Cusimano & Russo Funeral Home

2005 West 6th St, Brooklyn, NY


Joseph "Joe Pisa" Sanfratello

Passed away on May 12, 2020

Joseph "Joe Pisa" Sanfratello passed away on May 12, 2020 and is under the care of Cusimano & Russo Funeral Home.

Private Family Visitation will be held on May 15, 2020 at 8:00 am at Cusimano & Russo Funeral Home, 2005 W 6th St, Brooklyn, New York. Committal Service will be held on May 15, 2020 at 11:00 am at Saint John Cemetery, 80-01 Metropolitan Ave, Middle Village, New York.

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  • Private Family Visitation

    Friday, May 15, 2020

  • Committal Service

    Friday, May 15, 2020


Joseph "Joe Pisa" Sanfratello

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Michael Ammirabile

May 27, 2020

This is Michael Ammirabile from Howard Beach. I just wanted to say how sorry I was to hear of Joe’s passing. I was absolutely shocked when I heard. I saw him only a couple of months ago before the store shut down. I will always have fond memories of him. He was always so generous when I came into the store and my kids always loved when he gave them mozzarella sticks. I will be sure to keep Joe and your family in my prayers during this terrible time. Again my condolences. God bless.

Jonathan Argenziano

May 21, 2020

I knew him my whole life. At the store like all the kids that came in he always was friendly and gave all of us a piece of mozzarella.I found out today that he’s gone. My reaction is, to be the best that I could be. So I could make him proud. When I got home, Joe was one of the people I had to see. Was so happy when I saw him and everyone at the store. Joe is a big part of my childhood. I’m thinking he’s having a good time with my dad, Joe Capone in heaven. Even as I write this. Joe will always be in thoughts and heart. Thank you for being in my life

Nunzio Pomara

May 18, 2020

Our heart felt condolences for the loss of the beloved Joe. He will be remembered for his generosity and good heart.

Nunzio and Vita Pomara

Liborio Pomara

May 18, 2020

Our deepest condolences for your loss. Joe was a beautiful person inside and out; he was always pleasant and very giving. Our deepest condolences goes out to the family, Liborio Ina Pomara e famiglia.

Santino Dastolfo

May 17, 2020

I work for alps provisions and I’ve been delivering to the store since 2013. Joe always made sure I left with a bag of food. He even chased me out to the truck a couple of times to make sure he gave me something. Really nice guy. Glad I had the chance to know him. See you on the other side brother.

Gianluca, Alessia, Isabella, Julia Frank, Sofia, Luciano, Dominic

May 17, 2020

Gianluca - Uncle Joe I’m going to miss all the times you wanted to kick my butt. I’ll never forgot all the times you took me for a haircut and a trip to McDonalds. I will never forget about you!

Alessia - Uncle Joe “my god daddy” I’m going to miss you calling me your girlfriend. I’ll forever treasure that. I’m going to miss singing and dancing for you. You are always going to be in my heart!

Isabella - I’m going to miss visiting you. My favorite memories are being by your house and eating pizza on Sundays. It was my favorite day.

Julia - I'm going to miss you running around after all of us. We had so much fun.

Frank - I’m going to miss you chasing me around the house. Sunday’s at Uncle Joe’s was always my favorite.

Sofia - I’m going to miss you chasing after me. You are my favorite monster.

Luciano - I wish you were still here to run after me too and play silly games with me.

Dominic - I’ll miss all your hugs and kisses. I wish you were here to chase me around like you did with my big brother.

Uncle Joe, you will forever be in our hearts. We love and miss you so much.

Gianluca, Alessia, Isabella, Julia, Frank, Sofia, Luciano & Dominic

Bartolomeo, Enza, Francesca Salvatore, Frankie

May 16, 2020

Uncle Joe was one of a kind. He was full of life. Truly loved by all. Our family has lost it’s compass and our foundation. In our grief we take comfort in our beautiful memories. We were so lucky to have an uncle like you. You were always the fun uncle who would play with us growing up. When we grew up you continued that tradition with our kids. You’re great nieces and nephews love you so much! We are going to miss watching you chase them around the house. It is going to be hard navigating our new normal without you. You were a treasure. Our love for you is endless. We will never forget your beautiful soul. May you Rest In Peace and watch over us as you always have.
Love Always & Forever
Your Nieces & Nephews

Johnyboy Palmiero

May 16, 2020

Dear Joe
I moved into Bensonhurst 44 years ago. And that way my first experience meeting you. As everyone has stated I don’t believe I can say it better you were a legend on Kings Hwy. I’ve never heard negative word spoken about you as everyone has stated before . me and my family will miss you greatly and eating mozzarella will never be the same.
A person like you dies twice in his life first the day he passes and second the day last person who Utters his name . So 100 years from now RIP
My condolences to your three sisters
Your Mom and your nieces and nephews
And your entire family who also made us feel Special

Vinny Dacchille

May 16, 2020

I’m so deeply saddened to hear of Joe’s passing. Joe is someone I can say that I remember my entire life, from when I was a kid I can remember walking through the door at Pisa and immediately Joe would greet me and my Mom, ask about our family and would always give us a fresh riceball and a slice of my favorite cold cut. Joe had a way of making everyone he met feel like the most important person in the world. No matter how busy he was, he would always personally greet everyone that walked into Pisa. This is the Joe that I’ll always remember, and I’m certain that everyone that knew him feels the same way. It was such a pleasure to know you, I can’t think of Joe Pisa and not smile with countless fond memories, you definitely made our neighborhood a better place. May God and all the angels welcome you to heaven our dear friend. 🙏🏼♥️

Ray Denaro

May 15, 2020

At 14 years old Joe took me in to work at Pisa Pork Store and it was easily the best experience of my life. Joe was more than a boss. He was a friend, he was family and above all else he was a role model. The one thing I will always remember about Joe was his amazing ability to make you feel like you were the only person in the room. A packed store with a line out the door, hundreds of customers day in and day out and he knew every detail about your life, your families. He’d ask about a sick relative, a new job, a new baby, a new car. Every person Joe came in contact with was the most important person at that moment. Only a man with a heart of gold can do that. I worked for Joe for almost 10 years and visited the store at least once a month after that and he always had a smile on his face. Always. No matter what mood you were in he put a smile on your face instantly. Thank you for the best childhood memories Joe. Thank you for always making me feel like the most important person in the world. To the beautiful, loving Sanfratello family, it has always been an honor to be apart of your second family. I hold you all so close to my heart. Your family, especially Joe have been the cornerstone of our little neighborhood in Gravesend and in so many families. Joe’s legacy will forever live on. Always smile, because Joe would not have it any other way. My thoughts and condolences are with everyone grieving over the loss Joe as he has certainly impacted the lives of everyone he’s come in contact with. RIP Joe and thank you for the endless memories.


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