Samuel A. Teolis, Supervisor | Carmella M. Teolis, Funeral Director

Joseph R. DeSanzo, Jr., 61

Joseph R. DeSanzo Jr., 61, of Ellwood City passed away on Monday, May 15th, 2023 at his residence.

Joseph was born in Ellwood City on October 28th, 1961 to Joseph R. and Shaleen “Shelly” (Morgan) DeSanzo. He is a member of the Lincoln High School class of 1979, and the Divine Grace Parish, Holy Redeemer Church. A police officer, Joe had worked as a patrolman for the Perry Twp. Police Department, Zelienople Police Department with the rank of Sergeant, and the Butler County Drug Task Force. He is a past president of both the Butler County Fraternal Order of Police and the Riverside High School Football Boosters.

Joe is survived by his mother Shelly, sons Christopher Ryan DeSanzo of Franklin Twp., Joseph W. (Randi) DeSanzo of Ellwood City, and Jonathan DeSanzo of North Sewickley Twp., grandchildren, Braden, Caleb, Ethan, Maddyn, Dante DeSanzo, and Ivy Hammerly, sister Jodi (Brian) Damon of Philadelphia, and brother Joseph (Diana) Pfiefer of New Brighton.

He was preceded in death by his father Joseph R. DeSanzo Sr..

Family and friends will be received on Thursday, May 18th, 2023 from 1:00 pm until the time of the Blessing Service at 5:00 pm at the Samuel Teolis Funeral Home and Crematory Inc. with Father Mark Thomas officiating.

Memorial Contributions in Joseph’s name may be made to; St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,


  • Debra Mohr Posted May 16, 2023 7:50 am

    My deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Joseph. May your grief be comforted with the memories made throughout his lifetime. RIP and Gid Bless
    Thank you for your service.

  • FOP Lodge #36 Hanover, Pa Posted May 16, 2023 12:09 pm

    From the brothers and sisters at Lodge #36 Hanover Pa our condolences .

  • Officer Trina Loesch Posted May 16, 2023 6:07 pm

    Many good times spent with Sgt. I remember his laugh. Once on a midnight shift, my police cruiser was getting egged and me being a lot younger. I was naïve so I called over the radio that my car was getting egged and other departments route looking for perpetrator only to find out a time later that it was Joe that had done it. He did not admit to it right away because the state police route also looking and had no knowledge he did it. 😂.
    Another time I remember their department was on the range so I decided to stop over and long and behold I tried my first night shoot it didn’t turn out so well let’s just say a brand new police cars window was broken Joe lost it. He was laughing, so hard me I was upset and thought I was gonna get in trouble which I didn’t.
    So many memories with Joe so many good times someday we’ll see you again buddy I know you and Ron Cepek are up there catching up. To Joe’s family remember all the memories the good times that will keep you going..

  • Melinda Macioge (Landolfi) Posted May 21, 2023 11:08 am

    Dear Shelly, Jodi and family. We were so sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Love, The Macioges

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