Obituary of Joseph A. Baptista
Joseph A. Baptista
Joseph A. Baptista, age 92, of Westampton, NJ passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, January 13, 2021.
Born in East Providence, RI, Joseph resided in Willingboro, NJ for 38 years with his wife and children. He received a B.S. degree from the University of Rhode Island and an M.S. degree from the University of Utah.
He was a proud member of the U.S. Army and served in the Korean War as an Infantry Officer, Heavy Motor Company Commander, and Battalion Adjutant in the 279th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division. A decorated member of the Army, he most notably was awarded the Bronze Star Medal of Meritorious Service Against an Armed Enemy of the United Nations.
Joseph was employed by the NJ Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services for 31 years, served as the President of the Willingboro Board of Education, was a member of the Knights of Columbus, and volunteered for the American Red Cross. He enjoyed woodworking and admired Harry S. Truman.
Predeceased by his wife of 67 years, Freda Baptista, and sons, Paul Michael Gulli and Dana A. Baptista, and son-in-law : George E. Hall, Sr. Joseph is survived by his daughters, Carol A. Hall, Grace P. Anderson, Cindy E. Baptista, and daughters-in-law, Clara Gulli and Kathleen Baptista; along with nine grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.
Private visitation for family only will be held at Goes-Scolieri Funeral Home, 212 Levitt Parkway, Willingboro, NJ, followed by burial at the Brig. Gen. William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Wrightstown, NJ.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in his name to the:
American Red Cross ,PO Box 37839
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