Joseph Michael Alestra – May 19, 1960 - December 16, 2017. Joseph passed away at the age of 57 with his beloved mother by his side.

Joe was a New Yorker at heart but lived the past 35 years in CA, where he worked for many years as a chef at prestigious hotels. He was a handsome, loving, caring, funny and thoughtful man with beautiful blue eyes, who inspired those around him. His first love was his family.

Joe is survived by his beloved mother Genevieve Alestra-Green, of Escondido, CA, whom he cherished every day. Also survived by his beloved brother, Michael Green, of CA, whom he cared for deeply and his beloved sister, Sandra Alestra of NY who was the apple of his eye. Also survived by Shelley Eckstein, who was like another sister.

Joe will be laid to rest by his father’s side, Joseph Alestra Sr.  and his grandparents in his hometown of Mullica Hill, NJ. He will be mourned by countless aunts, uncles, cousins as well as friends and family from coast to coast. Joe embraced life, had a strong religious faith and enjoyed being with family, travel, theater, music, martial arts and anything Italian. Joe was a warm and loving person who was loved by all.

Visitation will be held Saturday, December 30, 2017  from 10-11 am at the Catholic Community, Holy Name of Jesus Church, 17 Earlington Ave., Mullica Hill, NJ 08062, where Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11 am. Interment will be in the Holy Name of Jesus Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations to: Sandra Alestra at PO Box 20225, Floral Park, NY 11002.


Posted by Marcela Reglis on December 21, 2017
I've heard so many wonderful things about Joe and truly wish I would've gotten the chance to meet him. He sounded like an amazing man. I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. With love, Marcela
Posted by Linda Catona on December 21, 2017
I have know Joey (that’s what I called him) since he was 11 although we were not related by blood only by marriage, I always thought of him as my nephew, and still do. We had a special bond , we spent a lot of time together we use to go to wrestling matches, we always talked Food and new recipes. He was truly an inspiration to me, no matter what he was always positive! He will forever be in my heart and on my mind. I miss you
Posted by Linda Catona on December 21, 2017
I have know Joey (that’s what I called him) since he was 11 although we were not related by blood only by marriage, I always thought of him as my nephew, and still do. We had a special bond , we spent a lot of time together we use to go to wrestling matches, we always talked Food and new recipes. He was truly an inspiration to me, no matter what he was always positive! He will forever be in my heart and on my mind. I miss you

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Posted by Marcela Reglis on December 21, 2017
I've heard so many wonderful things about Joe and truly wish I would've gotten the chance to meet him. He sounded like an amazing man. I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. With love, Marcela
Posted by Linda Catona on December 21, 2017
I have know Joey (that’s what I called him) since he was 11 although we were not related by blood only by marriage, I always thought of him as my nephew, and still do. We had a special bond , we spent a lot of time together we use to go to wrestling matches, we always talked Food and new recipes. He was truly an inspiration to me, no matter what he was always positive! He will forever be in my heart and on my mind. I miss you
Posted by Linda Catona on December 21, 2017
I have know Joey (that’s what I called him) since he was 11 although we were not related by blood only by marriage, I always thought of him as my nephew, and still do. We had a special bond , we spent a lot of time together we use to go to wrestling matches, we always talked Food and new recipes. He was truly an inspiration to me, no matter what he was always positive! He will forever be in my heart and on my mind. I miss you
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Shared by Shelley Eckstein on December 21, 2017

Joe's passing is such a tragic event. He connected so deeply to those around him, even animals. Watching him with his bird, or around our cats when he visited, truly revealed the big heart he had. His love for family and his passion for life will be an inspiration and a fond memory for all. I know that his love for his family sustained him, as did his faith in God. May he find eternal rest and watch over us all from above.