VERSACI, JOSEPH S.

A mass of Christian burial will be held Dec. 5 at St. Ann Catholic Church, Hoboken, for Joseph S. Versaci of Hoboken, 91. He passed away peacefully in the presence of his children and brother on Dec.1. He was born and raised in New York City. After graduating from Benjamin Franklin High School in 1945, he served in the U.S. Army as a member of the 9th Infantry. Upon his honorable discharge, Joseph attended Columbia University where he received a B.S. in Economics in 1954. He later received his Master’s in Education from The City University of New York. He was employed by the New York City Welfare Department for a brief period and then worked for the U.S. government in Army Intelligence. He then began a 25-year career as an educator and assistant principal in the New York City Public School System. At his retirement in 1987, he was honored for his “devotion to the physical and emotional well being of East Harlem’s youngsters, as well as their educational progress.” Joseph was an avid reader and history buff who loved travelling. He had an encyclopedic memory and enjoyed debating politics. He was an opera fanatic and appreciated all things cultural including food, wine and art, especially in his native New York City. He was predeceased by his wife, Marie (Totaro) in 2004; his parents Filadelfio and Benedetta; and sister Mary Lisa. He is survived by his older brother Benedict; his children Bettina Young, Rosanne and Frederick; son-in-law Thomas Young, daughter-in-law, Mary Beth and a host of nieces and nephews. His pride and joy were his grandsons Joseph, Thomas, Benedict, Eric Joseph, and Vincent. Services arranged by the Failla Memorial Home, Hoboken.