Joseph W. Di Stefano

Born: Sat., Jun. 12, 1937
Died: Sat., Jul. 15, 2017


5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Wed., Jul. 19, 2017
Location: Rossi Family Funeral Home, Inc.


6:30 PM Wed., Jul. 19, 2017
Location: Rossi Family Funeral Home, Inc.


10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Thu., Jul. 20, 2017
Location: St. Haralambos Greek Orthodox Church

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Thu., Jul. 20, 2017
Location: St. Haralambos Greek Orthodox Church

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Joseph W. Di Stefano of Canton, passed away unexpectedly on July 15, 2017, on a fishing weekend celebrating his 80th birthday with his family. He was born on June 12, 1937 in Cokeburg, PA, to William “Bill” and Nellie (Shensky) Di Stefano. He grew up in East Liverpool, Oh and was commissioned an Army 2nd Lieutenant upon graduation from Ohio University. He retired from The Timken Company after 35 years of service. When Joe wasn't fixing something around the house, he loved to travel. He served his community and was a faithful member of St. Haralambos Greek Orthodox Church, where he held many leadership positions, was awarded Man of the Year, and sang in the choir. He was pragmatic, cared deeply for his family, and was always ready to help others. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Esther (Sam) Cascio and his loving wife of fifty years, Mary (Bumes) Di Stefano. Survivors include his second love and wife, Carol (Rollings) Di Stefano, whom he married July 19, 2014; his children, Christine (John) Kellamis of Canton, and Fr. Joseph (Melanie) Di Stefano of Campbell, OH; his grandchildren, Natalia and Christian Kellamis, and Michael Di Stefano; his step-children, Doug Albert, Cindy (Bruce) Hadley, and Debbie (Jeff) Brannan all of South Carolina, step-grand and great-grandchildren, his sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and relatives. Family and friends are invited to call at the Rossi Family Funeral Home on Wednesday, July 19, from 5 to 8 pm with Trisigon to be held at 6:30 pm. Additional visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral service, which will be held on Thursday, July 20, at 11:00 am at St. Haralambos Greek Orthodox Church (251 25th St. NW, Canton, OH 44709) with Rev. Dr. Nicholas V. Gamvas officiating, assisted by his son Rev. Fr. Joseph Di Stefano and other Metropolis Clergy. Interment will be in Forest Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Haralambos Endowment Fund.

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Christine Volzer
   Posted Tue July 18, 2017
So sorry for your loss.He was such a special person.He helped so many people.I loved Joe Di.Thanks for sharing him with all of us.

Fred Linxweiler
   Posted Tue July 18, 2017
I worked with Joe over many years at The Timken Company. He was always fair and wanted the best for his people. He had a great sense of humor. And while we in life don't choose the time and venue of our passing, I would think a birthday fishing weekend with family would have been to Joe's liking. I hope he caught some big ones.

Jim Stitz
   Posted Tue July 18, 2017
To Joe's Family,

I just learned of Joe's passing. Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the loss of your husband, father, and grandfather. We worked together at Timken's for many years.

Take care & God bless!

Jim Stitz
Austin, Texas

Randy Ehret
   Posted Tue July 18, 2017
My sympathy. Joe was my mentor and friend. He made a great difference in my life. He will be missed.

Brian C.
   Posted Tue July 18, 2017
RIP Joe , proud to be a friend through the years. You will surely be missed

   Posted Wed July 19, 2017
Rest in peace and serenity Joe. You were and inspiration to soooo many and will be greatly missed!! God bless your family in this time of grief.

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