Joe was born Dec. 27, 1948, in the Bronx, New York City, New York, the son of Louis Joseph and Mary (Basasi) Maccarone.
Joe graduated from Christiana High School with the class of 1967.
His favorite job in Delaware was head chef at the Horseless Carriage.
He married Sally E. Miller Feb. 9, 1974.
They left Newark, Del., soon after their wedding for a honeymoon road trip across the United States. Along the way, they stopped in Laughton, Okla., to visit with his sister, north to Estes Park, Colo., and then landed in Center Point for "a short camping trip."
In 1978, they moved to Carbon, and he began working for the United States Postal Service as a Rural Letter Carrier in Brazil, and more recently, in Rockville.
He retired from the postal service in 2007. During retirement, he enjoyed spending time outdoors, fishing, gardening and taking care of his land.
Joe will be remembered as having great zest for life, and was very passionate about everything he did. He had tremendous energy and stamina, which carried with him to his last day. Joe also enjoyed politics, history and enjoyed his sense of humor and sharp wit.
He was preceded in death by his parents Louis and Mary Maccarone and nephew Jody Patchell.
He is survived by his wife Sally, Carbon, sons Joseph D. Maccarone, Pekin, Ind., Michael Maccarone and wife Chrisy, Center Point, and Lou Maccarone, Phoenix, Ariz., grandchildren Jessica E. Maccarone, Joseph Anthony Maccarone, Chassidy Maccarone, Courtney Maccarone, and Jacob Maccarone, siblings Tony Maccarone and wife Brenda, Tampa, Fla., Margaret Digilio, Tampa, Fla., Marie Nagy and husband Roger, Spring Hill, Fla., as well as many nieces, nephews and extended family members.
Visitation will be at French Funeral Home Friday, from 4-7:30 p.m., with Rosary services to follow.
Mass of Christian Burial will take place at Annunciation Catholic Church, Brazil, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, at 11 a.m., with Father Harold Rightor officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, Neb., 68410.
Visit www.frenchfuneralhome.com to light a candle in his memory.