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Joseph DiBattista obituary – Harbeson, DE (1943-2014)

Joseph W. DiBattista, Jr., age 70, of Harbeson, Del., formerly of Norristown, Pa., beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother, passed away on Saturday, May 24, 2014 after a long battle with liver problems. illness at Beebe Hospital. He was surrounded by his loved ones, his wife and loving sons never left his side.

Joe was an avid fisherman; he spent most of his time here in the community trying to make things better for the fishing community. Joe was past president of the Delaware Mobile Surf-Fishermen Club and a director and member of the Friends of the Park, and he served as president of the Delaware Preservation Society and the Park Watch associated with Cape Henlopen State Park. If you saw him there, he was directing traffic, teaching beach driving, organizing fishing tournaments for both adults and children, and whatever else was needed to make the park a place for everyone. It was his home away from home.

He was born on August 19, 1943 in Norristown, Pennsylvania, in the Black Horse area of ​​the city, son of the late Joseph W. and Emma DiBattista. He liked Buddies Water Ice, Penny’s Pizza, Eve’s Zeps and Tony Luke’s pork sandwiches. Joe loved motorcycles, fast cars and good times.

Joe was a loving brother to his family and was preceded in death by his father, Joseph W. DiBattista, Sr.; his mother, Emma DiBattista; a brother, Anthony DiBattista, who died before Joe met him; and a loving nephew, John DiBattista.

Joe is survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Marla L. (Myers) DiBattista. Marla wrote: “Thank you Joe for helping me become the person I am. I loved you with all my heart and helped me raise our sons into the men they have become. Joe was a friend, lover, husband, father and a loving man of great character. He always believed in fair play and always let you know if you were right or wrong. He always believed that things could always be better and he never gave up.

Joe was a loving father to his son, Joseph DiBattista of King Prussia, Pennsylvania, and his wife, Kim, and their children, Joey and Mia; a son, Vincent DiBattista, and his wife, Amy, of Harbeson, Del., and his beloved grandson, Gino; a son, Jason DiBattista; and his daughter Bella, who lives at home. When his boys were growing up, it was part of life: “What’s on tonight?” He was a scout leader, a baseball coach, taught Vinnie golf, pee-wee football games, high school ball, or drove 300 miles at least twice a week to see the college football games in which his son played. his life. The remaining days he lived his dreams, lived near the beach, fished, had a family he was so proud of and spent days with Gino, playing and teaching him all his secrets in life. His last concerns were making sure his boys would be okay, that Gino wouldn’t forget him and that they would all know how much he loved them.

Joe is also survived by his sister, Grace DiBattista of Norristown, Pennsylvania; a brother, Salvatore DiBattista, and his wife, Joanne, of Trappe, Pennsylvania; a nephew, Anthony DiBattista, and his daughters, Chelsea and Erin, who live in Elverson, Pennsylvania; and the late John DiBattista’s wife, Kelly DiBattista, of Pottstown, Pennsylvania, and her children, Ryan and Emma.

A celebration of his life will take place on Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 2:00 PM at the Biden Center at Cape Henlopen State Park, 15099 Cape Henlopen Drive, Lewes, DE 19958. Burial will be private.

Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.melsonfuneralservices.com.

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