July 1, 1950 - June 26, 2020
Elmira, New York
June 26, 2020
July 1, 1950
Saturday, August 29, 2020 at 11:00 AM at St. Peter and Pauls Church, 556 St. Joseph's Blvd, Elmira, New York
Monday, August 31, 2020 at 1:00 PM at Tioga Point Cemetery, Athens, Pennsylvania
Joseph J. DeVita Jr, 69, of Elmira passed away on Friday, June 26, 2020 at home with his loving family by his side.
He was predeceased by his parents, Joseph J. and Marie “Fena” Barile DeVita Sr.
Joe is survived by his loving wife, Alison Conklin-DeVita of Elmira; his sons, Joseph (Kaitlyn Decker) DeVita III of Elmira and Luchano (Henna Herrmann) DeVita of Elmira; sister, Donna M. DeVita of Hamlin, PA; special granddaughter, Emma Paige; special nephews, Jordan Treat of Santa Monica, CA and Matthew Treat of Philadelphia, CA.
Joe graduated from Valley Forge Military Academy and went on to attend Keystone College. He then went on to follow in his father’s footsteps to serve in the Navy and serving in Vietnam. Joe returned home to work in the family garment business in Old Forge Pennsylvania. He moved to Sayre in the mid 80’s and went to work at Joyce Manufacturing and eventually moved the business into the Sayre Lingerie Building for many years. Joe most recently worked property maintenance at MP Executive Properties Inc. Joe was a certified Ski Instructor, held his single engine pilot’s license and enjoyed a round of golf and watching NASCAR. He was a very community minded person who was a former Kawaian, was instrumental in Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bradford County and the Sayre Incubator Center, a former Sayre Borough Councilman, Eldridge Park and Christmas Land in Elmira. He was also involved in Cornell Cooperative Extension.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 29, 2020 at 11:00 AM at St. Peter and Paul’s Church, 556 St. Joseph’s Blvd, Elmira, New York. Burial will be in the Tioga Point Cemetery on Monday, August 31, 2020 at 1:00 PM in Athens where Full Military Honors will be accorded. The family is being assisted by the Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, New York. Memorial donations may be made in Joe’s name to Eldridge Park, Chemung County SPCA, Big Brothers Big Sisters or volunteer at a local organization of your choice. Those wishing to send a message of sympathy to Joe’s family may visit our Facebook page or in “Obituaries” at www.blauveltfuneralhome.com
From: Dawn Griffith
He was a great person to work for, very caring. Sorry for your loss.
From: Joe Hawk
Joe was one of my favorite walmart customers. His smile was always contagious and his humor made my day. Sorry for your loss.we will miss him dearly.Peace&Love,joe
From: Hazel Hall
I am sorry for your loss. May your memories with Joe give you comfort. He was a great boss and friend. He will be missed by many. RIP Joe
From: Denise K Brotzman
Alison and sons. I'm profoundly sadden to hear of Joe's passing. He brought happiness to so many. He was my boss years ago but always my dear friend. He definitely left his mark in this life. Love to all of you! Dee
From: patrick casey
He was a great guy , always enjoy talking to him ,i feel sorry for the family an loved ones ,he will be missed dearly, we lost a good man an heaven is getting a great angel , i will always look up an say -- hi Joe , R.I.P Joe D
From: Ronald Bauman
Joe was one of the Finest Men I have ever met. I first met him when we worked together at Van-Brunt Motors. we continued the Friendship when I went to work at Beam Mack, and Joe needed plow parts. Very shocking for me to hear. My Deepest Condolences to the entire Family.
From: Melissa Kalec
Alison and family,
So very sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
From: Elaine and Mike Yeakel
Dear Allison and Sons
So sorry to hear of Joe's passing. Rest in peace, Joe.
From: Sam Moore
Allison and family:
Our deepest sympathy in your loss.
Sam and Debby.
From: Ron Cole
Allison & family,
Sorry to hear of Joe's passing. He was a great guy to deal with, and always put a smile on my face. Our family will be thinking of everyone during this time.
From: VFW Post 1536, Sayre
Please accept our deepest sympathy.
From: Maribeth Hineline
Donna. I am truly sorry to hear about the loss of your brother. Although I did not know him personally, if he had your thoughtfulness and caring to be sure he was a wonderful man. Please accept my sympathies.
From: Debbie and Bill Moore
Donna and family,
So sorry to read about your brother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.
From: Joe Healey, CPO USN Retired
Fair winds and following seas, Shipmate. Rest in Peace, we have the watch.
USN Recruit Company 170 March 1969
From: "jimmy v" vorozilchak
so sorry to hear about the loss of your brother joe / jody. he was a good man. I haven't seen him in many years, but I have to say we had many good days and fun times at montage.
jimmy v. - montage mountain ski school
From: Linda Marichak
Donna and Family,
I am very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this sad time.
From: Becky (Swingle) Banik
Dear Allison and boys,
I'm not sure if you remember me, but I babysat the boys when they were little. What a wonderful family you all are. I am so very sorry to hear of Joe's passing. I'm sure he will continue to love and guide you until you meet again.