Joseph Edward DeLaurentis, MD passed away on November 8,, 2018 from pulmonary fibrosis, just shy of his 96th birthday.
He was born to Joseph and Maddalena DeLaurentis in Wayne, Pennsylvania. A graduate of St. Joseph’s College in Philadelphia, he received his medical degree from Southwestern Medical School in Dallas thanks to the GI bill. He served in the US Navy from 1949-1952 after which he began his career in industrial medicine at the DuPont Experimental Station, serving as Director of the Medical Division until retiring in 1983. He continued working, first as a consultant for DuPont, then part time at the Edgemoor Plant until 1995.
Joe enjoyed golf, tennis, reading and spending time on the beach in Stone Harbor, NJ with his devoted family. He was a man of great faith who attended daily mass until his illness prevented it.
He is survived by his loving wife of 71 years, Ethel Lillie (Lil), whom he adored. Other survivors are daughters Justina Pedante (Domenic), Donna DeLaurentis (Richard), Gilda Gallo (Clarence), son David, grandchildren Thomas John Shopa, Jr. (Valeriya), Andrea Sereni, Cara Shopa, Timothy Shopa (Laura), Nicholas Shopa (Mark), Mark Pedante (Emily), Leanne Pedante (Miles), Nicole Leitner (Ben), Joseph Gallo, Ben DeLaurentis, Max Gallo, Christina DeLaurentis, and great grandsons Bruno, George, and Bernard Shopa, and Cary Pedante.
The family would like to thank the staff at Rockland Place for the loving care Joe received this past year, as well as the staff at Seasons Hospice for their care and support in his final days.
A viewing will be held on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 beginning at 9:00am followed by a funeral mass at 10:30am at St. Joseph on the Brandywine, Greenville, Delaware. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, please contribute to a charity of your choice.