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.