ANSONIA – Deacon Joseph DiPiro, a lifelong resident of Ansonia, passed away peacefully and surrounded by his family on Aug. 17, 2013, at his home. He was predeceased by his wife of 53 years Mary (Keohane) DiPiro.
He also was predeceased by parents Lawrence and Concetta (Ferrazzoli) DiPiro; his sister Anna (DiPiro) Boland and his brother Lawrence DiPiro.
Deacon DiPiro served as a deacon at Assumption Parish in Ansonia from 1981 to 2003. He served in the United States Navy during World War II and the Korean War. After attending the Academy of Aeronautics in New York, he had a career in airframe design at Sikorsky Aircraft in Stratford. A lead engineer of Sikorsky’s Black Hawk helicopter, he retired as a chief design engineer.
Deacon DiPiro is survived by his five children, Dr. Joseph DiPiro of Mount Pleasant, S.C.; Michael DiPiro of Middletown; Mary DiPiro Tow of Coventry, R.I.; Catherine Esposito of Charlotte, N.C.; and Daniel DiPiro of Wiesbaden, Germany. He also leaves 12 grandchildren.
Auxiliary Bishop Christie A. Macaluso celebrated a Mass of Christian Burial on Aug. 23 at Assumption Church. Burial with military honors followed in Mount St. Peter Cemetery in Derby.