Joseph Gaetano

Joseph Gaetano

Tuesday, September 11th, 1923 Sunday, April 12th, 2020

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Obituary for Joseph A. Gaetano

Joseph A. Gaetano, age 96 of Oxford, former longtime resident of Derby, he entered into peaceful rest on April 12, 2020 at Shady Knoll Health Care, Seymour; he was the beloved husband of 73 years to Shirley (Johnson) Gaetano. Mr. Gaetano was born September 11, 1923, in Derby, son of the late Carmen and Mary (Pompa) Gaetano. Joseph was a WW II U.S. Army Veteran, he had served in the Asiatic Pacific Theater. He was a member of the John H. Collins Post24, American Legion, Derby. Joseph was a Communicant of St. Nicholas Parish, Saint Augustine Church. He was also a New England Patriots fan, and enjoyed watching football. Joseph will be missed at the weekly poker games he enjoyed at the Seymour and Oxford Senior Centers.

In addition to his beloved wife Shirley, Joseph also leaves his loving family including his daughter, Linda Verme and her husband Frank of North Haven; his son, Carmen Gaetano and his wife Donna of Summerville, SC; a brother, Thomas Gaetano and his wife Marion of Derby, and his sister, Carol Joyce of Derby; he also leaves 4 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

There are no services at this time. A Memorial Service in celebration of Joseph’s life will be held at a later date. The Ralph E. Hull Funeral Home, 161 West Church Street, Seymour is entrusted with the arrangements. Please share a memory online at

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  • American Legion
  • Army
  • Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Ribbon
  • Connecticut State Flag
  • Crucifix
  • Good Conduct Medal
  • Philippine Liberation Medal
  • Roman Catholic Church
  • WWII Victory Medal

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Ann Wilkinson Ryan

I have such wonderful memories while growing up with Joe and Shirley. My deepest sympathy to my cousins!
Comment | Posted at 03:31pm via Condolence

Dolores Nappi

Shirley and sad to hear about Joes passing.He was such a sweetheart...remember him from my years at St Mary’s with you Lin....then again at St Augustines where he and Shirley were so welcoming.
🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻Prayers for all of you

Dee & Ray Nappi
Comment | Posted at 12:45pm via Condolence

Joseph Cavagnuolo

Worked at Hull Dye with Mr. Gaetano years ago. He was a kind person and caring fellow. My deepest sympathy to his family.

Joe Cavagnuolo
Comment | Posted at 12:11pm via Condolence

Jack Sheehy

Mrs. Gaetano, Linda and Carmen you have my deepest sympathy. I have wonderful memories of your family.
Jack Sheehy
Comment | Posted at 09:07am via Condolence

Pamela Finkle

My Uncle Joe was a really special man. He loved my sister and Me very much and we loved him in return. A sweet and gentle man who will be greatly missed. A life well lived💕
Comment | Posted at 05:48pm via Condolence

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