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Joseph Donald Branco

August 24, 1936 — April 23, 2024

New Jersey

Joseph Donald Branco

Joseph Donald Branco from Gibbstown New Jersey,87, lovingly known as Joe, passed away on April 23, 2024, in Belton, Texas. He was born on August 24, 1936, in Camden, New Jersey to Franceso Branco and Etta (Entz) Branco. Joe had a remarkable life journey filled with love, laughter, and dedication.

In his early years, Joe graduated from Haddon Heights High School and distinguished himself as a talented high school football player. Following his graduation, he honorably enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in October 1956 and dutifully served as an Administrative Man (Chief Clerk) until September 1958. His commitment to his military service exemplified his strong work ethic, sense of duty, and patriotism.

Joe's professional career centered around magazine distribution, culminating in his retirement as a regional manager from Select Magazines. His hard work and dedication left a lasting impact on those around him.

Beyond his professional life, Joe's true joy came from his family and friends. He met the love of his life, “Jane” (Ralston) Branco after meeting at a local dancette, and together they built a beautiful family. Joe was a devoted and loving father to his two children and took immense pride in their accomplishments.

An active member of the community, Joe was involved in various organizations such as the Paulsboro Sportsmen’s Association and the local Knights of Columbus chapter. His faith was also a significant part of his life as a devout Catholic.

In his leisure time, Joe enjoyed playing pool, watching NCIS and classic westerns, and watching professional soccer games. He had a passion for billiards and was the family pool shark that no one could beat. He enjoyed regularly testing his intellect and was an avid daily crossword puzzle cruciverbalist. Being a man of many talents, he was also an exceptional cook and navigated a kitchen like a pro, always providing delicious meals for his loved ones. He found tremendous joy in cooking up specialties like pizza, ribs, seafood, Easter Pie, homemade meatballs, crab imperial, and steaks, and watching everyone enjoy them. Additionally, he held a special place in his heart for dogs, especially Boston Terrier rescues. 

Known for his humor and wit, Joe was a "Ball Buster" who always had jokes up his sleeve to bring smiles to those around him. Most days you could find him bartending at the Paulsboro Sportsmen's Association where he spent time with his second family. His many friends were like family to him, and he cherished every moment spent with them. 

Joe's proudest accomplishments revolved around his family. His children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren held a special place in his heart; he never missed an opportunity to support them at soccer games or be present for important milestones. His presence at soccer games is fondly remembered by those who knew him, and feared by refs everywhere.

Joe is reunited in death with his parents, Mr. Franceso Branco and Etta (Entz) Branco; his beloved wife of 51 years, Sarah Jane (Ralston) Branco; as well as three brothers: Frank Branco Jr., August Branco, and Donald Branco.

He is survived by his daughter Sharon (John) Todd of Belton, Texas; son Joseph Jr (Sharon) Branco of Franklinville, New Jersey; three grandchildren: Richard (Christina) Branco, Joseph (Tara) Branco III, Justin Branco; along with three great-grandchildren: Richard "RJ" Branco Jr, Elora Branco, and Leo Branco.

A Memorial Service to honor Joe's life will take place at a later date in New Jersey. 
The memory of Joseph Donald "Joe" Branco will forever live on in the hearts of those who knew and loved him.

In Lieu of flowers please consider making a memorial donation to ASPCA or your local pet rescue charity. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Young's Daughters Funeral Home & Bereavement Center.
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