Joseph P. Barbieri

March 6, 1923March 26, 2021

Joseph P. Barbieri of New York City and Chicago, President of the performing arts publication Stagebill, passed away peacefully at home on March 26th, 20 days after his 98th birthday. Raised in Brooklyn, Joe graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School after which he joined the Army Air Corps. He served with distinction during World War II as a bombardier in the 459th Bomb Group, 758th Squadron. For his heroism, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. After the war, Joe attended Princeton University and the University of Miami, and played football for both schools.

Joe began his career in advertising sales, working for Hearst Magazines and Curtis Publishing Company. He later ventured into a new endeavor as President of Stagebill, the nation’s largest publisher of performing arts magazines, serving venues such as Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Carnegie Hall, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the San Francisco Opera, the National Theater in Washington D.C. and Orchestra Hall and the Civic Opera House in Chicago. The company published magazines for 66 separate arts organizations, producing 50,000 programs daily. Joe remained President of the publication until its sale.

In retirement, Joe and his wife Maria enjoyed international travel, spending part of the year at their home in Brazil. Joe was a life-long adventurer, risk taker and visionary. He golfed and fished world-wide and was a passionate fan of the New York Yankees.

Joe is predeceased by his beloved wife, Maria Luiza de Sa and his devoted sisters, Adelaide B. Iacono and Teresa M. Barbieri. He is survived by his beloved son, Joseph P. Barbieri Jr., his nieces and nephews Karen Iacono Ustick, Steven J. Iacono (Alicia), Paul D. Iacono (Jeanne), Laura Iacono Mangone (Mario), as well as six great-nieces and nephews and five great-grandniece and nephews, who will forever cherish his memory and legacy. He will also be missed by extended family members and devoted and steadfast friends.


  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, March 31, 2021


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Charles Phillips

March 31, 2021

For the last thirty years, Joe was a dear friend and a bridge to the memory of my parents and their generation - the streets of Brooklyn, depression, war, young men defending the Old World and building the New, triumphs and tragedies, joys and sorrows. We relished talking about football and golf, but even more I loved Joe’s personal narrative - truly the quintessential American life. I treasure his memory - comfortably rumpled, his glasses slightly askew, the wry smile and the twinkle in his eyes as he shared a story.

My best regards and condolences to Joe’s family and a special thanks to his devoted niece Laura.

Joe, Godspeed my friend.

Charles Phillips

Jeanie Columbo

March 30, 2021

I wish I could hear Uncle Joe tell me stories about my grandmother ( His Aunt Gertie) one more time. I wish I could hear him say, ‘We’ll do cawfee’. I wish I could have another dinner with his sister, Terri & have her put cheese directly into my mouth! I wish I could have Addie tell me again how we’re related. They were so special. I will miss them & be grateful for how they touched my lifebforever!
Ironic that I sat on this bench in Central Park when I got the call about Uncle Joe! I hope the photo comes through!
Love to his wonderful family!


March 30, 2021

Jim and I spent many wonderful times with Joe and Maria thru the past 50 years. Jim loved to play golf with Joe and they belonged to the Southern Seniors tournaments together,Wonderful memories of all the good times. Joe was a very special person.Love Rachel Thompson

Bobby Sanetra

March 30, 2021

Joe was like a father figure and a mentor to me, I could say he gave me a start to all things good and helped make me a more ambitious hardworking person, He will always be remembered as part of the greatest generation to me and to others , He was a truly great man, God bless men like Joe for fighting for our freedom! Rest in peace Joe, your friend, Bobby Sanetra.

ines sa

March 29, 2021

Whoever had the privilege of living long knows that time is a very capricious master. Sometimes their lessons are so sudden that they almost drown us. Other times they deposit slowly, like the dropper, in view of the greed of our questions.
For this reason, whoever has had the privilege of living a long time, learns to look serenely at the whirlwind of life. Fiery loves are extinguished, urgencies are calmed, agile steps are relentless.

Anyway, everything changes. Love changes, people change, family changes, only time remains the same, always passing by. ”

Our lives
Uncle Joe has had this privilege

Ines Sa

March 29, 2021

I will be forever grateful for what Uncle Joe and Aunt Maria did for me.
They supported me to graduate in medicine giving me the chance to change the direction of my life
Uncle Joe was a strong man and will be always in my memories