portrait picture for Joseph Marchese

Mass:Saturday, May 2nd, at 11:00 AM in St. Matthew Church, 216 Scribner Avenue, Norwalk.Contributions:In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to the Whittingham Cancer Center of the Norwalk Hospital, 34 Maple Street, Norwalk, CT 06850.

Joseph Marchese

March 25, 1930 ~ April 18, 2015

On April 18th, 2015 Joseph Marchese of Norwalk, CT, passed away peacefully in his home, surrounded by his wife Vera and loving family.

Joseph is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Vera as well as three sons and daughter-in-laws, Joseph (Debora) Marchese, Jr., Michael (Katie) Marchese, and James (Leslie) Marchese. Additionally he is survived by his mother, Agnes Bonsdale Marchese and three sisters; Mildred Holquist, Marie Veno and Evelyn Stabell. Joseph also leaves behind his loving grandchildren; Joseph III, McKaylie, James, Brendan, Stephen, Glenn, Paul and Drake, as well as two great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Joseph was a loving, involved father; from a coach in little league and an “Akela” (Scout Master) in the Boy Scouts Organization to becoming a favorite “Pop” to his beloved grandchildren. An avid golfer and longtime member of Oak Hills Golf Course, Joseph greatly enjoyed sharing this sport with his children and grandchildren. Another gift of his heart came from meticulous craftsmanship of dollhouses for his special family members and causes such as the Norwalk Hospital’s Children’s floor. Joseph was also a gifted cook, frequently bringing to dinner tasty trays of lasagna, eggplant or sausage and peppers to name a few favorites.

Born in Brooklyn, NY, (diehard Dodgers fan) on March 25th, 1930, he moved to Norwalk with his family as a young child and made it his home ever since. After serving in the Army during the Korean War, Joseph joined the IBEW Local 208 as an apprentice in 1953. After many years of service, Joseph was elected as the local Business Manager, a position he held for 18 years. During this time he frequently “encouraged” his men to give back to the Norwalk community via Americares, Christmas in April and several other worthy causes. Upon retirement, in 1993, Joseph and Vera began happily spending their winters in Marco Island, FL. Joseph organized a Golf Club for his friends and together they played many courses in the Naples area. The last few years, Joseph fought a hard and courageous battle against cancer, rarely complaining but frequently smiling.

He will be dearly missed. An electronic guest book can be found at www.collins-funeral.com. A Mass will be held on Saturday, May 2nd, at 11:00 AM in St. Matthew Church, 216 Scribner Avenue, Norwalk. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to the Whittingham Cancer Center of the Norwalk Hospital, 34 Maple Street, Norwalk, CT 06850.

  1. I will cherish all the wonderful memories of the times I spent with you as a child and a adult. I will miss you very much Uncle Joe, and you will always be in my heart.
    Love you,

    April 22, 2015
    Jo-Ann Porch -
  • What a beautiful tribute! Cousin Joe was well-loved by all of us, and my dad, his Uncle Frank, had many wonderful memories with him growing up. We will miss his laughter and his strength.
    Love to Cousin Vera and his children..

    April 22, 2015
    Cousin Maria -
  • I first met Joe in 2000 when Diane and I purchased a condo just below Joe and Vera. We became instant friends and shared many good times together over the years. Joe was a very special person with a heart the size of Texas. He would come down early every morning to see if there was anything he could help with; and to coordinate our daily activities. H9e would always help anybody at any time; and, volunteer to do whatever needed to be done. His personality always made others feel better. I will miss him greatly.

    April 22, 2015
    Bob Scholle -
  • I’m so sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. My love, thoughts, and prayers are with Vera and the rest of your family.

    Cousin Lucia

    April 22, 2015
    Lucia DiVenere -
  • We make a living by what we get;
    we make a life by what we give
    Winston Churchill
    Churchill was thinking of my Uncle Joe when he stated this so eloquently. This was a man who gave love, passion and good willed joy to all , without restraint or reserve. A man of integrity and character. He was admired and he will be missed.

    April 22, 2015
    Ves Santangelo -
  • Joe was a very special person with a heart of GOLD. If you ever needed anything he was right there.
    Jim and I had a lot of good times with him and Vera we will miss him a lot.
    Rest in peace my good friend MR. SOUTH SEAS EAST

    Jim & Libby Macera April 22,2015

    April 22, 2015
    Libby & Jim Macera -
  • Joe was a great friend that we found on Marco Island at South Seas East. Joe was a wonderful leader and organizer. I enjoyed playing golf in “Joe’s Group” many, many times. Joe was always in charge of decorating for Christmas and served as the main “fix-it man.” We really enjoyed seeing and visiting with Joe during his recent trip to Marco. Always the same Joe. RIP good friend. Tom & Dani Graves

    April 22, 2015
    Tom & Dani Graves -
  • Joe was my favorite brother-in law for over 60 years. For the past 40 year since my retirement we have spent many good times together with my sister Vera and wife Marie. The golf games with alligaters, and talking about did tomato salad have vinegar or not to have vinegar. We will always remember you in ourprayers & we will miss you. Rest In God’s love.

    April 22, 2015
  • we were so sorry to hear of joes passing, he was a wonderful friend!! steve and I were so happyto see him on Marco this pass winter.. our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family..fondly. Jeanne and Steve Gulick

    April 23, 2015
    jeanne &steve gulick -
  • We are so sorry to hear of Joe’s death. Everyone at South Seas East knew to go to Joe if you had any questions about how things were done there. He was a friendly super guy and will be missed by all his neighbors in building C and the whole complex.

    April 23, 2015
    Howard and Donna Ratliff -
  • Thinking of you all….
    We were so sorry to hear of Joe’s passing.
    May your memories get you through this difficult time.

    April 23, 2015
    Joe & Maria Tomas and Family -
  • We were so sorry to hear of Mr. Marchese’s passing. Mr. Marchese and our Dad worked together for many years at IBEW Local 208 and he was such a wonderful friend. Traveling to Florida after my Dad’s retirement, the Marcheses generously offered for us to stay at their beautiful Marco Island condo. It was one of many generous gestures Mr. Marchese would always make to our family. We will remember him with many fond memories and we hope the beautiful memories you hold in your hearts helps you through this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. The Kinlock Family

    April 24, 2015
    Karen, Einar and Raymond Kinlock -
  • I’m so sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. I had him as a patient and I just wanted to say that through everything, he was such a joy, the wording in this was absolutely correct, he was ALWAYS smiling and always concerned for everyone else around him. He left an impression on me, he was full of laughter even if I only got to know him for a short period of time, it seemed like years (as he told me all about his family and how proud he was of his kids and everyone). Again, I’m so sorry for your loss… Sincerely,

    Kelly (6 East)

    April 27, 2015
    Kelly -
  • Mike & I are so sorry for hear about Joe’s passing. May the lord keep you in his loving hands…

    Mike & Rosemary (Bandini) Montlick – April 30,2015

    April 30, 2015
    Mike & Rosemary (Bandini) Montlick -
  • I worked with Joe and the boys for many years, he was a great guy and friend. Our condolences to Vera and the family. Ed and Sharon Hickey

    April 30, 2015
    Ed Hickey -
  • Jim and Family,

    I am very sorry to hear about the passing of your father. Please accept our deepest sympathy. Our prayers are with you and your family.

    Wayne Allen and Family

    May 1, 2015
    Wayne Allen and Family -
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