Joseph J. Alfes - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Joseph J. Alfes

Born August 28, 1924

Joseph J. Alfes, age 89, of New Castle, DE passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday, March 4, 2014.

Born in Trenton, NJ on August 28, 1924, Mr. Alfes was a son of the late Joseph F. Alfes and Mary M. Przecha Alfes. He proudly served his country in the 8th Air Force where he achieved the rank of Sergeant. After receiving his undergraduate degree from New York University, Mr. Alfes made his career as an accountant working first for the Ronson Corporation in Delaware and later for NVF in Pennsylvania.

An avid outdoorsman, he greatly enjoyed fishing and golfing. In his leisure time, Mr. Alfes relished gardening and woodworking. He adored spending time with his granddaughters who were the apples of his eye. Above all else, he was a devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather who will be dearly missed.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother and 2 sisters. Mr. Alfes is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Bernice D. Zytko Alfes; children, David J. Alfes and wife Cheryl of Easton, MD, Regina M. Alfes of New Castle, DE, Joseph J. Alfes, Jr. and wife Lynn of Sarasota, FL, Rex C. Alfes and wife Lisa of Yardley, PA and Cheryl A. Alfes and husband James Krull of Colver, PA; brothers, Tom Alfes and wife Dawn of MI, Chuck Alfes of CA and Bob Alfes of CA; sisters, Patty Maloney of AZ and Elizabeth Pye of NJ; 6 granddaughters, Courtney Poore and husband Josh, Sarah Alfes, Lauren Alfes, Kimberly Alfes, Shannon Alfes and Kristine Alfes; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may call from 8:15 am until 9:15 am on Monday morning, March 10, 2014 at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 am on Monday morning, March 10, 2014, at Our Lady of Fatima R.C. Church, 801 N. DuPont Highway, New Castle, DE. Interment will follow in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear, DE.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.


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  • We love you dad, you will be sorely missed.

  • Such sadness in lost. The happy memories of summer visits
    to DC, the smell of wood and varnish, gathering and snapping peas from the garden, staying up late to watch tv and eat ice cream or freshly sliced fruit, steamed crabs on the porch, opening presents around the fireplace the day after Christmas, these are the memories that warm my heart and bring me comfort in this time of grief. I love you, miss you, and thank you for your love and support you have given to me.

  • Tenderly May time ease your sorrow
    Gently May friends ease your pain
    Softly May peace replace heartache
    And….May warmest memories remain

    Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers

  • I am so sorry to hear of your loss. When Ihave experienced the loss of a loved one, I found great
    comfort in the words of Jesus, at John 11:11, where he likens death to being asleep, and at
    John 5:28,29 – “All those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out.” What joy to
    see our loved ones again !! For more comfort I use the website:

  • Sorry for your loss. Your dad was a great guy. I still remember talking to him when I would stop by your house.

  • I learned everything I know about gardening & canning from my dear friend Joe. You will be dearly missed.

  • Dear Joe,

    Thank you so much for being such a wonderful father and grandfather to six beautiful young women.
    I will truly miss all of your stories, laughing around the dinner table and enjoying our time as a family.
    Please know you were the foundation of the family. Your strength, kindness and support will only
    continue through your children and their children.
    May peace be with you.

  • What can I say about Dad…Oh, hi Mom! Dad was a great “FATHER” and taught me how to provide for my kids and told me to teach them the right from wrongs in life…protect them and be there when they need help. Be strong and tough. He also taught me to be a “DAD”. Teach them how to have fun in life and laugh a little. He told me, one day you will discover a balance between the two and you will determine the percentages. He said to me “life is too serious…be a good person and treat others as you want to be treated..” Let God make the finale decision. And finally, he taught me how to be a good HUSBAND. Pick some one like your Mom and treat her like a queen. You only get one chance in life to find the right one so don’t screw it up…you will know when that one is around. Rest in Peace and I will see to it that Mom and Gina are taken care off….all my love….:-)

    p.s. I hope I sent you the right pencil!!

  • Dad,

    You will be missed in so many ways. Rest in Peace.


  • To the Alfes’ Family, sorry for you loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May time and wonderful memories ease your sorrow.

  • It has been an honor to have known you and to be part of your family. You have inspired many people throughout your life and I am surly one of them. Rest In Peace. I will miss you.

  • Aunt Bea & cousins David, Gina, Jay, Rex & Cheryl,

    I just heard about Uncle Joe’s death and I’m so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. I’m flooded with good memories of Uncle Joe, what a great man he was. I remember so fondly the times when we used to visit your family in DE and there was so much love, laughter, fun, and good cooking in your house. Take comfort in knowing that he is at peace and he is not alone, I’m sure my mom had a great big welcoming hug for him and they are all having a wonderful family reunion in heaven.

    My warmest regards to all of you,

  • My thoughts and prayers for peace and strength are with all of you ♥