Joseph F. Walsh

WANTAGE - Joseph F. Walsh lost his battle with cancer on Dec. 8, 2012, at his home, with his family by his side.

Joseph was born in 1945, in Pittston, Pa., and moved to the Port Morris section of Landing as a child. He had resided in Wantage for the last 33 years.

Joseph served as sergeant with the United States Army in the Vietnam War from 1967 to 1969. He then served for 26 years with the New Jersey State Police, retiring as sergeant. In 1977, Joseph received "The Blue Max," a prestigious, meritorious service award for bravery. After retiring in 1996, he worked as the head of security for nine years at Selective Insurance in Branchville.

Joseph is survived by his wife, Sharon, of 42 years; daughter, Kathleen Bailey, her husband, Marc; grandson, Kellen, of Frankford; son, Joseph R., and his wife, Debra Walsh, of Wantage; son, Michael, of Branchville; brothers, Jerry and wife, Carol, of Landing, and Thomas and wife, Margie, of Kenvil; sister-in-law, Leslie, of Landing; brother-in-law, Ralph Townsend, of Netcong; sister-in-law, Barbara Sisko, and husband, Joseph (John), of Denville; father-in-law, K. Robert Thompson, of Randolph; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his mother, Margaret; father, Jerome; brother, Patrick; sister, Judy Townsend; and nephew, Patrick Jr.

We ask family and friends to celebrate Joe's life on Wednesday, Dec. 12, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., at Leber-Lakeside Funeral Home, 150 Landing Road, Landing. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral on Thursday, Dec. 13, beginning at 9 a.m., at the funeral home. Prayers will be offered at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at the Cemetery of the First Presbyterian Church of Succasunna.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Joe's name may be made to Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice Charitable Foundation, 99 Sparta Ave., Newton, NJ 07860; or to the New Jersey State Police Survivors of the Triangle (NJSPSOTT), 8 Denow Road, Suite C #385, Pennington, NJ 08534. For further information and to share a fond memory of Joe, please visit

Published in The New Jersey Herald on Dec. 11, 2012