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Joseph V. DeLena

Family & friends are invited to attend Visiting Hours on Thursday, November 21st, for Dr. Joseph V. DeLena in the Vertuccio & Smith, Home for Funerals, 773 Broadway (Rte. 107) REVERE from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony of Padua Church, 250 Revere St., REVERE at 11:00 .a.m. & immediately followed by interment in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Dr. DeLena died on Wednesday, November 14th, in Hospice in Seminole, Florida, where he had retired to over 25 years ago.

Born & raised in Revere, he was an alumnus (1944) of St. Francis Seraphic High School in Andover. He was 1951 Graduate of Merrimack College, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in 1951 & continued onto Suffolk University of Boston graduating in 1953. He further attended & graduated from Calvin Coolidge College & received his Doctorate in Education. He taught for several years Within the Revere School System & from about 1959 was the Director of Mental Health System for the City of Revere retiring in 1981. He also held the position of Assistant Superintendent for the City of Revere for several years. He joined the U.S. Army in August of 1946 & served until December of 1947. Continuing with military service, he was a member of the Army National Reserves for over 25 years, retiring with the rank of Lt. Colonel.

He is the beloved son of the late Joseph & Theresa (Quintina) DeLena. Devoted brother of Robert DeLena & wife Joan of Melrose, Richard DeLena & wife Marilyn of Miami, FL & the late Frank DiLena & Louis, Jerry & Ronald DeLena, Catherine Penza, Rose Marotta & Gloria MacDonald. He is also lovingly survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces & grandnephews.


Visiting Hours

Thursday, November 21st from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Funeral Mass

Thursday, November 21st at 11:00 a.m. in St. Anthony of Padua Church, Revere


Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959.

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  1. Joan Andrews-Snell
    Nov 17 2019

    Dr. DeLena was a dear friend of my Uncle Joe Ferraro and Dr. DLena would frequently visit my Grandparents’ Orvis Road home. When I was a student at the Henry Waitt School in North Revere, Dr. DeLena taught 7-8 grade. I couldn’t wait to have him as a teacher! But he left to become an administrator before I could have him. He was a highly regarded educator and a gentleman. I thought of him often as I began my teaching career and I realize that he was one of a number of Henry Waitt teachers who were wonderful models of professional educators. May he rest in peace.

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