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Peter J Dente, Sr.

January 28, 2024

Peter Dente, Sr. Obituary

Mr. Peter J. Dente, Sr. entered the arms of the Lord, surrounded by His heavenly angels on Sunday, January 28, 2024.

We respectfully request that no one arrive at the funeral home prior to the posted visitation times, so as not to intrude on the family’s private time. 

Family and friends are invited to the visitation in the Kowalski Funeral Home, 515 Roselle Street, Linden on Saturday, February 3rd. from 11:00AM-1:00PM.  A prayer service and a celebration of Peter's life will begin at 12:45PM.  Following the visitation, the funeral mass will be offered at St. Theresa's of the Child Jesus Roman Catholic Church, Linden at 2:00PM.  The cremation in Rosehill Crematory, Linden will be private.

In lieu of flowers, please make donation to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or online at

Peter, the son of the late Marie Agresti Dente and the late Joseph Dente was born in St. Vincent’s Hospital in Manhattan, New York City, New York, and he has resided in Linden, New Jersey for the past fifty-five years.

Peter’s thirty-five plus years career in the trucking logistics field started at Circa Moving Company in New York City, where he was involved as a moving and storage foreman and dispatcher for twenty-five years.  Peter then continued his journey in the same field, working for Penske Truck Rental in Linden, New Jersey for ten years before taking his well-deserved retirement.

While in high school, Peter played basketball for four years at St. Michael’s High School in Jersey City, New Jersey where he played with a young man, known as Tommy Heinsohn, who later became a three-time Hall of Famer. Peter continued his basketball career into his college years playing in Iowa.  Peter’s basketball achievements culminated with him playing in two games in the NBA with the Philadelphia Warriors and he scored 8 points against the New York Knicks in the 1955-1956 season.  Peter’s interest in NFL football was fostered and influenced by his son and his grandsons who are spirited fans of the Dallas Cowboys.  Even with all of this, the most important part of Peter’s life was his family, and nothing gave him greater joy than spending time with them. 

Predeceased by his wife, Ann M Tyburczy Dente in August of 2021, Peter is survived by his daughter, Maria Bryla and her husband, Lloyd; his son, Peter J. Dente, Jr. and his wife, Michele; his four grandchildren, Alana Bryla, Matthew Rotella and his wife, Emily, Jake Dente and Frank Dente; his great grandchild, Ellie Rotella; his two brothers, Pat Dente and his wife, Rosemary and Joey Dente and his wife, Natalie and Peter’s numerous extended family members, neighbors and friends.

Peter’s family was the center of his life and Peter had an abundance of love for everyone in his circle.  As his shining light is now extinguished on earth, we know it is shining even brighter in the heavens.  Peter will be deeply missed, but he will never be forgotten.

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February 3, 2024

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Kowalski Funeral Home
515 Roselle Street
Linden, New Jersey 07036

Prayer Service & Celebration of Life
February 3, 2024

12:45 PM
Kowalski Funeral Home
515 Roselle Street
Linden, New Jersey 07036

Funeral Mass
February 3, 2024

2:00 PM
St. Theresa of the Child Jesus Roman Catholic Church, Linden
131 East Edgar Road
Linden, NJ 07036

Private Cremation

Rosehill Crematory
792 East Edgar Rd. (Route 1 & 9 Northbound Lane)
Linden, New Jersey 07036


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