Mr. Joseph Salvatore Urso XIII passed away Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, at the Woodlands Care Center in Plainfield, NJ.
Born in Plainfield to Joseph and Theresa (Ciraldo) Urso, Joseph grew up in Westfield and was a Westfield High School graduate class of 1961. He attended Union County College and completed his undergraduate degree at Kean University in Union before earning his Master’s Degree from William Paterson University.
Professor Urso had a long career in higher education, teaching economics at his Alma Mater Kean University. He proudly served in the United States Army National Guard. He was an honorary member of the Westfield Rescue Squad having served for over 50 years and the longest riding member in its history. He also volunteered with the Scotch Plains Rescue Squad and served as President of Southwyck Village Condo Association.
As a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and brother, Joseph loved nothing more than spending time around his family.
Mr. Joseph Urso was predeceased by his parents Joseph and Theresa (Ciraldo) Urso.
He is survived by his loving wife, Miki (Leitner) Urso; his daughter Kimberley, her husband Neal, grandchildren Rachel (Jeffrey), James, Andrea, and great-granddaughter Charlotte; his son Joseph and his wife Chutchamon; his daughter Lynda, children from his first marriage to Carolyn Urso (deceased); his stepson Philip, his wife Maureen, and grandson William; his stepson David, his wife Kimberly, grandchildren Harrison and Abigail; his stepson Steven and his wife Angele; his sisters Joanne (Louis, deceased) and Elizabeth (Fred) and his many nieces and nephews.
Friends and family will gather between 4 and 8 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 12, at the Dooley Colonial Home 556 Westfield Ave., Westfield, NJ. A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, at St. Helen R.C. Church on Rahway Ave. in Westfield followed by burial in Fairview Cemetery, Westfield.
In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial contributions in Joseph’s name to Mission Clean Water or the volunteer rescue squads of Westfield or Scotch Plains. These organizations were incredibly important to Joseph; one started by his grandson James and the others benefiting the organizations he spent his life giving his time to.
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