Joseph Joe Frank Anfuso

May 26, 1939October 13, 2012

Joseph Frank Anfuso died on October 13, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Born in San Diego May 26, 1939, to Carmelo and Vera. Joe grew up in the "Little Italy" section of San Diego, and spent over 40 years as a Chief in the Tuna Fishing Industry. Preceded in death by his father and mother. Survived by his loving wife of over 51 years, Shirley, children Joseph (Jennifer), Veralyn (Joe Carini) and Cara, grandchildren Joseph (Cristina), Louis, Joette and Gianni, great-grandchildren Arianna and Giuliana, siblings Fina Burzotta (Enzo), Rosa Anfuso, Stella Barranco, and Edward (Stacey). His big smile and bigger heart made him a dear husband, father, brother, grandfather, friend, mentor and enduring patriarch of the family. The Anfuso famiIy will forever be grateful to Dr. Jennifer Fisher for her knowledge, kindness and concern throughout this process. A special thank you to San Diego Hospice, for helping to make Joe's final days more comfortable.We will love you and miss you and keep you alive in our hearts forever; your love, advice, wisdom, laugh, and smile will never be forgotten.

Services will be held at 1:00 p.m., at Saint Agnes Church, on Friday, October 19, 2012, with burial at Holy Cross Cemetery.


  • Funeral Service Friday, October 19, 2012

Joseph Joe Frank Anfuso

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John Cefalu

October 21, 2012

many great memories shared with you during our fishing years together you will always be in my thoughts and prayers GOD BLESS YOU

Leo De Santi

October 20, 2012

Dear Anfuso Family,
I am very sorry to hear of Joe's passing. I have always held Joe in highest regard and respect. I fished with Joe while on the Mary Antoinette and often think of the many courageous decisions he made. He was all business when work had to be done and got many of us through some pretty serious mechanical breakdowns in some very rough weather conditions. He was always a beautiful person to be around with his humor, that great laugh and unforgettable smile. I am sure Joe is now in heaven with all that have gone before him, making sure that all is "running smoothly".
My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Yvonne Siragusa

October 19, 2012

Anfuso and Carini Family,
My heart goes out to a wonderful, loving family. I was sadden to hear about Joe I know he had a courageous fight with the demon "Cancer" and wouldn't leave him alone. Now he is no longer suffering but left a very sad family with great memories.
My prayers for the family and loved ones that will miss him dearly.

Mary Ann Da Luz

October 19, 2012

Shirley and family my heart breaks at this sad time for you.Prayers are with all of you. love you.Joe is at peace and he will be with you always.
Love you

Thomas Corona

October 19, 2012

I always liked being around Joe. There were always alot of laughs. Rest in peace cous.

October 19, 2012

I enjoyed being around Joe there were always alot of laughs. Joe and Shirley were always great hosts whenever I was at there home.Rest in peace cous.

Edward Lograsso

October 19, 2012

Dear Shirley and Family,
We are very sorry for your loss.
May God give all of you much peace and comfort at this difficult time. May JoJo rest in peace now as he is in the loving arms of the Lord. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. Love to all, Jackie and Eduardo Lograsso and Family

Marlene Morgan

October 19, 2012

Dear Anfuso Family,
Richard and I want to express our heartfelt sympathy to you for the loss of Joseph. We always looked forward to our visits to San Diego and enjoyed the family get togethers. Joseph was there with a warm smile and friendly conversation. May the fond memories and love that you have for Joseph provide you with comfort and support during this difficult time. Also, may his legacy live on in those treasured memories and caring hearts for generations to come. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Love, Marlene Morgan & Richard Vick

Andy and Rosella Castagnola

October 18, 2012

Shirley and Family,
Andy and I are so sorry with the passing of Joe. It was a hard battle and he fought it hard but now he is at peace and is resting in our Lord's arms in pure comfort. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

October 18, 2012

Anfuso Family: Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May you be comforted by the support of family and friends. Joe will be missed by all who knew him
Love Sal, Olivia, and Girls