Joseph L. DeGennaro, 90, of 748 Ridge Road, Orange passed away Thursday, July 28, 2011 at the CT Hospice, Branford surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Madeline Ascenzia DeGennaro. Born in New Haven on May 31, 1921; son of the late Francesco and Giovanina DiPalma DeGennaro. Joseph had served his country faithfully in the U.S. Army 2nd Battalion 41st Armored Infantry Regiment during WW II and had fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He had worked as an upholsterer for Colony Furniture of Waterbury for many years until his retirement and was a charter member of the West Haven Italian-American Civic Association. Beloved father of Frank J. (Patricia Villano) DeGennaro of West Haven, Phyllis A. (Scott) Moon of Groton, Gina M. (Michael) Keyes of Orange. Loving poppy of Nicole (Mario) Coppola, Joseph Testa, Ashley and Michael Keyes, Jr. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. The family would like to extend a special “Thank You” to the CT Hospice, Branford and the Orange VNA for the excellent care and comfort they provided.
His funeral procession will leave the North Haven Funeral Home, 36 Washington Avenue Monday morning at 10:30. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Monday from 9:00 to 10:30 am. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated in Holy Infant Church at 11:00. Interment with full military honors will follow in St. Lawrence Cemetery. Should friends desire memorial contributions may be made to the CT Children’s Medical Center, 282 Washington St., Hartford, CT 06106.