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Nicholas Facciolla
(1906-2008)

Nicholas W. ("Nick") Facciolla was born in New York City on November 7, 1906, the son of Italian immigrants Anna Marie Pantaleo and Modesto Facciolla, a bricklayer. He married (first) Elizabeth Steinberger (1910-1983) in 1928 and together they had a son, Modesto ("Marty") Facciolla (1929-1988). After Elizabeth and Marty died, Nick married Barbara L. Meisch in 1988. He served as a Cpl. In the US Army during WWII. Since before the war (as early as 1935) he lived in Teaneck, New Jersey.

Nick's claim to mineralogical fame was that he discovered the type specimens of petersite in 1981, at Laurel Hill, and wrote a self-published book on the locality: Minerals of Laurel Hill, Secaucas, New Jersey (1981, 46 p.). He was a Secaucus resident when he first started exploring Laurel Hill in the early 1960s. Since specimens were often microscopic, he always carried a loupe a small magnifier used by jewelers and watchmakers.

Nick Facciolla died on January 31, 2008, in Forked River, New Jersey. Some of his collection was sold to mineral dealer Jasun McAvoy.
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