HARDYSTON - Joseph Bennett Palmisano, 92, passed on Sunday April 9, 2017, at home in Hardyston. Joe was born in New York City in 1925 before moving to Providence, R.I., as a young child. At age 19, Joseph served in the U.S. Army. World War II veteran, Company B., 386 Infantry Regiment, 97th Division, Joseph served in many campaigns throughout Europe, under Gen. George Patton. He was the recipient of the World War II Victory medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign medal, American Campaign medal, Combat Infantry badge, Silver Star, and Purple Heart. On Oct. 25, 1952, Joseph was wed to his love, Rose Costa, of Jersey City. He was a devoted husband to Rose for 61 years. Together, they raised their four children. In 1963, Joe and Rose moved their family to Sussex County. Joe was a machinist by trade, employed by and retired from Picatinny Arsenal. Joseph and Rose retired to Toms River in 1983. After retirement, Joe was a business owner and entrepreneur. Joe and Rose returned to Sussex County in 2004. Joe loved music and dancing; especially the big band era. Joe had a passion for creating stained glass pieces, enjoyed singing in the chorus and was an avid chess player. Joe especially enjoyed playing chess with his six grandsons, all of whom he taught to play. Joseph was very patriotic and enjoyed keeping up with current events. Joe had the gift of storytelling; with his sharp mind, great wit and a sense of humor, his stories came to life. Joe was a man of God, loved his family, and life. Joseph is now reunited in heaven with his loving wife, Rose, of 61 years. Joseph was father of Angela, Frank, Thomas and Raymond Palmisano; grandfather of Michael, Austin, Joseph, Tyler, Anthony, and Nicholas; great-grandfather of Alexus and TJ (Thomas Joseph); friend to many, loved by all. Joseph will be honored at a Mass of the Resurrection on Saturday, May 20, at noon, St. Jude's Roman Catholic Church, Hamburg, followed by a graveside service.
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