Wake: Friends may call, Thursday from 4:00 to 8:00 pm at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk, Connecticut. Services: A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday at 10am in St. Joseph Church, 85 South Main Street, South Norwalk, CT. Donations: In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org) or to the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade (www.avoncrusade.com) or to the American Red Cross (www.redcross.org).

Dr. Joseph L. Peluso


July 17, 1929 - February 7, 2011

Dr. Joseph L. Peluso, 81, life partner of Profirio Cruz Padilla for 58 years passed away on February 7, 2011 in New York City.   Born July 17, 1929, in Norwalk Connecticut, he was the son of Anthony and Elizabeth Peluso.

Dr. Peluso attended Norwalk High School and received his BA from Ithaca College. He went on to earn his PhD at Columbia University. As a career educator Dr. Peluso served as a Speech and Drama Professor at Seaton Hall University for over 30 years and was appointed as the Speech and Drama Department Head toward the end of his career at the University.  Dr. Peluso also served as the lead public speaking consultant for Governor Brendon Byrne of New Jersey at the peak of his career.   He was a member of the Sons of Italy Italian Club in Norwalk, CT and proudly served on the board as a trustee.

He is a U.S Army veteran and he is survived by his life partner Profirio Cruz Padilla, Brother Frank Peluso, Nephews: Anthony Peluso, Bernard Peluso, and Lawrence Peluso Nieces: Marilyn Peluso Giorgio, Lucretia Peluso, Micheline Gagstetter, Ruth Peluso Kileen and Nancy Moore.  He was predeceased by his parents Anthony and Elizabeth along with his brother Bernard and Sister in Law Mary Peluso.

Friends may call, Thursday from 4:00 to 8:00 pm at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk, Connecticut. A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday at 10am in St. Joseph Church, 85 South Main Street, South Norwalk, CT.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org) or to the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade (www.avoncrusade.com) or to the American Red Cross (www.redcross.org).

  1. Uncle Joe: I never had the opportunity to say how much I miss you and love you since hearing just recently how ill you were. I wanted to come to the hospital to visit but time slipped away. I wanted to hold your hand and say “God Bless you and the Lord watch over you and keep you in his blessings”. Rest in Peace uncle Joe, I will never forget you.. Love you very much, Micki

    September 29, 2011
    Your loving neice Michilene Gagstetter -
  • Dear Family, I don’t know that I have the words to express what a decent, giving, good, and kind man Joe was and how much we enjoyed knowing him as a family. We will miss him, our chats, and our dinners. Ours boys will miss him, as well. I have so many fond memories of them first in highchairs around Joe’s table, and later sitting and watching as the grown-ups chatted and chewed. We were lucky to know him and lucky to live in the same building as he and Fito for over ten years. I’m sorry I can’t be there for the memorial service as I have to watch the children, but my husband Brian will be there to pay his respects. I’ll be lifting a glass to him and toasting the memory of a lovely man. My sincerest and deepest condolences to your family. Warmest, Heather

    September 29, 2011
    Heather Jackson -
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