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Joseph Edward Kinsella Sr.

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Joseph Edward Kinsella, Sr.

Whiting - Joseph Edward Kinsella, Sr. passed away in his sleep on Friday December 8. He was 88. Joe had friendships that lasted his lifetime, including pals with whom he crashed a wedding reception where he met a young beauty named Frances Grosso. Although she called him "a novelty that was going to wear off," the couple were married 61 years, which is how this man with the map of Ireland on his face learned the beauty of Sunday family suppers flavored by his Italian immigrant in-laws' homemade pasta and wine. Joe had several small businesses around the Jersey Shore, most notably Merritt's Lawn Mower Shop in Red Bank. He possessed a charisma and a "do onto others" kindness that were impossible to ignore. In addition to his wife, Joe is survived by his children, Lucinda, Joseph, Jr. Patrick, Claire and Bridget. His grandchildren Melissa, Thomas and Douglas Ivanoff, and Joseph, Rebecca, Nicholas and Michael Kinsella remember their Poppop well. Arguably, the biggest Chicago Cub fan born in New Jersey, anyone who knew him saw this post-World-Series year as Joe Kinsella's personal victory lap. Joe was an Air Force veteran and, in lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Stop Soldier Suicide (, a charity founded by his grandnephew Brian Kinsella. His life will be celebrated at a funeral mass at 9 a.m. at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church Chapel on School House Road in Manchester Township on Saturday, December 16. More details:
Published in Asbury Park Press on Dec. 13, 2017
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