehand at 9:30 AM on Friday. Burial in the Laurel Grove Cemetery in Totowa will follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Rotary Club of Vernon. Online condolences may be offered at www.fergusonfuneralhomesnj.com
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, July 15th, 2021 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Thursday, July 15th, 2021 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Ferguson - Vernon Funeral Home
    Address
    241 Route 94
    VERNON, NJ 07462
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  • Second Visitation

    Friday, July 16th, 2021 | 9:30am - 10:30am
    When
    Friday, July 16th, 2021 9:30am - 10:30am
    Location
    Ferguson - Vernon Funeral Home
    Address
    241 Route 94
    VERNON, NJ 07462
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  • Service

    Friday, July 16th, 2021 | 11:00am
    When
    Friday, July 16th, 2021 11:00am
    Location
    St. Francis de Sales RC Church
    Address
    614 Rt . 517
    VERNON, NJ 07462
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Beth Kavanagh

Posted at 05:27pm
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Juan Gonzalez

Posted at 11:52am
My deepest condolences to the Tamagnini family. Dear Avenante, I will miss our talks, our laughs, and your wisdom. You really cared deeply for me and I for you. It's been an honor.

"What is Grief, If Not Love Persevering "

Kevin Camiscioli

Posted at 10:36am
We are so sorry about the loss of Van. It was always great to be together. I really enjoyed our talks. Van was also always so giving and thoughtful. He was always quick to offer his ski house to others and was happy to share what was his. We will miss you Van. Sending our love and condolences to you, Theresa, Greg and Todd.

Roberta Baldussi

Posted at 01:56pm
the sister Anna with Piero, the nieces Roberta with Ezio and Gianluca, Mariella with Marco and Nefele are deeply saddened by the loss of dear Avanente, commendable brother and uncle. His memory will always remain alive in our hearts. We regret not being able to be present due to the pandemic, we are close to Teresa, Gregory and Todd with Bianca, Elisa and Juliana.
RC

Rich Corsetto

Posted at 08:14am
Van was a wonderful loving son, brother, father grandfather and a true partner to his wife Theresa. He will be truly missed by his friends and so many people who were touched by his goodness. We will miss his advice, his beautiful smile, his conversations and sitting with him in one of his favorite Italian restaurants enjoying his favorite cuisine. 🍷

Love Rich and Doreen Corsetto
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