Friday, September 7, 2018


OBITUARY--formerly of Croton-on-Hudson, NY, passed away on Thursday, September 6, 2018. He was 59 years old. Joseph was born in the Bronx, NY on July 16, 1959 to the late Joseph V. Pettit, Sr. and Rita C. (Rice) Pettit.

He will be forever remembered by his longtime companion and partner, Stanley L. Klunder and by his siblings, Karen (James) King, Rita (Mark) Many, Michael (Julie) Pettit and his sister-in-law, Lorraine Pettit. Joseph was predeceased by his eldest brother, Dennis Pettit. Uncle Joe will be lovingly remembered by his nieces and nephews, Jennifer King, Megan and Bryan Many, Kailee and Conner Pettit, Stephanie (Pettit) Bale, Tracy (Pettit) Segelbacher, James Pettit, and his great-nieces and nephews, Zachary and Noah Fadla (King), Owen Bale and Kaitlyn and Jaime Pettit.

Joseph was a graduate of Croton Harmon High School and St. Thomas Aquinas College with a Master of Science in Art Education. He was a dedicated Art teacher for many years and retired from the Yonkers NY Public School System. Joe was a devoted member of AA for over 35 years, never faltering in his service to others and always encouraging them to find the path he did so many years ago. He found great joy in helping others, including animals. He enjoyed many years with his loyal dog Rex and when he rescued his loving golden retriever Lexy, they were inseparable, often seen together riding in his convertible. He took great pleasure in traveling to adventurous destinations with his partner Stanley, visiting art museums and antiquing. As the most gracious host, he was equally happy entertaining and spending time with family and friends at home. Always humorous, always charming, his infectious laugh will forever be felt by all. Forever in our hearts, he will be missed beyond compare.

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