STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Longtime
Staten Islander Salvatore Testa, 73, of
Oakwood, a retired Port Authority of New
York and New Jersey employee, died Wednesday
at his home.
Born in Manhattan, he settled in Oakwood in
A graduate of St. Francis Preparatory High
School, which was then in Brooklyn, he
received a bachelor of arts degree in
accounting from Pace University in
Mr. Testa served with the Army during the
Korean War, stationed in Germany.
For 43 years, he was an engineer analyst for
the Port Authority, working in the agency's
Manhattan headquarters. He retired in 1995.
A faith-filled man, according to family, Mr.
Testa was a eucharistic minister for 25
years at the Arthur Kill Correctional
Facility in Charleston. He was a parishioner
of St. Charles R.C. Church, Oakwood, and
Holy Child R.C. Church, Westerleigh.
Mr. Testa also was active in the Cursillo
Lay Movement within the church.
He enjoyed gardening and making folks smile.
Surviving are his wife of 50 years, the
former Joan (Josephine) Crisa; his two sons,
Anthony and Nicholas; his daughter, Anna
Baldini; six grandchildren and a
The funeral will be Saturday from the
Colonial Funeral Home,
New Dorp, with a mass at 10:45 a.m. in Holy
Child Church. Burial will follow in
Resurrection Cemetery, Pleasant Plains.