Joseph Summer

August 23, 1925April 14, 2013

Joseph Summer, 87, of Brick peacefully passed away Sunday April 14th, 2013 at Ocean Medical Center, Brick, NJ surrounded by his loving family. He was born and raised in the lower East Side of New York City. As a young man he moved to Newark, NJ with his beloved wife Yetta and raised three daughters near Weequahic Park. Summers spent at the shore later prompted a move to Wanamassa. But Joe’s lifelong dream of a small horse farm materialized in Farmingdale, NJ where he spent 37 joyful years riding his horses, and reveling in the company of his cowboy buddies. He made his final home in Brick intent on living carefree with Yetta in retirement. At the outbreak of WWII, Joe enlisted in the US Navy where he trained as a pharmacist’s mate second class. Stationed in the South Pacific he served with distinction tending to wounded sailors and marines and earned military honors including an American Theater Ribbon, an Asiatic Pacific Ribbon, and a Victory Ribbon. He earned one more honor when he met Yetta Star, a vivacious hostess at a USO dance, who promised to marry him when he returned home from war. They were happily married for 67 years. Joe Summer made his living working for Tuscan Dairy, but he made his life out of his passion for horses. His barn was immaculate; his livestock were fat and sassy and his truck was enormous. He favored Resitol western hats and wore a bucking bronco belt buckle. For a holiday, he and Yetta attended the Calgary Stampede in British Columbia, Canada. He read every word printed in Western Horseman Magazine. And, he could enact from memory the Lonesome Dove roles of both Robert Duval and Tommy Lee Jones. He is survived by his wife Yetta; three daughters; Carol and favorite son-in-law Nicholas Hahn, of Fort Myers, FL, Judith and her husband Wayne Edwards, of Tinton Falls, and Denise Summer and her true love Barry Schneider, of Neptune, NJ; three grandchildren: Scott Libman, Nicole Lemme and her husband Michael, Victoria Hahn and one really great grandchild, Everett Lee. An 11:30am memorial service is scheduled for Sunday April 21st at Bloomfield-Cooper Jewish Chapels, 1300 Vermont Ave. Lakewood. Guests should arrive by 11am. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Wounded Warriors Project at


  • Memorial Service Sunday, April 21, 2013

Joseph Summer

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Sandy Rousso

April 21, 2013

Thinking about you Denise (& family). What an amazing life your father lived! xo

Jeff & Cindy

April 21, 2013

In a life time you have a few true friends....Joe was one of mine. I always considered Joe a gift. He worked hard to protect, provide and cherished his family more than any man I've ever met. He will always be remendered by us as an example of a real " CLASS ACT " . Rest in peace my friend....

The Office of Dr. Pacita Sy

April 19, 2013

We loved Cowboy Joe, he will be greatly missed.

marcia herman

April 18, 2013

loved you very uncle joe, rest in peace.

Caitlin Stewart

April 17, 2013

Good ol' cowboy. They don't make 'em like this anymore. RIP JOSEPH SUMMER!!!!!!! I never met Joe, but my good friend bought his old place. <3 He seemed to have lived a full life!!!

Cathy Ann Ball, VMD

April 17, 2013

I had my horse stay at Joe's place while I built my fences and barn. Great Horseman, super caring, great role model for my nephews when I brought them for a visit. Happy Trails Joe and my prayes are with Yetta and the girls. Yetta is one of the sweetest, kind persons I have ever met.

Dale Mortenson

April 17, 2013

My thoughts and prayers go out to you Denise and your family throughout this difficult time of grief. Remember Grief is the last act of love that we give to those who have passed. Please extend my deepest sympathies to your family.

Sandy harris

April 17, 2013

Please accept our condolences on the passing of your beloved "cowboy". May the many wonderful memories of your dad, husband, and grandfather, ease your pain at this sorrowful time.
Sandy & Jeff Harris