HOPEWELL JUNCTION, N.Y. – Joseph P. Resta, 81, a resident of Hopewell Junction for 48 years and formerly of Poughkeepsie, died Friday, Nov. 20 at his home.
Born in Harlem May 23, 1934, he was the son of Donato and Constance Mastrovito Resta. He attended Poughkeepsie High School, where he graduated in 1953, and served in the U.S. Army. He attended and graduated the Lincoln Extension Institute and IBM apprenticeship program in 1959, and was employed as a tool and dye maker and purchaser for IBM in East Fishkill.
He married Irene Thorsdale Sept. 21, 1957 at St. Mary’s Church in Wappingers Falls.
Following his retirement, he owned and operated Joerene Sales in Hopewell Junction with his wife. He coached East Fishkill Little League and CYO basketball. He enjoyed history, swimming, baseball history, music, dancing, traveling and was an avid New York Yankees fan. He was a member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. He especially enjoyed his winters in Clearwater Beach, Fla.
He is survived by his wife; children Christine Lacenere and her husband, John, of Plainsboro, New Jersey; Joseph Resta and his wife, Theresa, of Fenton, Michigan; and Mary Resta and her fiancé Leo Johnton of Middletown; 10 grandchildren; and one niece.
In addition to his parents, he also was predeceased by his twin brother, John Resta.
Calling hours will be from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at the McHoul Funeral Home, Inc., 895 Route 82, Hopewell Junction. A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Kateri Tekakwitha Church, 1925 Route 82, LaGrangeville, followed by interment in Hopewell Cemetery with military honors.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Hospice Foundation Inc. or Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Church.
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