Joseph W. Lester



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Rochester: Suddenly Monday, January 19, 2009 at age 61. Survived by his loving companion, Pamela Ricci; daughters, Jennifer (Thomas) Morey, Johanna Lester; brothers, Michael J. Lester, Steven J. (Collier) Lester, David J. (Amy) Lester; sister, Jody (Stephen) Fisher; grandchildren, Olivia & Alex Morey; aunt, Mary Lester; close friends, Beth (John) Coddington & Annabella; several nieces and nephews. Joe was employed with Lewis Tree Service for several years and was previously employed with Aquinas Institute where he taught American History. Friends may call Thursday 2-4 & 7-9 PM at the Vay-Schleich & Meeson Funeral Home 1075 Long Pond Road. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday 9:00 AM at Sacred Heart Cathedral, 296 Flower City Park. Interment Private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Open Door Mission or the Richard J. Pilliter “63” Memorial Scholarship (Aquinas Institute)in his memory.


  1. Jan Peck on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. I have been dating Mike (Lester) for a few months now and he has told me of so many fond memories with his brothers. I know that Joe was much loved by his family. I wish you many fond memories of him in the future and as Mike as said to me recently, know that he is in a better place. My sincere condolences to all. Jan Peck

  2. Michael Andersen on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    I have had both the privilege of knowing and working with Joe for many years at Lewis Tree Service. Joes love for the outdoors and passion for trees is a tribute to the Tree Industary. Joe will not only be missed by his family and friends but also by his many coworkers

  3. Ryan Blothenburg on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    I was very saddened to hear of Joe’s passing. We worked together for several years and I feel extremely fortunate to have known him. He was a wonderful person who always sought to make others laugh and feel special. I always knew I could depend on him. I hope you will look back on Joe’s life and find comfort in the memories that you made over the years. I am very sorry for your loss. ~Ryan P. Blothenburg~

  4. Sarah Fisher on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    I will always love you Uncle Joe… I will see you again…

  5. Kevin Mannara, AQ '81 on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Mr. Lester was my teacher at AQ, and I was his assistant as an athletic trainer during football season. He was a wonderful, patient, down to earth man. An overall wonderful human being. The words found in Matthew’s gospel about his patron, St. Joseph, can like wise be said about him: ‘Joseph was a good man’.

  6. Kim Hosmer on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    My husband Tom and I are very saddened by the news of Joe’s passing. I worked with Joe for several years and was honored to call him friend. He was a wonderful man who always had a smile on his face, a joke to tell or a story to share. He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

  7. bruce buechel on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    The aquinas family is saddened by the loss of joe.I graduated in 1985 and was lucky enough to have had joe as a homeroom and history teacher.He always had a smile or a joke to help us get through the day.Our thoughts and prayers are with joe’s family.

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