Joseph F. (Joe) DeRose

Joseph (Joe) F.


Joseph (Joe) F. DeRose, age 81, of Newark, DE passed away on Tuesday, March 19, 2013. Joe was born on May 1, 1931 in Newark, DE to the late Charles and Rose DeRose. He was a member of IUOE for 50 years, and retired as a Heavy Equipment Operator for Site Development, where his last job was at the Rockford Center. He was a large part of development in Northern Delaware by working on the malls and roads.

Joe enjoyed his vegetable garden and sharing the vegetables with his neighbors. He enjoyed the family gatherings at his pool in the summers. He enjoyed cutting the grass and being outdoors. He also was a caretaker for one of his elderly neighbors for years. Joe enjoyed calling his children every day to see how the families were doing.

Joe is survived by his wife of 64 years, Anna E. DeRose; children: Roseanne Roberts (Robert), Joanne F. Reynolds (Melvin), Joseph F. DeRose II (Wendy), Michael A. DeRose (Dianna), Dean A. DeRose (Susan), Daniel DeRose (Lisa); 14 grandchildren; and 9 great-grandchildren. Joe was preceded in death by his brothers, Nicholas and Charles; and sisters, Rosella Giles and Anna Dixon.

A visitation for family and friends will be held on Friday, March 22, at Strano & Feeley Family Funeral Home, 635 Churchmans Road, Newark, DE 19702 from 10-11 am followed by a service in celebration of Joe's life at 11 am. Burial will be at Gracelawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorial contributions to Heartland Hospice, 256 Chapman Road, Ste. 102, Newark, DE 19702. For directions and to express an online condolence, visit

Strano & Feeley

Family Funeral Home


Funeral Home

Strano and Feeley Family Funeral Home
635 Churchmans Road Newark, DE 19702
(302) 731-5459

Published in The News Journal on Mar. 20, 2013