Joseph J. DelleCave, 66, of Wilkes-Barre passed away at home in the presence of his family on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012.
Born in Naples, Italy, he was the son of the late Gennaro and Elvira DelleCave of Brooklyn, N.Y.
Throughout his 45-year career Joe was employed as a pizza baker at several restaurants, where he acquired the nickname Papa Joe.
He enjoyed watching sports, especially football and his beloved New York Jets.
His brother, Crescenzo DelleCave, and his aunt, Anna, and uncle, John, preceded him in death.
He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather who will be deeply missed by his family and friends, including his wife of 47 years, Josephine DelleCave; daughters, Elvira DelleCave, Brooklyn, N.Y.; Grazia and her husband, Michael Reedy, Wilkes-Barre, and Anna DelleCave, Wilkes-Barre; son, Gennaro DelleCave, Wilkes-Barre; grandson, Crescenzo Ramon Reedy, Wilkes-Barre; Dahntay Cornelius Wilkins, Wilkes-Barre, who was like a son to him; brother, Nick and his wife, Donna DelleCave, Brooklyn, N.Y.; sister, Rosa and her husband, Joseph Pugliese, Lancaster; brother, Thomas and his wife, Patricia DelleCave, Brooklyn, N.Y.; as well as his many loving aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Joe's entire family extends special thanks to the following for their loving care and support: his nurse, Megan Zonich of Gentiva Health Care; his personal health care aide, Judy Richards, of CareGivers America; his physical therapist, Rich Cipolletti, of Gentiva Health Care; and the nurses from Hospice of the Sacred Heart, Wilkes-Barre.
A celebration of Joseph's life will be held at 8:30 a.m. Monday from McLaughlin's − The Family Funeral Service, 142 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre, with a Funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m. in the Church of St. Nicholas. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township. Visitation will be held at McLaughlin's from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday.
The DelleCave family requests that flowers be omitted and that memorial donations in Joseph's name be made to the
, 712 S. Keyser Ave., Taylor, PA 18517.
Permanent messages and memories may be shared with Joe's family at www.celebratehislife.com