Guarisco, Dr. Joseph A.
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Dr. Joseph A. Guarisco, 93, of Greenwich, Conn., passed away Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at Caleb Hitchcock Health Center, Bloomfield, CT. Born June 28,1919 in Manhattan, New York to Salvatore R. and Helen (Nager) Guarisco, Joe grew up in Bronx, NY. He graduated from New York University in 1939 and the New York University College of Dentistry in 1943. Shortly after graduating, Joe entered the US Army as a Captain. He served in the Pacific Theatre Operations of WWII; as a physician with a MASH unit in Luzon, Phillippines and in Japan during the occupation.
Following his discharge in 1946, Joe returned to the New York area where he developed a dental practice in New Rochelle, NY. On October 15, 1949, he married Agnes D. Hanson at Zion Lutheran Church, Viroqua, Wisconsin. Joe built a home and lived happily in Greenwich, for 50 years.
Joe was a loving son, husband, father and grandfather. He loved gardening, golfing, traveling and carpentry. He also loved to help others. He developed and volunteered at the free dental clinic at the New Rochelle Hospital. After he retired he volunteered with Surry Services in Greenwich and dedicated much of his time to St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Rye Brook, NY. Joe was an active member of the Greenwich RMA. But his greatest pleasure came from traveling the United States and the world with Agnes.
Joe is survived by Agnes, his wife of 63 years; his 2 sons, William (Patty) Guarisco, and Eric Guarisco; his 3 daughters, Elise (Chuck) Thomas, Janette (Charlie) Scott, and Susan (John) DeSantis; and his 10 grandchildren, Charles (Samantha) Thomas, Kelly Thomas, Gabriela Guarisco, William Guarisco, Robert Guarisco, Charles Scott, Katherine Scott, Daniel Scott, Michael (Erin) DeSantis, and Susan DeSantis. He is preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Frances Kuenzler.
Visitation will be from 10:30 until 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul's Church,761 King St. at Comly Ave. Rye Brook, NY, on Monday, June 10, 2013. The funeral service will follow at 11:00 a.m. Joe will be laid to rest at the Putnam Cemetery, Greenwich, CT. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave. 7th Floor, NY, NY 10001. Online expressions of sympathy may be made at www.molloyfuneralhome.com
Published in GreenwichTime on June 8, 2013