Joseph DiCarlo passed away peacefully at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx on September 12th. He was 81 Years old. He was born in New York City, the son of Joseph and Rose DiCarlo.
Joseph was a grade school teacher in the Archdiocese of New York with a Master’s Degree in Catechetics from St. John’s University. A man of many talents, prior to teaching, he was a staff writer for the Yonkers newspaper, The Herald Statesman. He is also the author of Following Christ, the sixth grade catechism of the popular “Faith and Life” series published by Ignatius Press. Additionally, Joe played and taught guitar, and wrote songs and poetry some of which has been published.
As a young man Joe studied Life Drawing and Painting at the Art Students League in Manhattan and also apprenticed under the 20th Century artist, Alfredo Crimi. During the 1970’s ten of Joe’s oil paintings were purchased by Cabrini Medical Center. Joe’s artwork is broadly eclectic ranging from contemporary subjects such as Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie to Biblical themes.
Since suffering a stroke in 1996 which left him unable to speak or use his right hand, Joe taught himself to draw and paint again with his left hand and continued to express himself and praise God through his art throughout his life.
Joseph was predeceased by his sister Benita and is survived by his sister, Norine and his brother-in- law, Robert Strittmatter.
Visitation will take place at Pelham Funeral Home at 64 Lincoln Avenue, Pelham. A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Pelham Manor. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery.