Joseph Albert Mastropietro
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East Norwalk Resident
Joseph A. Mastropietro, of East Norwalk, died peacefully in his sleep on Friday, November 9, 2012 at the Norwalk Hospital after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. His family was at his side.
Joe was born on January 23rd, 1929; an only child to the late Francesca and Andrea Mastropietro in Altoona Pennsylvania.
Joe graduated from Altoona High School and went on to attend Penn state until he left to join the Army, where he proudly served in the Korean war.
After the service, Joe worked for Burndy Engineering where he met his wife Elaine Ferris; they celebrated their 54th anniversary last May. He then went on to work at Winchester Electronics as an electrical engineer. He also worked at Pepperidge Farm as the head of maintenance until his retirement. His next chapter led him to bartend at Gallo's Sandbar in Norwalk where he could enjoy the company of his closest friends.
Joe's love of sports led him to play football for the semi-pro Golden Bears of Stamford. He also played baseball and softball for many years and coached Pop Warner Football in Norwalk.
Joe loved playing golf with his buddies every Sunday and was lucky enough to play even into September of this year, before his health began to decline.
Joe was predeceased by both his parents and his son-in-law David Finch.
Joe is survived by his children Mark Mastropietro and his wife Lisa, Richard Mastropietro, Andrew Mastropietro and his wife Kimberly, and his beloved daughter Lisa Finch.
Joe's greatest pride was his 10 grandchildren: Erin Finch, Jesse Finch, Kari and Kacie Finch; Justin Mastropietro, Kyle Mastropietro, Kristy and Stacey Mastropietro; Cody Mastropietro and Conner Mastropietro as well as his buddy and only great grandson, Dylan Finch.
Friends may call on Sunday, November 11, 2012 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Norwalk's Hoyt-Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory, 5 East Wall Street. Interment with full Military Honors will be held on TUESDAY November 13, 2012 at 10 a.m. directly at St. John Cemetery, 223 Richards Ave.
His family would appreciate donations be made to Stand Up To Cancer at http://www.standup2cancer .org/. Please visit www.norwalkfh.com for more information and to send the Mastropietro family a condolence.
Published in The Hour on Nov. 10, 2012