Michael Placenti, 62

• Visual Artist, Designer and Educator

 – Michael Placenti, 62, visual artist, designer and educator, on Friday, January 16, 2009 at the Mountainside Hospital in Glen Ridge.

Educated at the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Arts and the Maryland Institute College of Art, Mr. Placenti was graduated with a degree in Fine Arts and Art Education. Michael pursued his dreams, becoming a visual artist, designer and educator.

After 30 years as an art director in the publishing and advertising industry, he was instrumental in developing the Desktop Publishing Program at East Orange Campus High School. During this time, he also exhibited his paintings at various galleries in New York City and Maryland and winning several awards for his magazine cover designs. Aside from spending time with his family, he enjoyed listening to music, reading and playing golf.

Surviving are his wife, Carole Coriddi Placenti; a son and daughter-in-law, Damon and Dayna Placenti; a daughter, Cecly Placenti and a brother, Joseph. Mr. Placenti was predeceased by a brother, Paul Placenti, and a sister,
Deborah Miceli.

Memorial visitation 5-9 p.m. Wednesday at the Biondi Funeral Home of Nutley, 540 Franklin Avenue. Memorial Mass 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Holy Family Church, 28 Brookline Ave. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Six Degrees Dance Company would be appreciated. Please visit

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