Joseph A. DiStefano Jr. of Kennett Square

Joseph A. DiStefano Jr., 88, of Kennett Square, died peacefully on Tuesday, May 22.

Joe was the beloved husband of Emily Mote DiStefano, with whom he shared 66 years of marriage. He was a graduate of Kennett High School and proudly served in the U.S. Army.

Born in West Chester, in 1930, he was the son of the late Joseph, Sr. and Mary DiStefano. In concert with his father and brother, he built DiStefano’s mushroom growing business, in Avondale, retiring in 1991 after more than 50 years.

Joe was an avid golfer, longtime member of the Penn Oaks Golf Club, and enjoyed his annual trip to Hilton Head, S.C. with his wife Emily and friends from around the northeast.

In addition to his wife Emily, he is survived by his sisters-in-law Alma L. DiStefano and Margaret M. Hood, nieces Toni Marie, Nancy, Kathie DiStefano, Debbie Hood and nephews Mike and Bill Singleton and their families as well as numerous cousins.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by two sisters, Mary Singleton and Shirley DiStefano, and brother Emidio DiStefano.

His service and burial will be held privately.

To view his online tribute and to share a memory with his family, please visit


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