Joseph Salvatore DiPietro, 96, passed away suddenly on January 21, 2021, at Penacook Place in Haverhill. He was yet another innocent victim of the COVID Pandemic.
He is survived by his only son, Robert, and was predeceased by his beloved wife of 69 years, Rosalie Ann, whom we lost in 2015. He was the last of his generation in our family and was beloved by an amazing array of nieces and nephews whose love and constant support meant the world to him.
A native of Lawrence and graduate of Lawrence High School, Joseph was the son of Matteo and Dorothea DiPietro and younger brother to the late Charles and Salvatore DiPietro. Joseph was a WWII combat veteran who served his country overseas as a Demolition Specialist. He took part in the Allied invasion of Normandy and also fought throughout Northern France and the Rhineland as well as North Africa and Central Europe.
Returning from the war, he married his high school sweetheart and worked for a time at Jackson Lumber Yard before becoming a presser at Grieco Brothers in Lawrence where he worked until his retirement in 1986. He was a member of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers Union and a parishioner of Holy Rosary Church.
Joseph was a kind and gentle man who was a devoted husband and a loving and generous father. He never hesitated to lend a helping hand or provide much needed advice to a multitude of family and friends. “Uncle Joe” was always there when you needed him with a smile on his face---ready to jump in and get the job done. His loss to our family is incalculable.
Honoring Joseph’s wishes, his remains will be laid to rest in the family plot at St. Mary - Immaculate Conception Cemetery. Given the dangers of the pandemic, the burial will take place later in the year when friends and family can safely gather to celebrate the life of this wonderful man.