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Vincent P. LaStella, 83, of Clark, and Brigantine, New Jersey, passed away peacefully at his home on Friday, January 19th, 2018, after a brief illness. Born in the Bronx, NY, to James and Rose LaStella, he was a graduate of Manhattan College and earned a Master’s Degree in Biochemistry from Hunter College.
He began his illustrious career by working from his parent’s basement in the Bronx in 1966, eventually becoming an accomplished biochemist and co-founder of Immunostics, Inc., where he worked until his retirement in 2017. For his achievements in diagnostic testing products, he was granted numerous U.S. Patents, which have saved lives all over the world. He had many interests including painting, cooking, gardening, and classic cars.
His parents predecease him, as well as his sister Elaine, his nephew Michael, and multiple aunts and uncles. Vincent shared 55 years with his loving wife, Teresa Mazzaro LaStella, RN. He was a proud father to Vincent J. and his wife Mary, and his daughter, Claudia, and a loving Pepa to his grandchildren, Megan, Vincent A., Michael, Haven, and Francesca.
The family will receive friends and family at the wake on Wednesday, January 24th from 4 – 8 pm at the Higgins and Bonner Echo Lake Funeral Home, 582 Springfield Avenue, Westfield, NJ, 07090. On Thursday, January 25th, the funeral will begin at 10:00AM at the funeral home and proceed to Saint Agnes Church, 332 Madison Hill Road, Clark, NJ for a funeral mass at 11:00AM.. Interment will take place at Saint Catherine’s Cemetery, 1100 West Chicago Blvd., Seagirt, New Jersey, 08750.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the following in his name: St. Jude’s Research Hospital for Children, Court Appointed Special Advocate for Children, Elizabeth, NJ.