July 26, 1953 ~ June 7, 2020

Born in: Providence, RI
Resided in: Greece, NY

Joseph S. Grasta Jr.

Greece:  Sunday, June 7, 2020 at age 66 went home to be with his parents, Joseph Sr. and Mary Grasta; sister, Joan Valvassori; nephew, Bobby Grasta.  Survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Rosanna; devoted sons, Tony and Chris Grasta; brothers, Robert (Lisa), Michael Grasta; sister-in-law, Kathy (Jim) Vandeluyster; brother-in-law, Glenn Valvassori; nieces and nephews, Andy, Tom, Caitlin, Jimmy, Mary, Danielle; Johnny (Melissa) Salter who was like a son and their daughters who were Joe’s bright light in his life and knew him as Pa Joe, Lucy, Layla and Lena; special friends, Maryellen (Lou) Lange and Jack Risio, many loving family and dear friends. The family would like to thank special friend and doctor, Dr. John Robb. Thank you for all of your years and devotion to Joe and the family.

Joe was a retiree of Eastman Kodak Co. He loved spending quality time with his sons, hunting, fishing, working in his yard and was an avid wrestling fan.  He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

Joe’s private entombment will be held in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to American Diabetes Association or American Heart Association in his name.  For more information and to sign his online guestbook, visit



Holy Sepulchre Cemetery
2461 Dewey Avenue
Rochester, NY 14612

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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Joseph S. Grasta 's name.

American Diabetes Association

160 Allens Creek Rd. Rochester, NY 14618

American Heart Association

25 Circle Street #102 Rochester, NY 14607

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  1. Such a wonderful man Joe was. Always so funny & kind. He loved his family so much. He also loved children. Joe, you certainly will be missed. May you soar on Angel’s wings to Heaven. Watch over & guide Roe as well as Tony & Chris. You have no more pain only happiness. I will see you again. Much love, Mare

  2. Rosanna, Tony & Chris, My Granddaughters enjoyed spending time with Pa Joe. He was always Kind, Loving & will be deeply missed by all. My thoughts & prayers are with your family at this difficult time. Love, Lisa

  3. Joe was always such a great guy. You could always rely on him to have a great smile and a wonderful, humorous outlook on life. I have not seen him or Rosanne in years but do think of them frequently. Ro and family I know how much you will miss him. He will be missed by all that have had the opportunity to have known him. My heart goes out to you. May the memories of his smiles continue to light your days. Love to you all.

  4. So sorry to hear about Joe, he was a wonderful man. I knew him from cardio rehab and he always would talk about his family with great pride. We had a lot of great conversations and many laughs also. I will forever miss you Joe. Prayers for your family.
    Joanne Cheshire

  5. As a cousin, Joe was a wonderful addition to our family. Ro and I are first cousins and have shared all life events through the years. Will miss Joe always being helpful and fun to be around… airport limo when I flew, and tremendous help with caring for my mother’s house and well being. As he rests in peace, we are comforted to have had him in our lives.

  6. Dear Grasta Family, This is the saddest news. We gym members @ cardiac rehab have missed him so over the last few years . It was wonderful to hear he had come up for a visit a few months ago. Now this. He suffered so much for far too long.
    Joe was so full of fun and good spirits, trading barbs with everyone. The first to get a card ready to send to someone ill. So proud of his sons. So worried about his wife’s health while taking care of her parents. He’d drive anyone to an appointment, to lunch . He and “Little Joe” and Enzo will be glad to see each other again to trade the stories and the laughter.
    We are so, so sorry for your loss . ..

  7. Rose, Tony and Chris, Our hearts are broken at the loss of our dear friend. There are so many wonderful memories of times at the cottage, the guys hunting and just wonderful times together. We will always keep the memories and you close to our heart. You couldn’t help but love Joe
    George and Linda Hardy

  8. So so sorry for your loss. Joe was a wonderful human being. So full of fun and humor. May he rest in peace.

  9. Ro, we were so sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. We will remember his warmth and kindness. He was easy to talk to and had a wonderful sense of humor. We’ll be thinking of you and your boys during this difficult time. You are in our prayers….

  10. Rosanna, Tony and Chris,
    Joe was such a great guy!
    We will always remember him
    as such a wonderful, fun loving
    coach and special person. Brian always enjoyed being on his teams. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Lydia & Al Ferguson

  11. So very sorry for your loss, I will always remember the great memories we had as neighbors on crystal creek. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  12. Joe was a great guy! We had some fun times at Cardiac Rehab! Enjoyed his company at Stoney’s!
    Rest in peace my friend. You will be missed by many. Sincere condolences to the entire family.


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