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March 16, 2011

Joseph E. Guttilla of Honesdale, PA died Saturday, March 12, 2011, at his home. He was 86.

He is survived by his wife, the former Violetta D’Agostino.

The couple would have celebrated their 63rd anniversary on March 27, 2011.

Born March 26, 1924 in Manhattan, he was the son of the late Salvatore and Frances Decarlo Guttilla. He enlisted with the U.S. Army and served during World War II in the Philippines. Later, he worked as a cutter with several garment companies and as a custodian with Manhassett School District on Long Island. He retired from Roslin School District, where he was the head custodian.

Joe was a member of St. John the Evangelist Parish in Honesdale and a fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus, council 363 in Honesdale. Joe enjoyed bowling and traveling with his wife and family. Joe was handy and enjoyed woodworking, making birdhouses and book shelves. He did not shy away from home renovations.

Also surviving is his daughter Rose Stachowiak of Beach Lake, PA; brother Gasper Guttilla and wife Helen of Hobe Sound, FL; and granddaughter Bethany Stachowiak of Beach Lake.

He is preceded in death by his daughter Frances Marie Guttilla; and sister Vinzia “Vi” Ferrari.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Wednesday, March 16 at St. Mary Magdalen Church in Honesdale. Interment followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society , 712, S. Keyser Ave. Taylor, Pa., 18517.