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Joseph Michael DeFazio

Joseph Michael DeFazio, 39, passed away on October 5, 2019. Born July 15, 1980, he was the son of William DeFazio, Avoca and Kathleen Farrell DeFazio, Springbrook Twp., PA. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Joseph and Elizabeth DeFazio and his maternal grandparents John and Dorothy Farrell; aunt Sharon Farrell; and uncles John & Thomas Farrell, all of Avoca.

Joseph is survived by his mother, Kathleen; father William; brothers William & wife Melissa DeFazio and their children Dionna, Hope, Vincenzo, Santino, and Michael of Roaring Brook Twp. and Michael & wife Kim DeFazio of Moosic; and Michael’s daughter, Elizabeth DeFazio, Carbondale. In addition, Joseph leaves behind his aunts and uncles, Susan LaBruno, Rose Russo, Michael Farrell, Patrick & Linda Farrell, Michael “Duke” DeFazio and numerous cousins and friends who loved him.

Joseph was a bright, handsome and fun-loving guy whose infectious smile could brighten any room. He had a great sense of humor and enjoyed bringing happiness and laugher to those around him with his quick wit and lively personality. Unfortunately, Joseph also struggled with addiction.

Though his struggles are finally over and he is now at peace, the reality of Joseph's death is devastating to all who knew and loved him. No possible reason can ever justify the loss we feel. This is being disclosed, not to dishonor Joseph's memory, but to expose an illness that has taken far too many of our loved ones. If we allow shame, guilt or embarrassment to keep this disease hidden in the shadows, lives will continue to be lost. This disease is merciless.

Interment will be private but the family is planning a celebration of life that will be held at a later date.

Arrangements by Kiesinger Funeral Services, Inc., 255 McAlpine St., Duryea.

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