Deacon Joseph Fuoco

(Nov 7, 1920 to Nov 5, 2011)

Recently, when speaking of Deacon Joe, a priest stated simply, “He is St. Peter’s Church.” His devotion to the church was always readily apparent. More than a congregant, he started as an usher, became a Eucharistic Minister, and completed the diaconate program in 1978 from which he since earned status as the oldest active deacon in Trenton Diocese. Sunday mornings found him at the church doors, warmly welcoming his parish. When he delivered the homily, the Lord spoke through him. rnrnHe was a member of the Color Corp, American Legion, and a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus (K of C). He was chaplain of the Fourth Degree and the VFW. He also bowled on a local league. Joe facilitated and supervised the construction of the St. John Neumann Hall, Delran. Dedication to his parish, community, family, and friends twice earned him the title Man of the Year. He was also recipient of the Trenton Diocese “Nostrum Ecclesiam Tempus” award, a Sir Knight of the K of C, and recognized for his chaplain services at K of C. Above all, Joe was a family man–a son, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, cousin, nephew, uncle. rnrnThe child of Italian immigrants, he worked alongside his father and brothers in the family construction business. He proudly served in the US Navy (USS Ammen) during WWII. Upon return, he wooed Josephine Capobianco, which led to their 64-year marriage. Their lives were blessed by their children: Judy Sutton (Tom) of Delran and Dr. Frederick Fuoco (Rhonda Vinet) of New Orleans; and again by their grandchildren: Michelle Sutton-Kerchner (Jeff), Christina Rutledge (Bill), Sandy Farley (Troy) and Kara and Ericka Fuoco; and great-grandchildren: Max, Alexandra, Jessica, Jack, Benjamin, Joseph and Andrew. Joe is survived by his wife, Josephine; his brother, Carmen (Nancy) of Delran, his sister-in-law, Alison Fuoco of Riverside, many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Frederico and Sylvia (nee Marino), one brother and two sisters. rn rnCelebrate Joe’s 90 devoted years (Nov. 7, 1920-Nov. 5, 2011) Wednesday from 6-9 PM and Thursday 10-10:45AM at Jesus the Good Shepherd Church (St. Peter’s site), Riverside. Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 11:00AM. Interment in the Fuoco mausoleum–built by Joe, his father, and brother–at St. Peter’s Cemetery, Riverside. Donations to Jesus the Good Shepherd Church, 101 Middleton St., Riverside, NJ 08075 are appreciated. Arrangements by the Sweeney Funeral Home, Riverside. rn

5 thoughts on “Deacon Joseph Fuoco

  1. Deacon Larry & Jodie Finn

    Josephine and family .. a life so well lived .. and so loved .. especially by the Diaconate community .. we now have a very special envoy in heaven .. may the peace of Christ, your memory of Joeseph and the love of family and prayers of many comfort you now and in the days to come ..

  2. Dee Cross

    Dear Jo, .. I remember when we first met… over 20 years ago and I was so struck at the time by the relationship you, Buddy and the whole family had. As an only child, I remember thinking.. what fun..everyone talking at once.. laughing … caring…how lucky you all were to have such a great patriarch… I remember the fun loving, mischevious (sneaking out with Al to get a smoke) man who was an inspiration to all of us. He will be missed.. but we were all so lucky to have known him. God grant you peace in knowing that he is no longer suffering and will be watching over you. Much love, Dee

  3. Frederick John LaVergne and Family

    Our family offers our sincere condolences to the Fuoco family, as well as our thanks for sharing Deacon Joe with the Parish all these years…big shoes to fill for the next guy, but you know who will be standing at their shoulder.rnrnFJL

  4. Patricia M. Thomas

    I met Mr. Fuoco in June, 2011. Every morning while he walked his dog, he would come and take his Burlington County Times from me. He was always cordial and so warm. I will truly miss him.

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