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“You are no longer here with us to celebrate your birthday. You are celebrating in heaven with the rest of the family. We wanted to wish you a happy...Read More »
1 of 17 | Posted by: Joey (P) & Brenda Zappo - Newark, DE

“I am so sorry to learn this late that Joe passed away. He was a terrific gentleman and Jerry enjoyed working with him over the years and especially...Read More »
2 of 17 | Posted by: Harriet B. Ansul - DE

“To the family of Joe Zappo. We are so sorry to hear of his passing. We enjoyed caring for him at Center for Rehab at Wilmington Hospital. Our...Read More »
3 of 17 | Posted by: A friend

“Arlene and family Was very sorry to read about Joe's passing. We know he will be missed by family and many friends. By his obituary, I can see he...Read More »
4 of 17 | Posted by: Ruth Jeffries - North East, MD

“He was a kind, intelligent, quiet yet outgoing father who truly believed in the individuality of a person's soul. A free spirit with a unimaginable...Read More »
5 of 17 | Posted by: Rozie Zappo - Newark, DE

“I worked at Chestnut Run while Joe was there. He was always upbeat & cheerful with a smile just like the one in the photo that is posted. He...Read More »
6 of 17 | Posted by: A friend

“Arlene, I was sorry to read about Joe's passing. Please accept my condolences and I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. With...Read More »
7 of 17 | Posted by: Steve Brown

“Arlene and Andy - so sorry for your loss You are in my thoughts and prayers Pam Romanski Barry DuPont Company ”
8 of 17 | Posted by: Pam Barry - Wilmington, DE

“Joe, My best to you and your family in this difficult time. Your Dad must have been quite a guy. Warm regards, George Husfelt ”
9 of 17 | Posted by: George Husfelt - Elkton, MD

“Dear Mrs. Zappo and Family, I read in the News Journal that Joe had passed away. Along with the entire Delaware National Guard family, I send...Read More »
10 of 17 | Posted by: Francis D. Vavala

“My husband spoke highly of Joe so often, both Safety men at DuPont. So sorry for your loss. ”
11 of 17 | Posted by: Bonnie Episcopo - Wilmington, DE

“I served with Joe. He was a great guy. Walt Widdoes ”
12 of 17 | Posted by: A friend

“We will miss Joe so much! He was considered the leader of our small party of friends who visited Italy together and had so much fun! Enough, in fact,...Read More »
13 of 17 | Posted by: Nicole and Pierre Bachand

“COL JOE, The membership of the Delaware National Guard Retired Officers' Association will miss your smile as we always wondered, "What's he really...Read More »
14 of 17 | Posted by: A friend

“Rosalie and Family, So sorry to read of my old friend Joe passing. Our duPont careers seemed to follow each other from Site to Site, and we shared...Read More »
15 of 17 | Posted by: Bob Downes - Orlando, FL

“I worked with Joe at DuPont. He was a true gentleman!! John Lutness ”
16 of 17 | Posted by: A friend

“Joey and Rosie, I am so sorry for your loss. Your father certainly had a fulfilling and enjoyable life. I am sure you both have many fond memories .. ”
17 of 17 | Posted by: Norma and Harry Laws - Millsboro, DE


Joseph Zappo, Jr., age 83, of Chesapeake City, MD, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at Season's Hospice at Christiana Care in Newark, DE.
He was born August 26, 1930 in Philadelphia, PA to the late Joseph, Sr., and Rosemarie (Cistone) Zappo.

Joe worked for DuPont for 34 years at various positions, with his last title the job he loved the most, safety manager at the Chestnut Run Site. His career gave him opportunities to travel the world, something he enjoyed very much, and he continued to travel the world in his retirement.

At home, Joe was a member of the Delaware National Guard, where he rose to the rank of Lt. Colonel. He was also a 32nd degree Mason and a member of the Hiram Lodge #25 in Newark, DE for 63 years. Joe had many hobbies over the years, photography, working his yard, but he was especially good at carving duck decoys and displayed his work at shows in the area, and even won several awards for his work. He worked as an instructor at the Cecil Senior Services where he coached those with chronic illnesses on how to adapt to their change in lifestyle, his knowledge drawn from his own experiences.

He is survived by his wife Arlene; daughter Rozie Zappo and companion Blamoh Doe; son Joseph Zappo III and wife Brenda; granddaughter Jennifer Whisler and husband John; grandson Nick Zappo and fiancé Heather, all of Newark, DE; stepson Andy Mitchell and wife Jamie and their children Logan and Olivia of Chesapeake City, MD.

As per Joe's wishes, all services will be private. To send condolences visit www.rtfoard.com.
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