Joseph Isola, of Newtown, Conn., died Monday, December 30, 2019. He was 96.
Joe, otherwise known as Pop, Poppy, or Uncle Joe, was born on December 29, 1923, in Roccasecca, Italy, to Louis and Maria Isola. He emigrated to the United States in 1938. He lived in Mamaroneck, N.Y., along with his parents; an older sister, Antoinette; and a younger brother, Thomas.
Joe graduated from Mamaroneck High School in 1944 and served in the United States Marine Corps during World War II. He was stationed in the South Pacific.
On September 28, 1957, he married Marie Grace Fraioli. They lived in Mamaroneck until retiring to Hilton Head, S.C., where they lived for 20 years. The couple moved to Connecticut in 2009 to be closer to family.
Joe worked as a carpenter and a greenskeeper. Most of his career was as an HVAC technician for Robison Inc of Hartsdale, N.Y.
Joe loved his family deeply. He was known as a man of few words but someone who could always be counted on to help a friend or family member. He liked to play cards and to watch the Yankees.
Joe is survived by his wife, Marie, of Newtown; his son, Joe, daughter-in-law, Lori, and grandson, Austin, of Newtown; and his granddaughter, Melanie, of Marina del Rey, Calif.
Friends may call at the Honan Funeral Home, 58 Main Street, Newtown, on Friday, January 3, from 4 to 7 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, January 4, at 10 am in St Rose of Lima Church in Newtown.