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.