Joseph N. Ursini of Downingtown
Joseph N. Ursini (Joe), 79, of Downingtown, completed his earthly life on November 15th, 2016, at home surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Stella A. (nee Karahalis) Ursini, his high school sweetheart, with whom he shared 57 years of marriage. He was a son of the late Nicola and Adelina (nee Spadona) Ursini. He graduated from Downingtown High School in 1955. In high school, Joe played the trumpet and had a nine piece dance band called the Silver Stars, which performed at Steel Pier in Atlantic City, NJ, among other venues.
Joe graduated from Barber School in Philadelphia. Growing up, he worked in his brother Tony’s barber shop and in 1957, Ursini’s Barber Shop was opened on Brandywine Avenue. The brothers cut hair for over four generations. Joe also cut hair with Tony at the Valley Forge Army Hospital in Phoenixville. On Wednesdays, when the Barber Shop was closed, the brothers would cut hair at Church Farm School. Joe was also employed by Pepperidge Farm in the 1970s, when long hair was in style. He also owned Kings Highway Inn, in Thorndale and Central Tavern in Coatesville.
Joe enjoyed playing cards with his friends. When he had the chance, he loved to relax at his bayside home in Ocean City, MD, fishing and boating with his grandchildren and his friends. Joe was known for his kind, generous heart and his endless sense of humor. He was a life-long member of St. Joseph Church, the Minquas Fire Company and the Moose, as well as a member of the Lion’s Club, all in Downingtown.
In addition to his wife Stella, he is survived by his children; daughters Kathleen M. Allan (William) of Chester Springs and Susan C. Ursini of Downingtown; a son, Nicholas J. Ursini of West Chester, as well as three grandchildren; Devin A. Ursini, Blair K. Allan and Brett K. Allan. Joe was predeceased by two children, daughter Michelle A. Ursini and son Christopher M. Ursini and his dear brother, Anthony. Joe’s cardiologist, Dr. Susan Wiegers, Dean of Cardiology at Temple University, went above the call of her profession for Joe. He had the best care from Neighborhood Hospice of West Chester, especially from his devoted nurse, Susan Oddo.
A Funeral Mass celebrating Joe’s life will be held at St. Joseph Church, 338 Manor Ave., Downingtown, on Monday, November 21st at 11:00 a.m., where family and friends may call from 9:15 – 10:45 a.m.
Interment will be at St. Joseph Cemetery in Downingtown.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Neighborhood Hospice, 795 E. Marshall St., West Chester, PA 19380.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by the James J. Terry Funeral Home, 736 E. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown, PA. To send online condolences, visit www.jamesterryfuneralhome.com.