A funeral mass celebrating the life of Joseph T. Foresta, age 89, of Heath, was held November 16, 2018, in the Chapel of Holy Cross Cemetery, Pataskala, with Father Bill Hritsko officiating. Burial followed in St. Catherine’s Garden where military honors were observed by the Licking County Veterans Alliance.
Joseph was born November 9, 1929, in Columbus, to the late Salvatore and Antonina (Caito) Foresta. He passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 13, 2018, at Mount Carmel East Hospital following a brief illness. Joseph attended St. Leo School and St. Thomas Aquinas High School. He worked for many years as a driver and salesman for Mac Distributing and was a former owner of M & J Carryout on the Hilltop. He served honorably in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.
A faithful member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Buckeye Lake, he enjoyed traveling and spending time with his family.
He is survived by his loving family, a son, Joseph A. Foresta of Heath; a daughter, Paula L. (Charles) Kellar of Hebron; grandchildren, Jay Foresta, Katie Whitlatch and Jamie, Lynne and Frank Foresta; and great-grandchildren, Faith, Grace and Hope Whitlatch, Lana Foresta, and Lillian and Madison Foresta.
In addition to his parents; he was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Ramona M. Foresta, on August 13, 2016; a daughter, Toni; and a brother, Vincent.
Memorial contributions may be made to Catholic Social Services.
Hoskinson Funeral & Cremation Service in Hebron is honored to care for Joseph and the Foresta family.