Joseph William Tusa, a resident of Stonebridge at Montgomery in Skillman, NJ, died September 21, 2019 at 101 years of age.
Born and raised in New York City, he attended PS 20 and was a 1936 graduate of Seward Park High School. He served in the United States Navy during World War II and was stationed on Iwo Jima.
He spent his career working in the garment industry in New York City. In retirement, he moved to Myrtle Beach, SC and traveled the world with his second wife, Giok.
He stayed very active as he aged, playing tennis, golf and doing water aerobics at his community pool. He loved ballroom dancing and at age 96 was still dancing almost every Friday night at the VFW in Murrells Inlet, SC. He was also an avid bingo player, participating weekly at his community center. Going on cruises with friends was another favorite pastime.
A very memorable and touching occasion in his life was being selected to go on an Honor Flight with other war veterans to visit the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC.
Son of the late Giovanni and Antonina (Campanella) and brother of the late Josephine , he is survived by his 3 daughters and one son, MaryBeth and Albert Kren, Eileen and Joe Calvanelli, Kathy and Bob Cocciolillo, and John Tusa, 4 grandchildren -- Stephanie Kren, Kelly Tusa Diehl, Joseph Tusa and Peter Calvanelli and 2 great grandchildren – Charles Diehl and Cameron Diehl. He is also survived by his close friend, Ellen Cacossa.
He is predeceased by his first wife, Patricia Moran and second wife, Koei Giok Oei.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10AM on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at St. Paul’s Church, 216 Nassau St., Princeton, NJ 08542.