Joseph  Vetter

Obituary of Joseph G. Vetter

Joseph Gerard Vetter passed away peacefully in his sleep at home in Schwenksville, PA, with his beloved wife, Barbara, by his side on July 26, 2020.  He was 90 years old.


Joe was a native New Yorker born on October 29, 1929, in Brooklyn.  He was the oldest of four children and only son of Joseph M. and Marie C. Vetter.  He spent his teen years in Glendale, Queens, and attended Newtown High School in Elmhurst.  He proudly served his country in the US Army from 1951 - 1953. 


He was a great athlete and loved being active.  He played softball with the Knights of Columbus for many years and was an avid bowler and golfer well into his 8th decade of life.  Before joining the military, he had been recruited by a Major League Baseball farm league. 


Prior to his retirement, Joe worked in office management for M.W. Kellogg, where he met Barbara, and Stone & Webster Engineering Corp. in Manhattan.  He and Barbara were married on September 6, 1958, and raised their two daughters in Maspeth, Queens.   


Barbara and Joe retired to Schwenksville, PA in 2003 where Joe was in his glory surrounded by golf courses.  In later years, he enjoyed joining his neighbors from The Colony at Skippack for bocce games in their community and bowling at Facenda-Whitaker Lanes.  Even after moving from Queens, he continued to follow his New York teams, the Mets and Giants. 


In addition to his wife, Joe is survived by his two daughters, Barbara Brownell (Ed) of Maspeth, NY and Diane Squires (Dave) of Plymouth Meeting, PA; sisters Jeanne (Tom) Finken and Mary (John) Oestreicher, as well as many cousins, nieces & nephews.  He was predeceased by his loving sister, Patricia (Richard) Diemer.   He was an adoring Pop-Pop to his grandchildren, Stephanie Sara Thompson and Tyler Joseph Squires.


Joe is greatly missed by his family and countless friends who share wonderful memories.  In lieu of sending flowers, the family would be very grateful for a contribution made to your favorite charity in Joe’s memory.


Relatives and friends are invited to attend his memorial Mass at 11 AM on Thursday, August 6, 2020, at St. Mary Catholic Church, 40 Spring Mount Rd. Schwenksville, PA 19473. You can watch the service by clicking HERE. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we ask that all attendees wear a mask and practice social distancing. Interment will follow at Washington Crossing National Cemetery. Online condolences may be made to the family at


Memorial Mass

11:00 am
Thursday, August 6, 2020
St. Mary Catholic Church
40 Spring Mount Rd.
Schwenksville, Pennsylvania, United States
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