The Obit For Carl Lombardi

Carl Lombardi "Nookie"

Published in Star-Ledger on 7/4/2009

Carl "Nookie" Lombardi, 82, of Montclair died July 1, 2009, at Mountainside Hospital, Glen Ridge. A Funeral Mass is on Monday at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Montclair, at 10 a.m.

Interment is at Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Upper Montclair.

Visiting is at Caggiano Memorial, 62 Grove St., Montclair, on Saturday (today) from 2 to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Born in Montclair, and a lifelong resident, Carl was a mason, working for the Bricklayers & Allied Craftsmen's Union Local 4 in Fairfield.

Carl was considered one of the greatest athletes to come out of Montclair High School. He was named All-State in both baseball and football. Carl threw the javelin, and was a Golden Gloves champion fighter.

He was drafted out of high school to serve in the Navy during World War II. When he returned he was signed by the New York Yankees, playing with Mickey Mantle in the Yankee minors.

Even with his many athletic achievements, Carl will be most remembered for his loving devotion to his wife, children, and grandchildren. He will be deeply missed.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Anna (nee Pirrello); one son, Carl Lombardi and his wife, Kathleen; two daughters, Gail Lombardi Link and her husband, Donald Link, and Roseann Portuese and her husband, Phillip; four grandchildren, Jacob, Cayla, Phillip Jr., and Andrew, and two brothers, Anthony and Joseph Lombardi.

Carl was predeceased by four brothers, Vincent, Louis, Bill, and Ernie, and two sisters, Anita Sgroi, and Ada Petrillo.

For those who wish, donations to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, Tenn. 38105-1942, or Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 94 Pine St., Montclair, would be appreciated.