Joseph A. Yannuzzi - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Joseph A. Yannuzzi

Born September 11, 1934

Mr. Joseph A. Yannuzzi, age 79, of Newark, DE, passed away suddenly at his residence on November 22, 2013.
Mr. Yannuzzi was born in Newark, NJ, the son of the late Anthony Yannuzzi and Lucy Nazzaro Yannuzzi, on September 11, 1934.
He served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and had worked for Gemini Industries in Clifton, NJ as their general manager until his retirement. After his retirement he worked part-time at Echo Data the former Sheeran Industries in New Castle. In his earlier years he enjoyed bowling in a league, singing in the men’s choir at St. Lucy’s Roman Catholic Church in Newark, NJ, and ballroom dancing with his wife, Brenda. Mr. Yannuzzi also enjoyed working with wood especially doing Intarsia carvings. He volunteered with his therapy dog for Paws for People at Easter Seals in New Castle for five years and was involved in helping his wife with the many foster and rescue cats and dogs she took care of and loved dearly.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Yannuzzi was preceded in death by his brother, Eduardo Yannuzzi.
He is survived by his loving wife of 24 years, Brenda Calderwood Yannuzzi; children, Anthony Yannuzzi of Hendersonville, NC, Donna Hagy of NJ, Linda Klemensits of East Brunswick, NJ and Geraldine Yannuzzi of Perth Amboy, NJ; brothers, Larry, Paul, Donald and Carmen Yannuzzi all of NJ; sister, Viola Pellerito of NJ; and five grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held at 5 pm on Tuesday, November 26, 2013, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 W. Park Place, Newark, where family and friends may visit from 3 pm until the time of service. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Paws for People, P.O. Box 9955, Newark, DE 19714 ( or Forgotten Cats, Inc., 4023 Kennett Pike, Suite 422, Greenville, DE 19807 (; or Delaware Humane Association, 701 A Street, Wilmington, DE 19801 (


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  • R.I.P. Uncle Joe you will be missed dearly! We really had so many great memories together, when I was young I could always remember coming over to your house & you always coming & visit 1st thing on Christmas morning! Hearing you sing in the choir we were all so proud, their are ak many happy memories I will share! You will be missed by all

  • Brenda: I am so sorry to hear of Jay’s passing. There are no words to ease your pain. May God grant you Peace that passes all understand.

  • I will always remember the Christmas Jay bought Jon, Matt and Dan a train set for Christmas, delivered it to our home in Lakewood and then put the whole thing together. Jay was a great friend and a true gentleman. We will miss him.

  • Brenda, I am so deeply sorry for your loss. You and your family will be kept close in my heart, thoughts and prayers.

  • I was so sad when I heard the news of your sudden passing, I couldn’t believe it! Even though I’m really sad right now, I have so many wonderful memories of you and the family that fill me with joy and one day will make me smile. Until we meet again in heaven…RIP Uncle Joe! 🙁

  • Michael and I send our deepest condolences. Look back on all the good memories you were able to have and smile at the fact that you were the one that shared them with Jay.

    We’re so sorry for your loss.

  • Dear Brenda,

    I am so sorry for your loss, my deepest condolences to you and the family.

  • R.I.P. uncle joe I was sad when I found out. You will be missed.

  • Brenda, I am so very sorry for your loss. I hope that your happy memories will help you through this very difficult time. Sorry that I did not get to know Jay. Blessing to you and the entire Yannuzzi Family.

  • Sorry to hear about Joe. He was my mentor in St. Lucy’s Choir when I joined about 35 years ago. We both sang bass and often were the only ones singing in that section. A lot of good memories.
    My prayers are wioth his family. frank Petrucci

  • Dear Brenda, I sang with Joe,and also bowled with him in the same league, He was one of the nicest persons that I have ever known I’m so sorry for your loss I’m still singing in the choir and I will be thinking of him this Sunday

  • Brenda, We are so very sorry for your loss. We will miss Jay…..the stories he shared with us and our interesting talks about animals and making things with wood. When talking with Jay about woodworking, it was obvious that he truly enjoyed the craft. He was a wealth of information about the different kinds of wood, the equipment, and woodworking skills. We will also miss his generosity, including his support and help at AutumnLeaf Fundraisers’ events and the Intarsia cat carving that he donated to AutumnLeaf Fundraisers. We will miss how excited Jay was to see Walden. He had a heart of gold in all that he did for the animals.

    The two of you shared lots of interests and created many loving memories together. May these memories lift your spirit and help you through this difficult time.

  • Dear Uncle, You will be missed by many and I’m sure my Dad….your brother ‘Eddy’, will be there to meet you on the other side ready to play a few good games of pinocle! xxoo

  • Dear Brenda,
    We are so sorry for your loss of our dear friend Joe. We have know Joe for over 40 years and have fond memories not only of our times together but most of all for the kindness Joe has always extended to our family. We were very happy to have seen both of you here in NJ last year for our daughter Jessica’s wedding. She also has wonderful memories of Joe, having seen him almost every Sunday at St. Lucy’s church prior to your move to DE. We wish you peace during this difficult time and we’ll pray for our buddy Joe.

    Love, Joe & Tina

  • Dearest Brenda, please accept my condolences for your loss. Jay was someone well worth knowing and we were all enriched having been touched by his good humor and generosity. The wonderful service truly highlighted Jay’s qualities and a life well lived.
    With deepest sympathies,
    your friend Sabine

  • Dear Brenda, Just wanted to let you know that you are in our prayers. May the Lord wrap His arms around you and give you peace and comfort. Please know that your friends are always there to help no matter how far away we are. Hugs, one for every day you need them, Deborah