Joseph Viola, Sr.

March 1, 1938 - June 24, 2020
Joseph Viola, Sr.


Joseph Viola Sr., age 82, passed away peacefully at his home June 24,2020 after a long battle with cancer, with his wife and stepson at his side.

Born March 1,1938 in New Haven, Ct., Joe served in the US Air Force in the mid 1950’s, stationed in North Africa until his honorable discharge. He later worked for the US Postal Service as a supervisor for 39 years until his retirement. He moved to Wilmington with his third wife, LuAnne in 2009 and worked part time at the Carmike Cinemas for 5 years. Joe was a member of the Wilmington Elks, VFW and Loyal Order of the Moose, and was known for his karaoke rendition of “My Way” and “I Love This Bar”.

He leaves his wife of 13 years, LuAnne Gauvin Viola, who he referred to as the love of his life. He is also survived by his son, Joseph Viola Jr. and wife, Maureen and grandson, Joseph Viola III. He also leaves his stepsons, Brian Marchant and life partner Jen Mansfield Justin Marchant and life partner Sarah Quatropanni, and Jason Marchant and wife, Vanessa; four step grandchildren, Alanna, Addison, Olivia and Benjamin. Additionally, he will be missed by his nephews, Thomas Viola III and wife Jaye and Gene Viola and husband Andy. He was predeceased by his brother, Thomas Viola Jr. and previous wives, Anastasia Viola and JoAnne Viola. A very special friend, Thomas Fairfull and a slew of wonderful friends will miss him dearly.

Friends and relatives are invited to attend a funeral service on Friday,July 3,2020 at 11 AM at the Wilmington Elks Lodge on Oleander Dr. with military honors. Social Distancing and masks are preferred.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Lower Cape Fear LifeCare. The family wishes to express heartfelt thanks to Crystal Cox and Brianna from Hospice for the excellent care given to Joe during his illness.

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  • June 27, 2020
    Jo Mullins says:
    Condolences for your loss. Jo, Jenny and Danny

  • June 28, 2020
    chuckie d says:
    go bye my friend Joe Joe and I am sorry that misable piss hole on oleander drive thay call the elks lodge separated our friend ship. just shows you what a horrible horrible horrible place the Wilmington elks lodge is

  • June 28, 2020
    Pamela Fiske says:
    Dear Lu and Family, Deepest Sympathies to you and your family. I can hear Joepa singing " I Love this Bar!" Miss him and Love to you, Pam and Richie

  • June 30, 2020
    Dale Cuvier says:
    LuAnn and Joe Jr. My Deepest Condolences to you and your Families... Only pleasant memories of Joe Sr. go through my mind.. The Post Office was never the same when after he retired ... So many times he assisted me with NAPS.. His laughter, jokes and smile remain with me still. Rest in peace, Joe....

  • June 30, 2020
    USPS peeps says:
    Prayers from all of us @ the USPS to the entire Viola Family from GPO Brewery St , New Haven & SoCT! May he be at peace.