BREA, Calif. - Joseph Andrew DeVito, 66, of Brea, passed away Friday, April 19, 2013, in Brea, surrounded by his loving family.
Born and raised in the Chambersburg section of Trenton, N.J., Joseph moved to California in 1998. Mr. DeVito was a graduate of Trenton Cathedral High School in 1965. He had a great affection for baseball, especially after winning the Babe Ruth Little League World Series in 1962. In 1967 he won the Intercollegiate Jazz Contest in Florida as National Champion for Rider College. Joseph earned his bachelor's degree in sociology from Rider College in 1970.
During his lifetime he continued his passion for music by touring with the USO during Vietnam, performing in Broadway shows all around the world, and hosting the Miss America Pageant numerous times. He loved music, singing, sports, cooking for family, traveling and exploring new places.
Joseph was an amazing husband, father, grandfather and friend to many. While living in New Jersey and Southern California he was an admired teacher for the local high schools where he had grown up as well as some of the local high schools in and around Orange County.
Son of the late Andrew and Angela (Favata) DeVito, and brother of the late Fred L. DeVito, he was also predeceased by his father-in-law, George Kopta and mother-in-law, Geraldine Kopta. He is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Gloria (Kopta) DeVito; his loving daughter, Shelby (DeVito) and her husband Eric Kottmann; stepson, Daniel Phipps and his wife Marybeth, stepson, Samuel Phipps; grandsons, Drew Kottmann, Nicholas and Tyler Phipps; a sister, Phyllis (DeVito) and her husband Virgil D'Andrea; sister-in-law, Nancy DeVito, sister-in-law, Zita (Kopta) and her husband Russell Sandore; brother-in-law, George M. Kopta; goddaughter, Nicole (D'Andrea) Southard; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and other family members and friends.
A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, at Memory Garden Memorial Park, 455 Central Ave., Brea, Calif. with burial service immediately following. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, June 28, 2013, in St. Gregory the Great Church, 4620 Nottingham Way, Hamilton Square, N.J. Friends and family are welcome to attend.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the American Melanoma Foundation, 4150 Regents Park Row, Suite 300, La Jolla, CA 92037 or online at www.melanomafoundation.org.