Joseph J."Joe" DiGenova
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DELAWARE — Joseph J."Joe" DiGenova, 71, of Delaware passed away late Sunday afternoon, March 19, 2017 at Grady Memorial Hospital in Delaware surrounded by his loving family.

He was born September 30, 1945 in Dennison, Ohio, to the late Joseph L. DiGenova and Viola Assunda (Fragasse) DiGenova. After graduating from St. Joseph High School in New Philadelphia he enlisted in the United States Air Force. He proudly served his Country during the Vietnam War and was awarded the Bronze Star.

Joe spent 42 years as a wholesale manager in plumbing and heating sales. He served 25 years as an elected official on Delaware City Council both At-Large and for the Third Ward in addition to serving on numerous committees.

Joe was very proud of his Italian heritage and was a founding member of the Del-Italia Club. He was the first non-graduate of Delaware Hayes High School to be inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2014. He founded the Youth in Government Program at Delaware Hayes High School and served as the President of the Hayes Athletic Boosters.

Joe had a long history of supporting the youth of Delaware in numerous ways, it was said that "he was concerned about the youth of Delaware because they are the future of Delaware."

Joe's service to Delaware went beyond the schools as he was active in the Historical Society, VFW #3297, American Legion Post #115, Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter #1095, Operation Never Forget, Delaware Touchstone Program.

A true people person he looked forward to Jug Day and Election Day as a chance to visit with his community. He enjoyed a passion for helping people, golf, attending auctions, and traveling to Italy. As described by his family "he did the hard work, what needed to be done to help."

Both humble and ornery he will be remembered for not only his service to community, but more importantly for his five decades of love for his wife and beloved family.

Left to cherish Giuseppe's memory are his wife; Veronica "Vonie"; their children, Thomas of Pittsburgh, Tracy (Jeff) Feinberg of Upper Arlington, and Tim of Blacklick; grandchildren: Rachael and Joseph Feinberg; sisters, Rita (Terry) Hamrick and Jean (David) Moreland of New Philadelphia, brother-in-law Andy Duda of West Lafayette, and family friend Darren Dexter.

He was also preceded in death by his twin sister SuAnn Duda.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, March 23, 2017 from 3-5 and 6-8 p.m. at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Drive (1510 W. William Street), Delaware, where funeral services will be held on Friday, March 24, 2017 at 11 a.m. with Pastor Mike Bratten officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery with full military honors conducted by the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1095.

In lieu of flowers contributions in Joe's memory may be made to Joseph DiGenova Memorial Fund or Nationwide Children's Hospital, P.O. Box 16810,Columbus OH 43216-6810 for Pediatric Cancer.

The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center of Delaware is honored to serve this veteran and his family.

To share a fond memory of Joe or to offer a condolence to his family, please visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.



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Published in The Delaware Gazette from Mar. 20 to Mar. 21, 2017.
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March 25, 2017
I am so sorry for your loss. I met Joe when we were both at St. Joe High School.He was so nice God Bless You and your family
Jody DiGenova--Hart
March 22, 2017
"The Eagle Has Landed"
Herb USMC
March 22, 2017
RIP
Herb USMC
March 22, 2017
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March 22, 2017
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March 22, 2017
God Bless/RIP. A heartfelt Thank YOU,Joe for your service in The United States Air Force,serving in Vietnam. And Semper Fi.
Herb Guyer-Sharfenaker USMC
March 22, 2017
My condolences to the family. May God give comfort an hope. 2 Cor.1:3
March 21, 2017
With deepest sympathy. My thoughts and prayers are with you
Teresa Dunn-Hightower
March 21, 2017
Dear family, Joe was not only a great public servant but a great person as many can attest to. It is with great sadness that I read of his passing. May God great him with open arms.
Jim Roberts
March 21, 2017
Joe was such a kind and loving soul--we will miss his smiling face at Mill Creek on Tuesday nights. May God comfort his family during this difficult time. JB
March 21, 2017
We were saddened to hear of Joe's passing. He was such a positive presence and activist for the Delaware Community! Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.
Bob and Linda Gaffey
March 21, 2017
My sincere condolences to the family and friends. John 5: 28.
March 21, 2017
May the love God shows comfort you during this difficult time. May God provide you with the assurance that you will see your loved ones again. RH
March 20, 2017
Vonie and family... Steve and I were so sad to read about Joe's passing. He was such a great asset to all of Delaware. We both have great memories of him. We will keep you in our prayers during this difficult time. Love to all, Steve and Babs Farkasovsky
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