Joseph A. Zanni

  • Born: November 15, 1933
  • Died: February 2, 2019
  • Location: Reading, Massachusetts

Doherty Barile Family Funeral Home

11 Linden Street
Reading, MA 01867

Tel. 781.944.1589

Tribute & Message From The Family

READING – Joseph A. Zanni, 85, beloved husband of Sylvia (MacMillan) Zanni, passed away on Saturday, February 2nd, 2019, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Reading, he is the son of the late Domenick and Mary (Fulgoni) Zanni.

Joseph grew up in Reading and was a graduate of Reading Memorial High School, class of 1952. He served his country in the United States Army and the United States Air Force. Joseph owned and operated Domenick Zanni and Sons INC with his siblings. He was an avid Boston sports fan, especially the Patriots. Joseph enjoyed going to Foxwoods and trips to Aruba for over 25 years. His greatest joy came from his family. Joseph was a dedicated husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend who will truly be missed.

In addition to his wife Sylvia, with whom he was married for 62 years, he is the beloved father of David Zanni and his wife Karen, Peter Zanni and his companion Christine Florio, Paul Zanni and his wife Marianna and Diane Leonard and her companion Ed Roberts Cherished grandfather of Alexandra and Thomas Zanni, Nicole and Ray Gomez, Braeden, Jenna, Kayla and Michael Zanni, Marissa Leonard, Leah Nickerson and her husband Blair and Jaime and Kim Leonard. He is the great grandfather of 5 great grandchildren. Loving brother of William Zanni and his companion Beverly Goodwin, Edward Zanni and his wife Maria, Dorothy Zanni, Marie Gagnon and her husband Raynor and the late Domenick Zanni and his late wife Nancy. Father-in-law of the late James Leonard and uncles to many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are cordially invited to gather and share memories with Joseph's family at the Doherty-Barile Family Funeral Home, 11 Linden St. READING on Thursday, February 7th, 2019 from 10am-12pm.

Funeral Service will be held immediately following the visitation at the funeral home at 12pm.

Interment will be held privately.

Parking attendants are available.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Joseph's Memory to the Alzheimer's Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Rd, Waltham, MA 02452.

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Condolence & Memory Journal

To the entire Zanni family, I just wanted to let you all know How so sorry I was to hear of joes passing. Please accept my deepest condolences. I love and miss you all.
Elisa Magliozzi and family Kevin and Colby

Posted by Elisa Magliozzi - Wakefield, MA - Family Friend   February 06, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss. Joe was a great man. I have many memories of him growing up in the neighborhood. He will be missed.

Posted by Bob Westcott, Jr. - Bradford, MA - Friend   February 06, 2019