Joseph F. Palmisano, 99, of North Haven, passed away peacefully on Friday, January 9, 2015 at the Masonicare Health Center, Wallingford.  He was the beloved husband of Rose Ieva Palmisano for sixty-nine years.  Father of Carol (Alan) Mayhew, Rita Evancha and Nancy Palmisano.    Grandfather of Lisa (Brian) Hynek, Eric (Amanda) Mayhew and Kristen Evancha.  Great-Grandfather of Jeremiah Hynek.  Brother of Lena Ghirardini and the late Rose Vallombroso and Ignazio Palmisano.  Brother-in-law of Mary Palmisano and Anne D’Agostino.  Also survived by several nieces and nephews.  Joseph was born in New Haven on May 24, 1915; son of the late Andrew and Theresa Simonelli Palmisano.  As a young man he joined the National Guard and served his country faithfully when he was called to active duty in the US Army during WW II and the Korean War. Upon returning home from overseas, he worked for the former A.C. Gilbert Co. and as a part-time shoe salesman for the former Nick & Sal’s Bootery, Grand Avenue, New Haven.  He then worked full time for the National Guard where he directed the motor pool at the Ansonia Armory until his retirement in 1977.  Joseph was a member of the V.F.W. of Wallingford and an avid bowler.  He was always willing to lend a helping hand and was known as “Mr. Fix-It” by his family. He volunteered at the CT Food Bank and was an active parishioner of St. Therese Church.  As a member of the Men’s Club, he participated in many activities in support of the parish.  Joe was known for his quick wit and sense of humor.  His warm and caring nature was always in evidence.  He will be greatly missed by family and friends.

His funeral procession will leave the North Haven Funeral Home, 36 Washington Avenue, Tuesday morning at 10:30. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated in St. Therese Church at 11:00.  The visiting hours will be Monday from 4 to 8 pm.  Interment with full military honors will follow in All Saints Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Masonicare Home Health & Hospice c/o The Masonic Charity Foundation of CT, P.O. Box 70, Wallingford, CT  06492 or The Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KA  66675