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JOSEPH E. ROTUNDA JR. JERICHO, VT/DELAND, FLA - Joseph E. Rotunda Jr., 75, of Jericho died on Friday, Jan. 15, 2010, at the Fletcher Allen Health Care surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Colchester on March 8, 1934, the son of Joseph E. Sr. and Glenna (Lafayette) Rotunda. Joe drove a truck for Vermont Fruit for many years prior to owning Joe's Snack Bar for over 50 years, employing grandchildren and other family members over the years. He also touched many families in the Jericho area by being the first employer of their children. He was very proud to have a children's book written about him (Where Does Joe Go?) Children from all over the country brought their book to Joe for him to autograph which he did gladly. He was passionate about all of his homemade cooking for the Snack Bar. He enjoyed the off season in Florida for the past 25 years, attending the Daytona 500 on the infield, and taking old TONKA trucks and spending timeless hours restoring them. Joe was very proud of his grandchildren and took great pleasure in spending time with them. He is survived by his wife Marilyn Kozlowski Rotunda of Jericho; two children, Joseph E. III and wife Kim Rotunda of Underhill, Kim Brooks and fiancé Brent Osborne of Essex; four grandchildren, Joseph "Jay" Rotunda IV, Carrie Rotunda, Amanda Rotunda and Justin Brooks; the mother of his children, Janice Gordon of Essex; one brother, Thomas Rotunda and wife Barb of Venice, Fla.; two sisters, Pauline Torres and companion Al Lafreniere of Deland, Fla. and Bette Rhye and husband Jack of Newport, Vt.; several cousins, nieces and nephews. He also leaves his close friends, The Jericho Rat Pack, Ralph, Pea Soup, Shambo, Peterson, Kenny and George. Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010, at 11 a.m. in the Essex Alliance Church in Essex Center. Burial will be in the spring in Pleasant View Cemetery. Those who wish may make contributions in his memory to the Charity of one's choice. Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Ready Funeral and Cremation Service Mountain View Chapel, 68 Pinecrest Dr., Essex Junction. To send online condolences, please visit

Published in The Burlington Free Press on Jan. 18, 2010
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