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Louis J. Palena, Sr.

May 7, 1943 ~ February 11, 2021 (age 77)


Louis (Lou) J. Palena, Sr., (77) of Williamstown, NJ passed away on Thursday, February 11, 2021.  

Born in Philadelphia, PA in 1943, Lou met the love of his life, Georgia at the tender age of 16 and the couple raised their four wonderful children in Timber Lakes. Lou was a master in carpentry, wood working and construction. He could make and fix anything and everything. Just ask any one of his six grandchildren. Lou loved his family dearly and was everyone’s friend especially anyone named Joey or Louie!  Crafting together on weekdays, Lou and Georgia took their show on the road most weekends and had amazing experiences at craft fairs all over the tri-state area. Lou was a Member of the Knights of Columbus, former Monroe Township Councilman, Board Member of the Monroe Municipal Utilities Authority, past President of UCC of South Jersey and Tri-County Construction Code Association. He was a retired Building Official having served in Monroe Township, Washington Township and Carney’s Point. Most recently, Lou was employed as the current Construction Official of Commercial Township.

Beloved husband of Georgia (nee Pace) for 56 years. Devoted father of Georgia Murphy, Lisa (Daniel) Brooks, Louis (Louie) Palena and Michael (Wendy) Palena. Loving Poppy of Ryan, Nicole, Andrew, Alexa, Mia and Mason. Dear brother of Elaine (Anthony) DelVecchio, Anthony (Jenny) Palena. Dear brother-in-law of Joseph J. (Regina) Pace, Louis J. Pace, Suzan Pace. Loved by nieces and nephews.

Due to inclement weather the Funeral Services have been RESCHEDULED.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his viewing on Saturday, February 20th from 9:30 - 11:30 at the Bell-Hennessy Funeral Home, 420 S. Main Street, Williamstown. Funeral Mass will be held  12:00 PM at  Our Lady of Peace Parish / St. Mary's RC Church, 32 Carroll Ave. Williamstown. Entombment All Saints Cemetery, Newfield.

To view the Funeral Mass please visit the Our Lady of Peace Parish Facebook Page @


Go to that link and then please keep refreshing the page in your web-browser a few minutes before the live-stream that is suppose to go live at 10:00 AM. The video will appear when it’s live.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Lou’s memory may be made to the Woodbine Developmental Center,1175 DeHirsch Ave, Woodbine, NJ 08270. Attn: Social Services. Memo Line: In Memory of Louis J. Palena Sr.

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February 20, 2021

9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Bell-Hennessy Funeral Home, Inc.
420 South Main St.
Williamstown, NJ 08094

Funeral Mass
February 20, 2021

12:00 PM
Our Lady of Peace Parish / St. Mary's RC Church
32 Carroll Ave.
Williamstown, NJ 08094

February 20, 2021

1:45 PM
All Saints Cemetery
1300 Tuckahoe Rd.
Newfield, NJ 08344

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