Condolence & Memory Journal

Joe was such an amazing man.
His caring and loving personality made high school just a little less stressful for all the lives he touched. He will forever be missed ❤

C/o 06

Posted by Danielle Hendrickson    February 07, 2020

You are missed

Posted by jim wilcox - Warminster, PA - Friend   February 06, 2020

Posted by James Koury - Ridley Park, PA   February 06, 2020

Posted by A friend   February 06, 2020

Jean and Family,

I go back to when Joe and Jean were engaged and Joe worked at General Electric in SW Philly with my Dad. I worked there in the summer of 1970 at age 17 before starting college. My Dad, Joe's boss sent Joe down to see if I was doing ok, since I just graduated from high school. Jean and Joe would stop by our house in Aldan and were always welcome and great people. I didn't see Joe for a long time until GE closed, my Dad retired and I saw him on the Walt Whitman Bridge. Joe said without batting an eye: "Hi, John."

A nice man, a class act. My condolences to Jean and Family.

John Vondran
Newark, DE

Posted by A friend   February 05, 2020

So sorry for your loss, love and prayers. Joe's cousin

Posted by Debbie Russo Klales Klales - Kansas, PA - Family   February 05, 2020

Mr. Joe was a kind soul that everyone throughout our school knew and loved. No matter what kind of day you were having, he always had a smile and some positive words for you. His legacy will continue on through our school. He will be dearly missed. Please, give a smile to a stranger in honor of Mr. Joe.

Posted by Ridley High Students    February 04, 2020

You who knew Joe he was a piece of work I know because he was my Big Bro I was the one who is teased played tricks on we always talked on the phone every week some good talks some not so good but We Always said I Love You before we hung up I will miss u Joe but we will continue our conversation another day I will miss u so muck !

Posted by Betty Pitts-Tolin - Mt laurel, NJ - Sister   February 04, 2020

I first met "Mr. Joe" 17 years ago. I was in 9th grade sitting in Mr. Maiers office waiting for the paraprofessional to arrive to escort me to ISS because I got caught skipping school the day before. Mr. Joe was one of the kindest people I ever met, and even when I was an absolute mess he somehow still saw the good in me. I grew to really love and appreciate him, mrs hinkleman, Gail, and Mr. Sachs they were like my school family that looked out for me, yes sometimes lectured me, but I loved them anyway. I can honestly say that without them I'm not sure if I would have graduated. They pushed me to be a better me and Mr. Joe played a huge part in that. I was so sad, and yet so happy for him that he was able to retire and spend more time with his family. But I sure did miss seeing his face every time I had to stop by the high school. My thoughts, prayers, and deepest condolences are with all of his family and friends during this difficult time. He was truly one of a kind and will be greatly missed.

Posted by Danielle Shillington - Ridley Park, PA   February 04, 2020


Mr. Joe was the sweetest guy anyone could ever meet! You didn't even have to really know Mr Joe but it felt like you've known him for a lifetime! I'm happy I've had the time to spend with him for 4 years at Ridley high class of 2016!!. My thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time. Fly high Mr. Joe

Posted by Katrina Pennell - Eddystone, PA   February 04, 2020

Mr. Joe was an amazing man and had such a sweet soul, you will truly be missed by the students of Ridley High School. My condolences to his family at this difficult time. I hope you find comfort in knowing he was loved by us all!

Posted by Ridley High School Class of 2010    February 04, 2020

I'm not sure how this works and i'm not sure if his family will be able to see this but incase they can this is what I have to say. Mr.Joe wasn't like a lot of people i've met. He offered kindness constantly and always saw a glass half full with people. When I met him I was a mess but instead of a lecture he offered a pumpkin pie that his wife had packed him and advice. He always checked on my grades and always made sure I kept my cool (because no person is worth messing yourself up for). I am so sorry for your loss and my heart aches for you. Please continue his kindness.

Posted by Stephanie Ellis - Virginia Beach, VA   February 03, 2020

Posted by Katrina Pennell    February 03, 2020

Joe you were a good husband, father, grandfather. Your beautiful family meant the world to you. You were always ready to give a helping hand to whoever needed it. You will be so missed. Love Marie

Posted by Marie Dejohn - Family   February 03, 2020


Dear Jean, Denise, Mike and Reagan,
I cannot tell you how much Joe's passing broke my heart. I've always loved him from my first time meeting him in 9th grade many years ago when D and I were best friends. He always treated me so good. I will always remember the Friday night dinners at random restaurants. He was so funny swearing at bad drivers on the way. I hope you all find peace in your loving memories of him. Denise was the apple of his eye.♥

Posted by Tiffany Henry - Glenolden, PA   February 03, 2020