Joseph P. Versagli Sr. of Landenberg

Joseph P. Versagli Sr., 87, of Landenberg, died Monday, Dec. 14, at Jennersville Hospital. He was the husband of Lorena “Reni” Cocciolone Versagli, with whom he shared 65 year of marriage.

Born in Landenberg, he was the son of the late Gusippe Versagli and the late Assunta Latttanzio Versagli.

Joseph P. Versagli Sr.

Joe was a lifelong mushroom grower, and part-owner of G. Versagli and Sons in Landenberg, retiring in 1998.

He was a member of St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother Church, the Italian American Club, and past president of the American Mushroom Institute. He was active in a lot of local activities.

Joe enjoyed hunting, golfing, playing horseshoes, bocci ball, and watching all sports, but especially being with his family and friends.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Joseph P. Versagli Jr. and his wife Carol of Landenberg, and Robert J. Versagli and his wife Marje of Coatesville; one daughter, Donna Hopkins and her husband Michael of West Grove; two sisters, Lena Cocciolone of West Palm Beach, Fla. and Emma Lattanzio of Landenberg; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Our hearts are hurting. Pop Pop was such a special man. He had a natural ability to make you feel like the most important person in a crowded room. He loved his family fiercely — all while making everyone outside his tight circle feel like his family too. Undoubtedly, to have known Pop Pop is to have known unconditional love. Our cherished memories will forever keep him in our hearts.

His services and burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers please help out a family who may be struggling during this time making their Christmas a little brighter.

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

Arrangements by the Kuzo Funeral Home, Kennett Square.


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