302-478-7100 Wilmington & Hockessin, DE

Joseph Thomas Mazzeo

Joseph T. Mazzeo died peacefully on April 5, 2018 at the age of 86 in Wilmington, DE with his family close by his side.

Joe was born in Jersey City, NJ, grew up in Hoboken, and spent his youth taking in the sights and sounds of New York City. He graduated with a BS in chemistry from Manhattan College where he also made a significant contribution playing for the Jaspers basketball team. Joe had a true affinity for the game; he attended many Final Fours, and loved to tell his grandchildren about the rec league he shared with a player named Wilt Chamberlin.

After graduation, Joe accepted his first job with the DuPont Company in Carney’s Point, and eventually managed several plants in New Jersey, Delaware, and Virginia. Throughout his successful 39-year career, he had the support of his loving wife Ann and his six children. Joe’s leadership skills and personable management style led him to meet and connect with so many people. As a couple, Joe and Ann forged meaningful and lasting friendships with coworkers and neighbors alike. Above all, Joe was happiest spending time with the family he loved, whether celebrating holidays while gathered around the dining room table or enjoying his favorite vacation spot, the Jersey shore.

Joe’s other passion in life was sports, particularly golf. In retirement, the energy he had spent in the office was spent on the course. Always striving to better his game, Joe was thrilled to achieve membership in that elusive “Hole In One Club.”  Even at age 85, he was frequently found playing with “The Sweepers” at The DuPont Country Club. He never turned down an opportunity for cards and conversation.

A devout Catholic, Joe shared his time and talents supporting Catholic education through CCD, Eucharistic Ministry and volunteer work at St. Francis hospital.

Joe was the loving father of children Joanne (Daniel) Conaty, Donna (Andy) Poth, Nancy (Richard) Robbins, Michael (Robin) Mazzeo, Tricia Mazzeo, and Stephanie (Kevin) Kit.

“Pop Joe” adored his grandchildren, Meghan Conaty, Christopher Robbins, Erin (Marshall) Jenney, Lauren (Tim) Schuster, Kate Robbins, Ashley Mazzeo, Nathan Kit and Nolan Kit. He was thrilled to see the family grow with the arrival of great granddaughter Sloane King Jenney. They will all miss him dearly, but will cherish the memories he created with each one of them. Joe also is survived by his sister Patricia Mazzeo of Fairfield, NJ.

The family would like to thank Sunrise Senior Living and Vitas for their loving and caring support.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, April 9, 2018, 11:00 AM at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church, 7 Sharpley Road, Wilmington, DE 19803. A viewing will be held prior to mass from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM. Entombment will follow the mass at All Saints Cemetery, Wilmington, DE.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church, 7 Sharpley Rd, Wilmington, DE 19803.

Funeral Services

A viewing will be held prior to mass from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM at St. Mary Magdalen Church.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, April 9, 2018, 11:00 AM at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church, 7 Sharpley Road, Wilmington, DE 19803.

Entombment will follow the mass at All Saints Cemetery, Wilmington, DE.


    patricia mazzeo lit a candle and writes,
    A candle for my beloved big brother, to light his way to Heaven.
    04/06/2018 10:58 am
    Jerry and Colleen Conaty lit a candle and writes,
    Our heartfelt prayers go out to the Mazzeo family for your loss. I wish Collen and I could be with you to share fond memories of the Patriarch of the Mazzeo mob! I hope you are at peace in knowing that he has now rejoined your mother in heaven.
    04/06/2018 12:39 pm
    Frank & Eddie McKinney lit a candle and writes,
    Our sincere condolences.
    04/06/2018 03:15 pm
    Gary & Lisa Chitwood lit a candle and writes,
    Mike, Robin, Ashley, and Family, We would like to say how sorry we are for everyone’s loss. Mr. Mazzeo had a happy and wonderful life and always cherish those memorable times you had. Our family was blessed to have met him. 🙏
    04/06/2018 06:08 pm
    Gary & Lisa Chitwood writes,
    Mike, Robin, Ashley, and Family, We would like to give our condolences for everyone’s loss. Our family had the opportunity to meet Mr. Mazzeo and that is something we will always remember. He was a great man. 🙏
    04/06/2018 06:14 pm
    Renee Irvin lit a candle and writes,
    So very sorry for the loss you all have sustained. Cherish the bountiful memories to sustain you through this tough time. May he rest in Peace.
    04/06/2018 09:48 pm
    meg mazzeo writes,
    Dear Cousin Patt - I write with sorrow at the passing of your brother Joe. I am joyful for the life he lived with Ann and their children. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. Blessings to all. Cousin Meg
    04/07/2018 12:17 am
    Bill Calloway writes,
    I worked at the DuPont Experimental Station while Joe was superintendent there. I had one to one conversations with him. Although I was just a regular craftsman, he treated me like a friend. He had a talent for remembering names, and when he walked into one of the many shops he called each of us by name. He was pleasant, and workers relaxed around him. When he spoke to a full auditorium, he had everyone's attention. He was never aloof, and always took time to listen to those who had ideas, suggestions or complaints. My perception was that he was a man others would like to have for a friend. In my experience, that was unusual. I believe God welcomed a good man to his Kingdom.
    04/07/2018 11:43 am
    The Sigler Family writes,
    May your family find comfort as “the hearer of prayer” embraces their heart (Psalms 94:19). Lean on one another for strength and encouragement to stay strong during this most difficult time.
    04/08/2018 07:23 am
    Dennis Wetmiller writes,
    To my favorite golfing buddy and father of the most respectable family I've witnessed in my lifetime. I truly hope all of his immediate family: Joanne, Donna, Nancy, Michael, TRISH, Stephanie & grandchildren will accept Pop Joe's passing as a total relief from the pain and suffering he endured since the passing of his adored wife, & loved by all, Ann. May they be joined in love, peace, and happiness in the after life forever. I regret to not attend the funeral service for my own health reasons, however my respects shall be paid spiritually in prayer and support of my true love in life Trish. The choice is to remember Joe from the times spent with he and Ann on several occasions prior to her passing. These will be cherished for the rest of my life. With humility & respect I've accepted Ann & Joe's adoption into this wonderful family which I view as second to none. Joe will be sorely missed by all that had the honor to meet and spend time with him. To the family I offer my sincere sympathy and condolences for your loss.
    04/08/2018 02:41 pm
    Tricia Mazzeo writes,
    Love you forever and ever Dad! May you Rest In Peace with Anna Banana. God Bless you both. ❤️❤️💐💐🌷🌷🌸🌸🙏🏻🙏🏻
    04/08/2018 04:23 pm
    Roy and Judy Dietz writes,
    Our prayers are with you all. We were saddened by Joe's passing as we had just received his letter in early February from Sunrise. We deeply regret not getting in touch with him immediately. We last met with Joe and Ann at the Back Burner for lunch a few years ago and thoroughly enjoyed their company. We also have fond memories of Joe and Ann as we shared the Ocean City duplex at 50th and West. Turned out Joe was my "boss" at DuPont which we didn't know at the time we purchased second floor of the duplex. They were both "good people". May God comfort you all at this difficult time.
    04/08/2018 09:36 pm
    Dennis Wetmiller lit a candle and writes,
    With regret I say a final goodby to my favorite golf buddy & good friend Joe Mazzeo. Is has been an honor to be adopted as a family member by Joe & his beloved wife Ann since early days of my relationship with their daughter Trish. The unequaled respect for Joe as a father, provider, loving husband, and a humble mentor of high standards of life shall not be overlooked in my memories. I offer my deepest sympathy to his immediate family: Joanne, Donna, Nancy, Michael, Trish, Stephanie, and all of his grand children. It is an honor to know this wonderful family & spouses which in my view are second to none. I chose to pay my respects to Joe spiritually in prayer and in support of the efforts of the love of my, Trish. He could not ask for a more loving & dedicated daughter as she is not alone among her sisters. I cherish the times spent with Joe & Ann on numerous occasions in Florida, in Delaware, on the golf course, on a phone call, at lunch or an evening dinner, and even a chat over cocktails. Joe will be sorely missed by all.
    04/08/2018 09:40 pm
    Barbara and Wayne Wilke lit a candle and writes,
    Joe was a dear friend, a tireless mentor, a leader of excellence and a wonderful man. Barbara and I will miss him. In his DuPont career he touched many people and always brought out the best in them. He was a caring and focused teacher but always held people accountable. Our deepest sympathy and prayers are with members of the Mazzeo family.
    04/09/2018 08:21 am
    Donald L. Sturgeon lit a candle and writes,
    Joe's arrival to the Seaford Nylon Plant in the late seventies is fondly remembered by those of us there for his warm accessibility and patience to listen. May he rest in the peace he so richly deserves.
    04/09/2018 09:33 am
    Jenny Kiernan writes,
    May you Rest In Peace.
    04/09/2018 04:33 pm

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