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JOSEPH E. ROTUNDA JR. JERICHO, VT/DELAND, FLA - Joseph E. Rotunda Jr., 75, of Jericho died on Friday, Jan. 15, 2010, at the Fletcher Allen Health Care surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Colchester on March 8, 1934, the son of Joseph E. Sr. and Glenna (Lafayette) Rotunda. Joe drove a truck for Vermont Fruit for many years prior to owning Joe's Snack Bar for over 50 years, employing grandchildren and other family members over the years. He also touched many families in the Jericho area by being the first employer of their children. He was very proud to have a children's book written about him (Where Does Joe Go?) Children from all over the country brought their book to Joe for him to autograph which he did gladly. He was passionate about all of his homemade cooking for the Snack Bar. He enjoyed the off season in Florida for the past 25 years, attending the Daytona 500 on the infield, and taking old TONKA trucks and spending timeless hours restoring them. Joe was very proud of his grandchildren and took great pleasure in spending time with them. He is survived by his wife Marilyn Kozlowski Rotunda of Jericho; two children, Joseph E. III and wife Kim Rotunda of Underhill, Kim Brooks and fiancé Brent Osborne of Essex; four grandchildren, Joseph "Jay" Rotunda IV, Carrie Rotunda, Amanda Rotunda and Justin Brooks; the mother of his children, Janice Gordon of Essex; one brother, Thomas Rotunda and wife Barb of Venice, Fla.; two sisters, Pauline Torres and companion Al Lafreniere of Deland, Fla. and Bette Rhye and husband Jack of Newport, Vt.; several cousins, nieces and nephews. He also leaves his close friends, The Jericho Rat Pack, Ralph, Pea Soup, Shambo, Peterson, Kenny and George. Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010, at 11 a.m. in the Essex Alliance Church in Essex Center. Burial will be in the spring in Pleasant View Cemetery. Those who wish may make contributions in his memory to the Charity of one's choice. Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Ready Funeral and Cremation Service Mountain View Chapel, 68 Pinecrest Dr., Essex Junction. To send online condolences, please visit

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Published in The Burlington Free Press on Jan. 18, 2010.
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February 12, 2010
Teenie and family, i was very sad to see that Joe had died. I never met him, but I had the privledge of Knowing your niece Terri and spending some time eating at your place and always came away happy and full. As the days go by I hope your pain lessens and your memories remain bright in your time of sorrow
Kristie Norton
January 27, 2010
I enjoyed the opportunity to meet Joe, even if it was for only one day, we had a wonderful time just talking to each other, what a wonderful person. I know he will be missed by everyone who has known him, my blessing to the family and friends.
Tito Alvarez
January 25, 2010
Did not get quite enough time to get to know Joe, but enjoyed the short time I spent with him. I will always remember the connection he and my son had. They seemed to be drawn to each other, but I guess he had that effect on most people he met. I send my thoughts and prayers to Teenie and the rest of the family.
Mary Adams
January 25, 2010
I am so glad I had the opportunity to meet Joe and take time to have a wonderful conversation with him, We were both very comfortable with each other, what a wonderful man he will be missed greatly, but remember this, he is looking down on all who have had any connection with him. God bless all.
January 24, 2010
My thoughts and prayers gp out to not only the family, but to those patrons that have known Joe for so many yrs. I had the oppertunity to meet, but not near enough time to get to know Joe the way others have and yet my life has been blessed by the fact of knowing him.
Rest in peace.
Thomas Rue
January 24, 2010
I am so glad I had the chance to meet Joe, What a wonderful person, who you feel very comfortable with and he makes everyone feel special, Our prayers are with all of his family and friends.
Patty Rue
January 24, 2010
I was only privileged to know Joe for a short three years. He and I had an instant connection that continued to grow. There is always a special place in my heart for him. Joe,I will miss you forever. I am your sister-in-law by marriage but sister by choice.
Barbara Rotunda
January 23, 2010
I agree with all of the wonderful statements made on this guest book. It's nice to have a man that you could look up to- a man I felt so comfortable talking to. Joe and I had a communication going like no other. No matter what I needed, he was always there. I was very blessed you see, Joe was my brother.
Tom Rotunda
January 22, 2010
Teenie, My thoughts and prayers are with you. My condolences to the entire family
Gloria Ladouceur Gokey
Ocala Florida
January 20, 2010
Marilyn, so sorry for the loss of the love of your life. Nobody will every forget Joe. His legacy will go on. My prayers are with you.

Diane Longway Cantrell
January 20, 2010
Teeny and family,
Sorry for your loss. 20 + years ago I was a salesman w/Independent and Joe was a wonderful person to deal with. We chatted longer then it took to write the order but I looked so forward to calling on him every week during the season.
Greg Perreault
Gregory Pereeault
January 20, 2010
My thought and prayers are with all of you. Lots of good memories surrounding Joes Snack bar. Donna Bugbee Emerson
Donna Bugbee-Emerson
January 20, 2010
Thank you so much for the memories and fun at the snack bar, my thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Darcy McPherson
January 20, 2010
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May you find peace in the many fond memories that you hold.
The Langs
January 20, 2010
At this time of your sad loss, the Hahn family is recalling many wonderful visits to Joe's Snack Bar. For us, and for me particularly, it was such a wonderful treat to hobnob with other Jericho folks and enjoy a pig-in-a-blanket (my favorite) or any number of comfort foods after many a town event. We remember, and appreciate the friendly, home-town hospitality of the Rotunda family through all the years. My personal condolences to all of you. Sincerely,
Stephanie Hahn
January 20, 2010
My condolences to Joes family, Teenie and his crew. Thanks for the great food and great memories.
Kevin Walsh
January 20, 2010
Sending love & prayers on behalf of the LaBrie family. Our memories of Joe go back to the early years in the store & then the small cremee stand that began the Joe's Snack Bar legacy. Upon returning to Jericho in 1986, we saw many changes. But, Joe was still there, serving generous portions of great food & friendship to the community.

May God comfort all who knew & loved him.

Diane LaBrie St.Cyr
Diane St.Cyr
January 20, 2010
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Wayne & Peggy
January 20, 2010
My deepeast sympathies to the Rotunda family. My sister, my friends and I would often go to Joe's during the summer--especially once we had our driver's licenses. After our softball games in the summer, the team would often go to Joe's. I have many fond memories of those days. Thank you! circa 1980
January 20, 2010
Teeny and Family Members:

We offer our deepest sympathy to all of you upon Joe's recent passing. For years, you've fed the citizens of our Vermont communities and also lucky out-of-state passers-by. You helped keep us cool in summer, and you employed our teenage daughters and son. You're now a community institution, and we hope some way will be found for Joe's Snack Bar to continue. If so, we hope the name on the sign will never change.

Angelo and Peggy Dorta & Family
Underhill, VT and Milan, Italy
Angelo & Peggy Dorta
January 19, 2010
We are both so sorry for your loss--- Michael is recovering from a long hospital stay and can not make it to the funeral, but sends his condolances and will always remember the Black Label times! Please extend our condolances to your whole family as well.
Michael and Willie Lamphere
January 19, 2010
It's been many years, but as a child in Vermont, I can recall going to Joe's Snack Bar, where my Uncle Joe would treat us to anything we wanted. Kind of like the Vermont, ice cream equivalent to Willy Wonka and the Chocolate factory; Simply wonderful. Uncle Joe will be missed. My thoughts go out to all of you in this time of sorrow.
Kennie Rotunda
January 19, 2010
hi maryln im sorry you lost joe ralph would bring him in the rathskeller ever so often for a couple or so.we had a lot of laughs of course i knew him from growing up in essex. hope to see you this summer at the snack bar. take care luella
January 19, 2010
Joe you will surely missed, be sure to share your orange milk shake, they were the best thing to drink. Jericho will miss him but Joes Snack Bar will always be the place to go.
Evie (Jacobs) Kenyon
January 19, 2010
Teeny , Prayers going out to you and the family. Sharon and Karl Senor
January 19, 2010
Teeny and Family, I am sorry for your loss. He was a good person. I have many fond memories of "Joe's" snack bar through the years. It was a great place to meet friends, hang out, and have good food.
Rosalyn Bushey Smith
January 19, 2010
I will always remember the many times as a child my folks took us to Joe's for a creamie on those hot summer days which was always a such a treat. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
Corine Nicholson
January 19, 2010
Teeny so sorry for your lost my thoughts and prayers to u and your family god bless
jeff depaul
January 18, 2010
My thoughts & prayers are with you...
April Mitchell Willbanks
January 18, 2010
Teeny,and rotunda family sorry for your loss.i have alot of fond memories of joe,stories,laughs,his big smile and hey pete .we lost a ledgend.but his memories will last for ever. he will be greatly missed by all. thank you joe,life wont be the same around here .
peter groll
January 18, 2010
Dear Teeny and family,
So sorry to hear of Joe's passing, how many times did we go down to "Joe's" for something great to eat when the children were young.Seems like yesterday!!!!
God bless you and your family at this time of sorrow.
Fondly, Jackie Brown
January 18, 2010
Teeny and family,
How many times did we go down to "Joes" for something to eat when the children were growing up. It was always the highlight of our day!!!! I am so sorry to hear about "Joe", what a wonderful man he was!!!
Fondly, Jackie Brown
January 18, 2010
Amanda,and family, just wanted to wish you all our prayers at this time Joe was a wonderful perosn and he loved you all very much he will be missed by all who knew him.He now has a new mission in life so as he flys to the heavens with his new wings you'll always have all of your memories of him always.
laurie farnsworth
January 18, 2010
Rest in peace to a true legend. Teeny, my thoughts are with you and your family. Much love and strength to you.
Hilary Martin
January 18, 2010
Dear Teeny,

I'm so sorry to hear of your great loss.

My Dad (Jerry Yergeau), considered Joe his best friend for nearly 30 years. He always spoke with such great affection for Joe! I'm so grateful that my Mom and Dad had such a warm and loving relationship with both of you!

I take comfort knowing that Joe and Jerry are together once again! Can't you just hear the two of them carrying on?!

God Bless.
David Yergeau
January 18, 2010
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Melody Marceau
January 18, 2010
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
January 18, 2010
Family of Joe, I am very sorry for your loss, I will always remember Joe as hard working out going person who was always willing to share a story about his life with me and as always with a special "Joe" style that will be missed by me and many other people I am sure.
Allen Yergeau
January 18, 2010
We are so sorry for the loss of Uncle Joe.his family is in our thoughts and prayers.

Mr and Mrs Moore
Suryia Rotunda Moore
January 18, 2010
You are a great person, boss and friend full of stories and laughs. My thoughts go out to the family. You will be very missed around the community. Keep those pizza burgers cookin up in heaven!
January 18, 2010
So sorry for your loss, I've heard that he was a very great and funny man,
Love Stacey and Mark Blodgett
January 18, 2010
Our condolences to the entire family.

Pamela B. (Pratt) Grissom
Peter S. Pratt
Christopher J. Pratt
Scott R. Pratt
January 18, 2010
Marilyn....when in VT I always stopped in at the Snack Bar to see you, find out what was happening around there, to say "Hi Joe" & to eat. I think of you so often - always telling friends all over the country that Joe's Snack Bar had the best French Fries in the World. Certainly the Snack Bar made it's impression on many people, employed many kids in the area & became "famous". Please accept my condolences to the entire family. Life will be different for you, but you are strong & life will get as normal as it can under the circumstances. Love you, Maureen M. Cross
January 18, 2010
you'll have them all eating hot dogs in heaven.... God be with your family, You were a great customer, & a great friend.
Peace & Grace
Pete T.
January 18, 2010
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
January 18, 2010
Teeny we are so sorry to hear of the passing of Joe. We have fond memories of Joe and and the snack bar in town Jericho it will never be the same. Our children went to school together and he gave or first born daughter Donna her first job at the snack bar. He helped so children get their start in the working world Know that Joe is at peace and and his memory will live on in your heart and ours. Our prayers are with you and your family at this trying time God Bless all of you
Russ & Jane Wescott
January 18, 2010
R.I.P. Uncle Joe I have missed you and will miss you, and I cherish the memories of the years I have spent with you.

Kevin Rotunda Yemassee,SC
Kevin Rotunda
January 18, 2010
Dear Teeny, please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of your husband. So many, many friends share your loss. My Kerrie has many fond memories of "Joe's" as do all my children and grandchildren. Cherish your memories and lean on the love and support of your many friends. Love and prayers. Pat White
January 18, 2010
Thanks Joe and rest in peace.
Garry Scott& family
January 18, 2010
:'-( Teenie (& family) your in my thoughts and prayers have been since I saw you a week ago. I could see it in your eyes & now I feel it in my heart. You all have always been a part of the family. Joe gave me my first job ever & kept me going for many years after. You could not ask for a more kind hearted loving man. He always knew where he was needed & when! Teenie I know you already know this but you were his heart & soul the way he loved you was like no other. I knew that from my first week @ the snack bar. I will see you soon. Please let me know if you need anything @ all. Love you! PS- I will always feel Joe "buzzing me" its our trade mark now... Love you Joe...
Vicki Harvey
January 18, 2010
We all should wish our lives could mirror Joe..Loving wife and Family,,Close friends..People from all ages and walks of life who were touched by his ever present smile and generosity..Today we have lost a great friend who will never be forgotten....God give you peace now and forever....A proud friend....John O. Casy
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