This is a sad day for me… Today would have been my father’s 87th birthday. Unfortunately he passed away on Friday, January 30th. We didn’t see eye to eye on many things but he was and still is my hero.
Like many of his generation he was a veteran of World War II, he served with 709th Military Police Battalion in Paris and later the 351st Engineer Regiment. Over the last few years he’d been visiting local schools and talking to students about his experiences during the war.
Joseph Arthur Setaro, age 86, of Valerie Lane, Danbury, devoted husband of Mary (Schirmer) Setaro, died at Danbury Hospital on Friday, January 30th. He was born in Danbury on February 2, 1922, son of the late Frank and Rosa (Cicchetti) Setaro. He was a graduate of Danbury High School and Henry Abbott Technical School. He received his architectural degree from Fountain Blue School of Fine Arts in Paris, France.
Mr. Setaro was a Veteran of World War II, serving with the United States Army in Northern France. He worked as a teacher for Henry Abbott Technical School for 25 years. Prior to working as a teacher, he designed the original Amber Room, the Candlewood Inn, Habitat International, as well as various industrial and commercial buildings in the area.
He was a parishioner of St. Gregory the Great Church, a member of the American Institute of Architects, and was founder of the Danbury Ski Club. He also enjoyed speaking to area schools about his military experiences.
In addition to his beloved wife, Mary, he will be sadly missed by his son, Jeffrey A. Setaro of Danbury; his daughter, Jennifer Santulli and her husband, Stephen of Pound Ridge, NY; his grandchildren, Olivia and Andrew Santulli. He is also survived by his two sisters, Mary Duchesne and Julie Halpin, both of Danbury; as well as several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his brother, Lawrence Setaro and his sister, Barbara Stolle.
Funeral Services will be held at the Cornell Memorial Home, 247 White Street, Danbury, on Wednesday, February 4th at 6:00pm with Deacon Bill Murphy of St. Gregory the Great Church officiating. The family will receive friends between 4:00 and 6:00pm.
In appreciation for the care and support for Joe and his family, contributions may be made in his memory to Regional Hospice of Western Connecticut, 405 Main St. Danbury, CT 06810.