Joseph DeFalco, 96, passed away after a short illness on Aug 31, 2020 at the Advent Hospital, Ocala, Fl. He was a kind and gentle soul who only saw the good in everyone. He was born in Pomigliano, Italy in 1924. He grew up during WWII, Mussolini's dictatorship and the Allied bombing of Italy. He was ordained a priest in 1947 and he left Italy for an assignment to St. Ann Church in Ossining, NY. When he saw a need, he answered it. While assigned there, he spent time in Puerto Rico and Mexico in order to learn the language and culture of the Hispanic parishioners. He left the ministry to teach languages at NY State University and complete his doctorate in linguistics. He was predeceased by his wife, Olga, on March 2015. He dedicated his retirement years to doing charitable work, continuing to study theology and research, participating in an interfaith Bible study and working with the prison ministry. He is survived by his daughters Teana and Nora, their husbands Jeff and Robert, 2 grandsons and 3 great-grandchildren, and 4 special nieces and their children. He lived a full and beautiful life, filled with love and God's blessings. A mass will be held at Blessed Trinity Catholic Church in Ocala, Florida.
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