Joseph Anthony Agresta, a resident of Danbury, died on May 14, 2011, at the age of 81. He was born on June 13, 1929, in Long Island City, Queens, NY, to Joseph S. Agresta and Carmela Mazziotta. Joseph was retired after working many years for Union Carbide Corporation. He also had been employed earlier by the Curtiss-Wright Research Division and New York University. Joseph graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School, The Cooper Union School of Engineering (B.E.E.), Oak Ridge School of Reactor Technology, and New York University (M.S. & Ph. D.) Joseph is survived by Aurelie Agresta, his beloved wife of 58 years; a sister Rachel Agresta; seven children, Joseph, Aurelie, Thomas, Paul, William, Marguerite and Emily; 11 grandchildren, Michael, Matthew, Yoshiko, Jimmy, Paul, Anthony, Kathleen, Joseph, Capri, Cooper and Carsen; and his extended family including Mary Clare and Fred, Frank and his kids, Sue, Tony, Elizabeth, Elaine, Lisa, and Jeff. Joseph's greatest passions included spending time with friends and family; listening to jazz music, particularly Sinatra, attending New York Giants games, traveling, particularly on cruises, collecting items relating to Santa Claus and Charles Dickens' classic work A Christmas Carol, and attending mass. Joseph was an active parishioner at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in Ridgefield. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, Danbury, on Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at St. Peter Cemetery, Danbury. Friends may call at the Green Funeral Home, 57 Main St., Danbury, on Tuesday evening from 5 to 8 p.m.
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Published in News Times on May 16, 2011