Joseph A. Saints
AGE: 90 • Wilmington
Joseph Anthony Saints of Stanton, Delaware, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday afternoon, June 14, 2014 at the age of 90. Joseph was born on February 11, 1924 in Stoughton, MA to the late Joseph Silva Santos and Mary Fernandes. Joseph graduated from Stoughton High School in 1943 and enlisted in the US Army. He served as a medic with the First Calvary Division of the Third Army Engineering Brigade in the Philippines and Japan during World War II. Joseph was extremely proud to have served his country and to have helped save the lives of wounded GI's.
Upon leaving the army, Joseph graduated from Northeastern University and received his Bachelor of Science in civil engineering in 1951, becoming employed with DuPont in that same year. In 1953, he married Laura Lessa, also from Stoughton, and they moved to Wilmington, DE. In 1957, the couple moved to Stanton, DE. Joe and Laura were married for 59 years until Laura's passing in 2012. They raised four children and were devoted and loving parents.
Joseph received his Masters degree in civil engineering in 1956 from the University of Delaware. Eventually, Joe served as a senior consultant in civil engineering, where many of his duties included traveling to many sites in Europe, Asia, South America and Australia. Joe was proud to have been recognized by DuPont for more than 39 years of perfect attendance. Joe served on the executive board of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Delaware Counsel of Engineering Societies. After retirement in 1990, Joe continued to serve as an engineering consultant for DuPont on a part-time basis for another five years.
During his life, Joe was devoted to his family. He was involved in his children's academics and extracurricular activities and encouraged his children and lauded their accomplishments. Joe also enjoyed traveling. There were yearly trips to Massachusetts to visit extended family and annual family vacations which included visits to thirty-six states, Mexico, Canada and Europe. Joe was proud of his Portuguese heritage. He enjoyed reading, ballroom dancing and big band music. Joe was an active parishioner at St. John the Beloved Church and attended mass on a weekly basis.
Joe was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Laura; his brothers, Peter and John Santos; and his sister, Mary Pitta.
He is survived by his four children: Sheldon Saints and his wife, Carolyn, Shawna Saints Wainright, Spencer Saints and his wife, Lorraine, and Sheila Saints and her fiancé, Todd; his six grandchildren: Katerina, Anton and Alyessa Wainright, Jordan and Kayla Saints, and Lara Saints; his brother, William Santos of Foxborough, Massachusetts; and many nieces and nephews. His kindness and generosity will be sadly missed by all.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30am on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at St. John the Beloved Church, 907 Milltown Road, Wilmington, DE, where family and friends may visit beginning at 9:30am. Interment will follow at All Saints Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.
To send condolences, visit:
Doherty Funeral Homes - Pike Creek
3200 Limestone Road Wilmington, DE 19808
Published in The News Journal from June 18 to June 20, 2014