Joseph J. Vassallo, of Wallkill, entered into rest, after a courageous battle with cancer, on Saturday, August 4, 2018. He was 71.
Son of the late John and Frances (Piazza) Vassallo, Joseph was born on August 21, 1946 in Brooklyn, NY.
Joe was a retired HVAC Mechanic for the VA Hudson Valley, Castle Point Campus where he worked for 30 years. In his earlier years he worked at the former Ford Motor Company assembly plant in Mahwah, NJ until its closing. A lifelong hunter, Joe enjoyed the sport with his friends Nick Losinno and George Gries, and was also a past member Black Rock Fish and Game Club.
Joe leaves behind the love of his life, Rose T. (Laraia) Vassallo. They were married in 1970, at Regina Pacis Votive Shrine in Brooklyn. In addition to his wife, survivors include a daughter, Laurie Diamantopoulos and her husband John, of Melbourne, Australia; a son, Joseph Vassallo of MN; grandson, Jeffrey Schnitzler; and sister, Theresa Vassallo of FL; three nephews and one niece. Predeceasing him were two brothers, Philip and Nicholas Vassallo.
Visitation will take place on Friday, August 10, 2018 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at the White, Venuto and Morrill Funeral and Cremation Service, 188 North Plank Road, Newburgh, NY. A Funeral Service will take place at 1:00 pm at the funeral home. The Rev. William Damroth will officiate. Entombment will follow at the Cedar Hill Garden Mausoleum.
If desired, donations may be made in Joseph’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105-9959, or stjude.org/memorial.