Joseph M. Delle Fontane
Joseph M. Delle Fontane, a 58-year resident of Darien, died Sunday, Nov. 21, at Stamford Hospital. He was 85.
Born May 31, 1925, in Bridgeport, he was the son of the late Joseph and Margaret Bisacca Delle Fontane.
Mr. Delle Fontane graduated from Syracuse University. He was a 34-year former owner of Mohawk Tire and Auto Service and Mohawk Kitchen. He was a parishioner of St. Thomas More R.C. Church and a long time member of the Country Club of Darien. After retiring, he wintered in Palm Desert, Calif., and was a member of Ironwood Country Club. He was a dedicated volunteer of the Darien Red Cross and was director of rides for the Red Cross Chapter. He was also director of the Chamber of Commerce and had a life-long passion for the New York Yankees.
Mr. Delle Fontane served in the 351st Infantry Regiment with the 88th "Blue Devil" Division in the Italian Campaign with Mark Clark's 5th Army. While serving in the Division, Mr. Delle Fontane received the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Good Conduct Medal, the Mediterranean Campaign Medal with two battle Stars and the Expert Combat Infantry Medal.
His third battalion of the 31st received the Presidential Unit Citation for overtaking a strong enemy held town.
Survivors include three daughters, Kathy Goossen and her husband, Marty, of Houston; Susie Castle and her husband, Jeff, of Fairfield; and Lisa Bohdan and her husband, Bill, of Darien; seven grandchildren, Michael, Matthew, David, Julie, Jay, Emily and Andrea; and one sister, Pauline Delle Fontane of Stratford.
He was predeceased by his wife, Mary Beth Delle Fontane, in 2003.
The family received friends at the Edward Lawrence Funeral Home Tuesday, Nov. 23. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Thomas More R.C. Church Wednesday, Nov. 24, at 10:30 a.m. Burial followed with full Military Honors at Spring Grove Cemetery, Darien.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Darien Red Cross, 39 Leroy Avenue, Darien, CT 06820.