Joseph Ceriale

Joseph Ceriale

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Joseph James Ceriale:
Crestwood, NY

Joe left this world on April 18, 2020 after battling illness in the hospital for weeks. He was born Joseph James on January 6th 1928 and raised in East Harlem, NY before moving to Yonkers, NY in 1972. Joe worked as a plasterer for various construction companies. For the last 15 years of his career, Joe was a Public Housing Supervisor for the City of New York where he had many fond memories, good friends and great stories to share. Joe was also a proud Veteran with the United States Army, serving in the Pacific during the 1940s.

“Big Joe” was a devoted Husband, Father, Father-in-law, Grandfather and Great-Grandfather. He was incredibly funny with a razor sharp wit, extremely generous with his loved ones, and always willing to lend a helping hand. He loved to read, especially James Patterson, talk about life and most importantly be with his family. To him, providing for his family was his greatest joy. Linda, his Daughter, was the apple of his eye and they enjoyed many great times together. Linda spent her whole life living with her Dad until his final days. They had a very close bond and special relationship. When Linda married her love Kevin in 1980, they moved into Joe’s home and raised their son Joseph, his namesake, all together. His favorite time was “hanging out” with his grandson, playing ball and cards, watching television together and mostly just laughing. They would share stories and times that only a Grandson and Grandfather could have together. When Joseph married his love Jackie in 2015, he said “Jackie is the Granddaughter that I never had and now I do!” In 2018 his Great-Grandson Thomas James was born, and to quote him again “That was the highlight of my life!”

Joe’s other favorite past times included listening to oldies on 101.1 at full blast in the garage, taking meticulous care of his 1999 Mercury Cougar, watching action movies and dancing well into his 80s at the Royal Regency or Ramada Inn in Yonkers. He was an avid motorcycle rider and used to enjoy commuting from his home to Brooklyn, NY. He and his grandson shared many fun rides on his Honda motorcycles. We will cherish all the great memories that we had together as a family. He was a wonderful man that lived a very blessed life always surrounded by his cherished family.

Joe was predeceased by his wife Rosalie. They were married for 33 years, and he fondly spoke of her to his grandson even in his final days. He is survived by his Daughter Linda LoPresti, Son-in-law Kevin, Grandson Joseph and his wife Jackie, Great-Grandson Thomas, and Brother Carmelo.

Due to the COVID-19 virus there will be no funeral or mass at this time but a celebration of his life will be scheduled at a later date.
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    Ferncliff Cemetery
    280 Secor Road
    HARTSDALE, NY 10530
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    Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, the funeral services for Joseph Ceriale will be held privately. The Ceriale family thanks you for your kind thoughts and prayers. A celebration of Joseph's life will be scheduled at a later date and posted to this website.

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Posted at 02:38pm
Linda, my heart aches for you and your family during this difficult time you all are going through. I know how much you all loved him and how much he loved you all. He was such big part of your lives and he will surely be missed but you have such beautiful memories that you all will be able to cherish forever. You now have another angel watching over you by your mother's side. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Love, The Cascarano family

RoseAnn Cerbone

Posted at 07:56am
We are deeply saddened at the passing of Grandpa Joe. Our hearts go out to his loving family. He was a sweet, generous, caring man. We were blessed to have known him. May he Rest In Peace. Love, Ralph , RoseAnn & Jen.

Edward Yuhas

Posted at 12:55pm
We were so saddened to hear of Joe's passing. We know what you're going through. Our deepest condolences, and I know he and my mom are looking down on us from heaven! I will miss seeing him every morning when I was going to work.

Ed Yuhas and Family
40 Cambridge Ave

Teri & Mike Gamble

Posted at 02:27pm
Teri & Mike Gamble
Linda, your Dad was so happy to be living with you and so filled with love for you, Kevin, Joey and Jackie and his little grandchild who he cherished. He was fun to be with and a great conversationalist! His memory will live on through you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

carmela chianese

Posted at 10:14am
Your words are a beautiful tribute to Joe. Personally he always happy when we met. He was always smiling, a REAL gentlemen.
i am so sorry to see his loving family go through this. Linda, Kevin, Joey and Jackie you were all so dedicated to such a good man.
take pride in that and enjoy good memories.
Joe will always be remembered as a good man and you were lucky to have him in your life.
My heart is with you all,
Carmela and Tony

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