Joseph Della-Corte
September 6, 1945 - January 11, 2017
Roberson Funeral Home
Joe and Sue Moran
Mike Stivers
Colonel & Mrs. Ezequiel "Zeke" Cavazos, USMC Ret
Dawn Fendick
Maryann and Mike Gardner
Bill and Trish Spencer
Susan and Ed Cline
Col. Ki Harvey USMC (Ret)
Alma Steele
Denise and Emily Shields
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Visitation
Roberson Funeral Home Punta Gorda Chapel
9416397500 |
Monday 1/16, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Visitation will be held Monday, January 16, 2017, from 2-4 at the Mary Street Chapel of Roberson Funeral Home in Punta Gorda.

Roberson Funeral Home Punta Gorda Chapel
9416397500 |
Monday 1/16, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Visitation will be held Monday, January 16, 2017, from 6-8 p.m., with an evening wake service at 7p.m., at the Mary Street Chapel of Roberson Funeral Home in Punta Gorda.

Cemetery
Sarasota National Cemetery
Friday 1/20, 9:30 am

Committal with Military Honors by the U.S. Marine Corp. will be held 9:30 a.m. Friday, January 20, 2017 at Sarasota National Cemetery.

Memorial

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Joseph’s name are suggested to the Marine Corp. Scholarship Foundation, 909 N. Washington Street, Suite 400, Alexandria, VA 22314, or to…

Marine Corp. Scholarship Foundation

…the American Heart Association, Greater Southeast Affiliate, PO Box 840692 Dallas, TX 75284-0692.

American Heart Association, Greater Southeast Affiliate

Colonel Joseph Della-Corte (USMC RET.), 71, of Punta Gorda, FL, passed away peacefully in his sleep Wednesday, January 11, 2017, at his residence. Joseph, “Joe”, was born in Brooklyn, NY on September 6, 1945, and raised in Manhasset. A lifelong athlete, in college, Joe was an All American in LaCrosse and later golf became his…

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Mary Hamilton Howard left a message on December 11, 2021:
I knew Joe from my time growing up in Manhasset. He was a wonderful young man, liked and respected by all. He was handsome smart, intelligent and kind. I was shocked to learn of his death tonight while coming upon this obituary by accident. I am sure he rests in peace. God bless his wife and extended family.
M. M. Powell left a message on November 5, 2017:
Belated Sympathy to you and your family in your Loss.
Joe and Sue Moran left a message on January 23, 2017:
Our deepest sympathy on the sudden death of Joe. We will miss him at SAS.
Skip & Joyce Chittenden left a message on January 22, 2017:
Susan, we are so shocked and sorry to hear about the loss of Joe. May God Be with you and your family. Our prayers are with you
Harry Parmer left a message on January 20, 2017:
Susan: May care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace. Sally and I extend our most sincere condolences. I am honored and blessed to have known, Joe. He was my commanding officer, my mentor, my friend. He provided me with wise counsel, direction, compassion and a kick in the ass when I needed it. His presence brought confidence, courage, and a keen sense of humor during trying and uncertain times. I am eternally grateful for his friendship. On Christmas day, 1990, at Jubail Airport in Jubail, Saudi Arabia, Joe asked me if I would don a Santa Claus suit to hand out Christmas gifts to the Marines in our headquarters unit. I forget the exact number of Marines present, but from what I recollect we numbered about 65. I was unaware that Joe and our XO, Randy Norton, had ventured to Manama, Bahrain days before on a shopping trip where they purchased a Santa Claus outfit and gifts for every Marine. I agreed to play Santa Clause which brought a smile to Joe's face, and that evening, Joe handed me a sea bag filled with gifts. He then handed me a small package and said, Marry Christmas. I opened the gift saying thank you, sir, and discovered an audio tape of Beatles music. Joe used to tease me about always having my Walkman ear buds in my ears listening to music. I still have that tape and will always remember that moment when Joe handed it to me. Shortly thereafter, Joe introduced me (Santa Claus) to the mass of Marines gathered near the TACC. Each Marine received their small gift, all of them paid for by Colonel Joe Della-Corte. It wasn't the best Christmas I ever experienced, but it is the most memorable. Everyone that evening walked away with the Christmas spirit with feelings of joy and laughter. We all had a job to do back then and together we faced a very uncertain future. But I for one felt and believed we had one hell of a Commanding Officer to lead us, and that we would follow him wherever his path would lead. I loved Joe Della-Corte, we all did, and I was damn proud to be one of "his" officers. Now he is no longer with us, but this separation is only temporary. So, Colonel Della-Corte ... Thank you, sir, for a life of honor, grace, and friendship. Until we meet again. Semper Fidelis!
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Mike Stivers left a message on January 20, 2017:
My heart goes out to Susan and her family. Joe and my father, Keith Stivers, were very close friends going back to their days as young Marines. They crossed paths many times throughout their military career and as such, we got to know Joe well growing up. After college I moved to San Diego, an hour south of Joe when he lived in Laguna Niguel. My roommate and I loved going up to visit for dinner and a glass (or two) of cognac. Our conversations would go well into the evening. I worked as a bartender at the time so Joe hired me to work the bar at one of his parties. I had a great time meeting many Marines that had worked with my father. And Joe, being the great tipper that he was, paid me quite handsomely for the few hours I worked. He was a great a great Marine and a incredible person and a true friend. He was a huge inspiration to me as a young man and will be missed very much.
David Cunningham left a message on January 19, 2017:
Susan: Bill and I send you our love, prayers, and deep respect.
Colonel & Mrs. Ezequiel "Zeke" Cavazos, USMC Ret left a message on January 19, 2017:
Thank you Joe for your leadership and friendship. Sincere condolences to Susan and your family. I will always remember you. We´ll see you again. Semper Fidelis,
Steve & Leigh Redding left a message on January 16, 2017:
Our prayers and thoughts go to Susan and family for your loss.
Robin & Sherman Johnson left a message on January 16, 2017:
Joe's smile and kindness will be missed. He was a wonderful man.
Major General Mike Lehnert USMC (retired) left a message on January 16, 2017:
I never had the privilege of working with Joe while he was on active duty though when we met through his wife Susan after his retirement, his reputation had preceded him. Joe was a loving husband, a proud father and a genuine professional. In a world with few truly good men, Joe was a good man and the kind of person that made you better simply by being around him. Denise and I send our sincere condolences to Susan and his family.
Dawn Fendick left a message on January 16, 2017:
You will forever be remembered and missed dearly.
Maryann and Mike Gardner left a message on January 15, 2017:
Our prayers and sympathy are with you Susan and your whole family at this difficult time.
Rich Kaplan & Denise Horne-Kaplan left a message on January 15, 2017:
Susan, Denise & I send our condolences. The Colonel was a pleasure to be with, whether it be on the golf course, working with him on the golf committee or after our Tuesday Mafia. He was a good man and will be missed.
Marcus and Deborah Singleton left a message on January 15, 2017:
Susan our prayers are with you as you grieve the loss of your husband Colonel Joe Della-Corte a friend, and former boss. The Marine Corps was a better service because of Joe's loyalty and dedication to his country and his Corps. God Bless you Joe.
Bill and Trish Spencer left a message on January 14, 2017:
Susan, "wherever a beautiful soul has been there is a trail of beautiful memories." Joe's beauty lives on through you and your family. Love, Bill and Trish
Bill and Trish Spencer left a message on January 14, 2017:
Wherever a beautiful soul has been there is a trail of beautiful memories! Joe's goodness lives on through Susan and their family.
Susan and Ed Cline left a message on January 14, 2017:
Joe Della-Corte played a big part in my career and I will always remember him fondly. A good friend to both me and my husband Ed, he gave personal guidance that shaped our future for life. You will be missed Joe and we love you.
Elaine Stem left a message on January 14, 2017:
Susan, so glad I was able to meet you and spend time with you and Joe in your lovely home last year. I knew Joe had found happiness and contentment in his life. In the many years I have known Joe, I found him to be a gentleman who cared about his friends and what he did in his professional life. He was a true friend to many, a dedicated Marine and a great American.
Elaine Stem left a message on January 14, 2017:
Susan, so glad I was able to meet you and spend time with you & Joe in your lovely hom last year. I knew Joe had found happiness and contentment in his life.
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
GP Mandis, US Marine Corps (Ret.) left a message on January 14, 2017:
RIP fellow Brother-in-Arms. You were a Patriot, and dedicated Leader of Marines. Per the Marine Hymn, the streets of Heaven are much safer, now that Joe has assumed the watch. My deepest condolences to Susan and family. May the Great Architect of the universe keep you in the palm of his hands, providing strength and comfort, and may great memories offer solace. God Bless.
Hank and Maureen Butt left a message on January 13, 2017:
We will both miss Joe very much and will always remember his great smile, always welcoming and so happy to see us. He was a good man and well respected by all who knew him. It is all so sudden. Susan we are here for you. May you stay strong in the days ahead and may God bless you and your family. Love xoxo
Col. Ki Harvey USMC (Ret) left a message on January 13, 2017:
Great Marine and American! Will be sorely missed.
Mike Fallon left a message on January 13, 2017:
Susan,.... Sandy and my deepest sympathy. Joe will be missed but never forgotten ! My, TBS 9/69 suite-mate, and fellow Marine , it was a honor to serve with and learn from Joe about life , business , and love. Semper Fi to you and to Joe, always.. .. Grunt , out.
Mel & Angie Eden left a message on January 13, 2017:
Joe and Susan have been dear friends and wonderfully reliable leaders & organizers in our community. Joe's smiling face, ready hugs and, well, just plain, genuine niceness! will be so missed by everyone who knew him. Our love goes to Susan and family.
Lt Gen Ed Hanlon Jr USMC Ret. left a message on January 13, 2017:
I had the privilage of working with Joe in the Marine Corps and with Raytheon. A gentleman without peer, a fine officer, terrific businessman, splendid husband and father. And may I add I had the distinct pleasure of working with Susan. Together they were an extraordinary team. This news is very sad for those of us who had the privilage of knowing Joe. May he rest in peace and my thoughts and prayers go with Joe and Susan.
Bill & Sherri Bowling left a message on January 13, 2017:
Susan, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Such a shock to hear of Joe's passing. Praying for strength for you during this difficult time.
Bill & Lois Bolger left a message on January 13, 2017:
Joe was a wonderful and sincere man. Bill and I enjoyed our many discussions with Joe and Susan. He will be very much missed. We send our deep sympathy to Susan and family.
Jeff Speights left a message on January 13, 2017:
My most sincere condolences to the Della-Corte family. I served with the Colonel in the Marine Corps, including a combat tour. He was a natural leader, a mentor, and a friend. He will be greatly missed by his Marine Corps "family." May God comfort and bless you during this difficult time.
Jim Courtney left a message on January 13, 2017:
I rode in the cart with him Tuesday and we had a couple of drinks after. He was in good sprit and left to give get well cards to Don S. Always thinking of helping others. He was a good golfer, a good friend and a good person. I will miss him
Michael Pierson (USMC Retired) left a message on January 13, 2017:
Colonel Della-Corte was my commanding officer and next door neighbor in 1984-1986 in Yuma Arizona. He was a leader, mentor and teacher. His willingness to take a personal interest in my career was and remains greatly appreciated. Semper Fidelis Colonel.
Nancy Prescott left a message on January 13, 2017:
Susan, Since I have lost my Special One, I have deep sorrow for what you are going through. If I can ever help you with anything, please call on me.
Linda Brill left a message on January 13, 2017:
Susan, you and Joe so welcomed Tom and I into SAS and PGI newcomers. A true leader and gentleman has been taken .
Marilyn Thorndycraft left a message on January 13, 2017:
Susan, my heart hurts for you and your family.
Alma Steele left a message on January 13, 2017:
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Joe was well loved and will be missed... Ralph and Alma Steele
Alma Steele left a message on January 13, 2017:
Words cannot express our sympathy.... Joe was a wonderful man, well loved... Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family..,
Debbie Grabau left a message on January 13, 2017:
Susan & Family, Sending you our prayers, love and light. We are so shocked and saddened; Joe was a wonderful, generous, kind man and will be sorely missed by all. You're in our hearts, Debbie & John Grabau
Gini Pender left a message on January 13, 2017:
Susan, I have fond memories of working with Joe on the TEAM golf event. I am so sorry to hear he is no longer with us.
Marianne Espinoza left a message on January 12, 2017:
Susan, Sending so much love to you and the family and praying for you all.
Chuck and Jeannine Thomas left a message on January 12, 2017:
Chuck and we're coming very saddened to hear of the passing of Joe. Our heartfelt condolences to Susan and family...
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Denise and Emily Shields left a message on January 12, 2017:
Precious and fun memories surround this sad time of loss. For many years, Joe was my neighbor, friend, and played a significant role of a male role model to my daughter in her early years. He attended pre-school activities with her and even wore a green plastic tie that she had made him for a St Patty's Day event. It was not a very pretty tie, but he wore it with pride...such the man he was. He even dressed up in his Marine Corp Blues to lead the back yard services of Toby the rat, her dear pet, when he passed. It was hard to keep a straight face while watching Joe and other neighbors take Toby's passing so seriously...but he officiated one heck of a service and my daughter just loved it and him. Susan, I know your heart must be breaking as you and Joe were truly soul mates. It was obvious from the first time I saw the two of you together that true love abounded. Bless you as you heal and try to make sense of this loss and the days ahead. I also want to thank Joe, as I have so so many times for his brave service to our beloved country. I will remember him with a smile in my heart and with respect for the man he was.
Vicky Downs left a message on January 12, 2017:
RIP Joe You will be missed by so many. Prayers going out to the family. May you take comfort in memories of your time spent with Joe. He has been given his wings and now an angel watching over all of you.
Joe Hyde left a message on January 12, 2017:
Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family Susan. Joe and you were so gracious when I first moved to Punta Gorda and I will never forget that.
Dick and Cindy Morrell left a message on January 12, 2017:
We are thankful to have known Joe. What a great man and good friend. Always in service to country, family and community. You will be greatly missed.
edith nelson left a message on January 12, 2017:
I send sincere sympathy on your loss. I find this quite shocking as I had no idea of his illness now. Sending sympathy and prayers as you face life without your mate.
Ed and Joyce Dye left a message on January 12, 2017:
Semper fi Colonel, it was a pleasure knowing you.
Carol Pilkenton left a message on January 12, 2017:
Susan I am so sorry about Joe. Only met him twice but your love and devotion for one another was clearly visible. Wish I could be there. May God and your loving family surround you with love and comfort.
Duane and Diane Ising left a message on January 12, 2017:
We are just astounded that we lost such a great man so young. Please accept our heartfelt condolences and don't hesitate to call on us if we can do anything.
Leslie Nielsen / Kathy Platt left a message on January 12, 2017:
My condolences to you and your family Susan. Even though we did not Joe as well whenever we saw him at the club he always had a smile and was very pleasant to talk with. We are very saddened by your sudden loss of a good man. We are keeping you in our thoughts.
Sue Preece left a message on January 12, 2017:
Susan, Joe and I are thinking of you and we are so sad for your families loss. Joe Della-Corte was a great gentleman and he will be missed. Sue & Joe Preece
Janet and Don Kliska left a message on January 12, 2017:
Thoughts and prayers for Sue and the family. Joe and his quiet spirit will always be felt around the SAS family.
Carol-Tom Kerr left a message on January 12, 2017:
So many fond memories of Joe and Susan at St. Andrews South. Like a true Marine, Joe contributed in any way he could to make the club a better place. A sweet man with a smile for all.
Carol-Tom Kerr left a message on January 12, 2017:
So many wonderful memories of Joe at St. Andrews South Golf Club.Like the Marine he was, he gave in any way he could. A warm and friendly man with a smile for all.
Roberson Funeral Home left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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