In memory of
Arthur Papetti Beloved father, grandfather, and businessman Arthur Papetti, egg industry icon, 87, of Warren, N.J., passed away on Thursday, May 2, 2019, surrounded by his loving family. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend the funeral from the Corsentino Home For Funerals, 620 Second Ave., corner of John St., Elizabeth, N.J., on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at 8 a.m., thence to St. Anthony's R.C. Church in Elizabeth, where at 10 a.m. a Funeral Mass will be offered. Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Monday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Interment will be at St. Gertrude Cemetery in Colonia, N.J. Arthur was born and raised in Elizabeth, N.J.; he was the son of Alfred and Santina (nee De Stefano) Papetti. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1950. Arthur then went on to attend the University of Maryland, where he pursued a degree in pre-med. Arthur worked in his family- owned business since the age of 11, on a small dairy farm in Elizabeth. The business started in 1908 when Arthur's grandparents, Anthony and Mary DeStefano, immigrated from Calabria, Italy. Arthur's parents evolved the family business into Papetti's Hygrade Poultry & Eggs, transitioning the family business from dairy to poultry. During his teen years Arthur and his brother Tony helped their parents deliver fresh, high quality chicken to their customers. Then in the 1960's Arthur saw a demand for shelled eggs and steered the family business into the egg business. Arthur pioneered the egg product industry with dedication and determination to become the number one egg processor in the world. Papetti's Hygrade Egg Products was the first to produce egg products in any form or formulation to suit retail and manufacturers' needs. One innovation inspired another and soon Papetti's became the industry standard for technological developments. Arthur served as the company president and worked alongside his brother Tony, two of Arthur's children Tina Marie and AJ, and nephews, Al and Stephen. In 1997, Michael Foods acquired Papetti's. Arthur continued to serve as a consultant for the company until he retired in 2015. Arthur was involved in a number of organizations. He served as a board member of the National Prepared Food Association and The United Egg Association. He was a member of the New Jersey Poultry Association, New Jersey Waterfowl and New Jersey Ducks Unlimited. He was a recipient of many awards: Urner Barry Man of The Year, Boystown of Italy Man of The Year, Golden Egg Award, Industry Leader Award, Family Award Ileitis and Colitis Foundation and The Dames of Mary Help honoree. Arthur was an avid waterfowl hunter; he also enjoyed collecting Western art and raising miniature donkeys. A devoted and caring father, grandfather, brother and uncle. Arthur is survived by his loving children, Tina Marie and her husband, Frank Noll; AJ and his wife, Mindy Papetti; Mary Barbara and her husband, Ryan Granito; eight treasured grandchildren; loving brother, Tony Papetti and sister-in-law, Lillian, and nephews, Al, and Stephen and his wife, Janice, and their children, and his caring right-hand man, Froilan "Hernan" Benitez. Arthur was predeceased by his beloved wife of 42 years, Barbara Papetti (nee Belfatto), and his parents, Alfred and Santina Papetti. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to The Arthur and Barbara Papetti Fund for Faculty Professional Development, The Delbarton School, 230 Mendham Road, Morristown, N.J. 07960.
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