Visitation: Friends may call on Saturday from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk. Services: A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday at 10:00 AM in St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 203 East Avenue, Norwalk. Donations: Contributions in his memory may be made to: Wittingham Cancer Center c/o Norwalk Hospital Foundation, 34 Maple Street, Norwalk, CT 06850 or to the Society of St. Anthony of Giovinazzo Inc., c/o Most Precious Blood Church, New York, NY 10013.

Joseph L.A. Tesoriere


May 18, 1946 - November 08, 2012

Joseph L.A. Tesoriere, 66, husband of Marie DeSalvo Tesoriere passed away Thursday, November 08, 2012 at his home in Norwalk. Born May 18, 1946, he was son of the late Franco Alberto and Margaret Buccellato Tesoriere.

In addition to his wife Marie, he is survived by his daughter Jennifer Wolff of San Francisco, CA and his sister Pina Pilaro (Joseph) of Eastport Maine.  He is also survived by nieces and nephews; Joseph Anthony Pilaro (Joe Gorrie) of New York, NY, Margaret Barrette (Jeff) of Olympia, WA, Mark Pilaro (Meredith) of Potomac Falls, VA, Matthew Brancato (Allison) of Norwalk, CT, Jacqueline Brancato Kotos (Tom) of Milford, CT, Deborah Brancato of Westport, CT, and cousins Joanne Castagna (Glenn Chaplin) of Coconut Creek, FL; and by his in-laws Teresa and Vito Brancato of Westport, CT and Rose and Dominick DeSalvo of Stratford, CT. He was predeceased by his niece Frances Maria Pilaro Wolstenholm.

Friends may call on Saturday from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday at 10:00 AM in St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 203 East Avenue, Norwalk.

Contributions in his memory may be made to: Wittingham Cancer Center c/o Norwalk Hospital Foundation, 34 Maple Street, Norwalk, CT 06850 or to the Society of St. Anthony of Giovinazzo Inc., c/o Most Precious Blood Church, New York, NY 10013.

  1. “Joe T” (as some called him) was the epitome of a singular man. I have never met anyone like him, and suspect I never will. And beyond that, he was a good man. Despite his “rough” exterior and tough talk, he was a man of heart and generosity. Although I was only a walk-on, bit player in his life, he always took the time to talk to me — and as a listener, you were always in for a treat when Joe talked. He told terrific stories and had a great laugh to punctuate conversations. I enjoyed the trips to Saratoga with him and all the others — highly memorable. And I thank Ed Musante and “the boys” for including me on those trips (despite the unsuccessful bets and the LONG rides home).

    Thank you for enriching the lives of so many people, Joe — including mine. You will surely and continually be missed.

    – B. Griffin

    November 9, 2012
    Brian Griffin -

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