Joseph J. Kessel Jr. passed away on Sunday June 2, 2019 at the age of 74 years old. Joseph was born on June 1, 1945 in Paterson, NJ to Joseph J Sr. and Mary Rita (McGill) Kessel. Joseph was a long time resident of Butler, NJ for over 40 years before moving to Highland Lakes.
Joseph is survived by his loving wife Patricia (Rose). They were married on March 19, 1965 and recently celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary. He leaves behind his three daughters: Karen Weiss and her husband Edward, Joann Cooper, and Patti Abbruzzese and her husband Steve. Also his five grandchildren, Nicholas, Jesse, Patrick, Stephanie and Megan. He was the oldest of his four surviving siblings, Maurita Taylor, Barbara Obremski and her husband David, Steve Kessel and his wife Carol, and Kathy Peterson and her husband Gene. He leaves behind many nieces and nephews.
Joseph was a service manager at the Coca-Cola Company before retiring to enjoy his family and grandchildren. He was an avid Bowler and bowled a perfect game. He was a long time Mets fan and supporter of all his grandchildren’s activities.
Relatives and friends are invited for memorial visitation on Saturday June 8th from 2-4 with prayer service beginning at 4pm at Ferguson-Vernon Funeral Home 241 Rt. 94, Vernon, NJ (GPS use 1 Vanderhoof Ct.). In lieu of flower donation please make donations in his honor to St. Jude’s Children's Research Hospital, 501 Saint Jude place, Memphis TN, 38105 or online at stjude.org.