Former Irvington resident AJ Gelardi-Hongach passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 17, at age 28.
AJ was born March 10, 1992 in Sleepy Hollow, the son of Dawn Gelardi and Andrew Hongach. He was a veteran who served overseas in Operation Enduring Freedom and in Korea. He also volunteered to serve three contracts as private security detail in Afghanistan. AJ served as a machine gun crewman and gunner and was honorably discharged as a specialist, earning the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, and the Combat Infantry Badge.
In addition to his mother and father, AJ is survived by his wife, Corinne; sister, Jacqueline Gelardi-Hongach; brothers Andre Hongach, Timmy Meszaros, Trevor, and Chase Hongach; grandparents Gail and William Gelardi and Edith Hongach; as well as several aunts, uncles, cousins, and nephews.
Wake services were held Feb. 24 at the Edward-Dowdle Funeral Home in Dobbs Ferry. Funeral mass was Feb. 25 at Immaculate Conception in Irvington. He was laid to rest at Ferncliff Cemetery.