Orazio Castellana


5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Monday, March 22, 2021
MJ Murphy Funeral Home
616 Ridge Road
Monmouth Junction, New Jersey, United States


10:00 am
Tuesday, March 23, 2021
St Augustine of Canterbury Church
45 Henderson Road
Kendall Park, New Jersey, United States


12:30 pm
Tuesday, March 23, 2021
Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery
14 Chesterfield-Arneytown Road
Wrightstown, New Jersey, United States

Obituary of Orazio Castellana

Orazio Castellana, Jr, 45, of North Brunswick entered into eternal rest on Thursday, March 18, 2021 at home surrounded by his loving family and friends. Born in Newport News, VA he resided most of his life in Staten Island before moving to North Brunswick. Shortly after the bombing of the World Trade Center buildings, Orazio enlisted in the United States Army and found himself deployed to Irag in Operation Iraqi Freedom, assigned to the 874th Movement Control Team. This unit was responsible for restoring oil to all of Iraq, and restoring the oil for food program to the Iraqi people. During his time in combat, he executed selfless leadership to the Soldiers in his unit, always putting his life on the line before many of his fellow Soldiers. Among many awards Orazio received, the Meritorious Service Award is the most distinguished award, Orazio earned during his combat.


At home Orazio continued his selfless commitment to relationships with his family, children, friends and to the school community his children attended, St. Augustine School of Canterbury.

Orazio never said no to a family member or friends in need, and always put his Wife, Elizabeth and Children Kayla and Gabby first. He will be loved and missed infinitely. Orazio filled gaps of love and friendship when these gaps needed to be filled. This was always a priority in Orazio’s life, finding ways to make someone’s life better.  


Orazio is survived by his wife Elizabeth (Banson) Castellana, 2 daughters Gabriella and Kayla Castellana, his Parents Orazio Castellana, Sr., Ana (Lopez) Castellana, a sister and brother in law AnaMaria and Nestor Vera, 3 nieces  Aaliyah, Mariah, Sonya, GrandMother Ana Judith Lopez, GrandMother Salvatrice Castellana. Raz was loved by many aunts and uncles as well as many friends that loved him very much.


A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:00 am on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at St. Augustine of Canterbury Church 45 Henderson road, Kendall Park. 


Burial will follow in the Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery.


Friends may call on Monday Evening from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at the M.J. Murphy Funeral Home 616 Ridge Road at New Road, Monmouth Junction.


In lieu of flowers the family respectfully requests that memorial contributions be made to the Castellana Girls for their education, C/O Elizabeth Castellana.

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