Joseph S. DiStefano

June 11, 1927March 20, 2020

Joseph S. DiStefano of Rocky Hill passed away peacefully on March 20, 2020 embraced by the loving arms of His Lord. Joe was born on June 11, 1927 in Lawrence, Massachusetts. He was the son of the late Salvatore and Rosaria (Contarino) DiStefano. Joe was employed for 26 years as a housing inspector for the City of Hartford. He was a faithful parishioner of St. Patrick-St. Anthony Church in Hartford for many years. Joe was commissioned as a Eucharistic Minister and dedicated his time to distributing Holy Communion at St. Patrick-St. Anthony Church, Hartford Hospital, and St. Francis Hospital, fulfilling other roles there as well. He was a gentle and loving man, always eager to help, and embrace new opportunities with enthusiasm. His lifelong love of the theatre led to volunteer assignments at the Bushnell Memorial, the Hartford Stage, and the Learning Corridor stage productions. He took great pride in his work and received numerous awards and accolades for his volunteer service. In addition to time helping others, Joe ran his successful J.D. Travel Club for several years, planning day and overnight bus trips for his friends. Joe was a source of joy and comfort to those who knew him.

Joe was predeceased by his sister, Grace (DiStefano) Levesque, and his dear friend, Benedict Abile. He leaves a nephew, John Michael Jovino of Lehigh Acres, Florida, cousins in Methuen, Massachusetts, and Kennebunk, Maine, as well as a host of caring friends.

Burial services at Mount St. Benedict Cemetery in Bloomfield were conducted by D'Esopo Funeral Chapel, Wethersfield, Connecticut. Because of government restrictions, no public service was allowed. A memorial service will be held at St. Patrick-St. Anthony Church at a later date. Donations in Joe's name may be made to St. Patrick-St. Anthony Church in Hartford, Connecticut or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, in Memphis, Tennessee.


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Pat Tedesco (Malena)

June 9, 2020

I am so saddened to hear of Joe’s passing. He was one of the kindest, caring people I know. His friendship with my dad goes way back and continued as we grew up.
I have so many fond memories of times spent on the back porch of his home.
Joe and Ben also created all the beautiful bouquets and centerpieces for my wedding. They were beautiful! Joe will always hold a special place in my heart ❤️.
May he Rest In Peace now.

Joe Malena

June 7, 2020

So sad to hear of Joe's passing. Our family knew him my entire life. We shared many good memories with Joe and Benny as well as my godmother Grace. He was a good man and will be missed. My condolences to his family. God Bless...

Janelle Duff

April 18, 2020

Joe D was just the sweetest. Loved visiting with him. He was so found of the "soap on a rope" we made from an old sock, shoelace and a bar of soap he had at his house...showed him how to make a slipknot for it and everytime I visited he would be so thankful for it...found delight/happiness in the littlest things. Will miss you Joe and your endless supply of Peanut Butter Wuthers originals candies :( Janelle Duff OT

Erin McCallon-Estremera

April 1, 2020

Joe was one of a kind. His bright smile and compassionate manner were legendary at Hartford Hospital where he volunteered for many, many years. Joe was a beacon of light in this world and personified a life in service to others. He was a humble, caring, faithful man with a quiet walk and a boisterous spirit. He rarely forgot a name, he never forgot a face and he always extended his hand. I know he is already asking our Heavenly Father for a job in heaven. No job for you in heaven my friend, other than to rest in Paradise and know that you are home. Peace be with you through all eternity with God. I will miss you until we see each other again in His Kingdom.

Raymond Woollett

March 31, 2020

I am deeply saddened by the passing of Joseph DiStefano. I have never known anyone so caring, selfless and thoughtful. I have known him for many years and he was always cheerful and smiling. I have never known anyone so dedicated to his life-long parish or to so many organizations he cared about and volunteered for. I do know he will be welcome into eternal paradise.

Raymond Woollett

March 31, 2020

I am deeply saddened by the passing of Joseph DiStefano. I have never known anyone so caring, giving and selfless during his entire life. He was always ready to cheer anyone up. I have never known anyone so dedicated to his life-long parish or to any of the numerous volunteer organizations he participated in. I have known him for many years and he always had a smile for everyone.
I don’t know anyone who will be more welcome into eternal paradise.

Randall DiStefano

March 29, 2020

I am very sorry to hear of Joe's passing. I never had the honor of meeting Joe but he was my fathers first cousin. I hope his family can find peace through this difficult time.

Angie Russo

March 29, 2020

Remembering what a kind, compassionate and loving soul Joe was. He truly was a man who lived his faith. My thoughts and prayers to Joe’s family and all those who were blessed to have known him. Rest In Peace. ❤️