Joseph A. DiStefano, Jr.

January 10, 1930 - May 22, 2018 Kennett Square, PA | Age 88 Loving Husband, Son, Brother, Uncle and Friend


Joseph A. DiStefano, Jr., age 88, of Kennett Square, Pa, passed away peacefully on Tuesday May 22, 2018.

Joe was the beloved husband of Emily Mote DiStefano, with whom he shared 66 years of marriage. He was a graduate of Kennett High School and proudly served in the U.S. Army.

Born in West Chester, PA in 1930, he was the son of the late Joseph, Sr. and Mary DiStefano. In concert with his father and brother, he built DiStefano’s mushroom growing business, in Avondale PA., retiring in 1991 after over 50 years.

Joe was an avid golfer, longtime member of the Penn Oaks Golf Club, and enjoyed his annual trip to Hilton Head, SC with his wife Emily and friends from around the North East.

In addition to his wife Emily, he is survived by his sisters-in-law Alma L. DiStefano and Margaret M. Hood, nieces Toni Marie, Nancy, Kathie DiStefano, Debbie Hood and nephews Mike and Bill Singleton and their families as well as numerous cousins.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by two sisters, Mary Singleton and Shirley DiStefano, and brother Emidio DiStefano.

His service and burial will be held privately.

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His service and Burial will be held privately


  1. Hey Emily,
    Thought of you guys often during the years, and just now at the computer seeing that the PGA Tour is in your neighborhood this week decided to google “Reds”…………only to discover he is gone. Very sorry for your (everyone’s) loss. Kindest regards, Bob Walton, Hilton Head

    Bob Walton | September 5, 2018 at 7:30 PM
  2. Deepest condolences to Emily.
    Junior you are sorely missed by those of us who loved and respected you and Emily.
    We will always remember your kindness to us when we were kids and spent many happy weekends at Aunt Mary and Uncle Joe’s.
    May you Rest In Peace
    Diann, Sandy, Laura, Raymond Malospiriti

    Sandy Looby | June 8, 2018 at 12:33 PM
  3. Dear Emily
    I just got word of Red’s passing, yesterday and read his obituary today. I hope you are doing well and that he passed without much suffering. He was a good friend and will always be remembered by me. I always enjoyed our golf and golf trips with him. He was a true gentleman and a good friend.
    Bob Volko

    Robert Volko | June 8, 2018 at 12:22 PM
  4. Dear Emily
    Although Reds and I lost touch with each other, I will always remember the fun we shared playing golf.
    Please accept my deepest my sympathy

    Bert Bertrando | June 1, 2018 at 11:42 AM
  5. Dear Emily, I want to extend my and my family`s sincerest sympathy to you for the passing of Reds.
    May you have all God`s peace. Sincerely, Patsy (DiJoseph) Vanderkraats

    Patsy Vanderkraats | May 30, 2018 at 9:15 PM
  6. I have so many memories of our family and now it’s diminishing by nearly 3 in a matter of days. If it’s true that we Catholics upon death see our mothers and I know for fact Aunt Mary is totally happy. May God rest Juniors soul and Tommy as well. Emily God speed. Love to all in our family

    Shirley-anne Heath | May 30, 2018 at 7:24 PM
  7. I was so sad to hear of his passing! I got to know “Reds” when we both worked at Wyncote Golf Club in Oxford. He was a dear man, always very kind, always seemed to be enjoying his time keeping the golfers in line! Plus I found out later on that I also knew his lovely wife Emily, who frequented another place that I worked, Molly’s. My deepest condolences to all of the family. May you find peace knowing that there will be another angel on the greens of heaven.

    Love, Judy Woods

    Judy Woods Nowark | May 30, 2018 at 2:46 PM

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