Joseph Stevens

Joseph A. Stevens

Tuesday, December 19th, 1944 - Saturday, September 19th, 2020
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Joseph A. Stevens, 75, passed away on Saturday, September 19, 2020. Born on December 19, 1944, he was the son of the late George A. and Mildred Lane Stevens. Known always as “Joe” to family and friends, he attended New Hamburg schools. On December 11, 1966, he married the one and only love of his life, Betty Ann Powers, who predeceased him in 2008.

Joe worked for the City of Poughkeepsie Public Works for 17 years in the Water Dept. and also as a heavy equipment driver before moving on to other endeavors. His duty to community was evident in his service as a volunteer fireman in the City of Poughkeepsie, always at the ready, for 17 years. During his working career he was also employed at Vassar Brothers Hospital in Poughkeepsie, NY, working in the Security Department for 38 years where he eventually retired in 2007. His friendly, welcoming smile led his colleagues to call upon him in their time of need of assistance knowing he was there for them, he was liked by many.

Joe loved his NY Yankees, although he thought the Dodgers were still coming back to New York. He enjoyed putting together puzzles and completing his word search and coloring books. He loved building car models of all types and had an unrelenting love of the automobile, owning many vehicles that would be considered classics today. On Christmas Eve for many years he could be found playing Santa Claus for the residents of Vassar Warner Home in Poughkeepsie, running into the parlor with sleigh bells and toting a velvet bag of gifts over his shoulder to their delight. Even as a Grandfather, he became a leader in his Grandson’s Cub Scout Pack, just to be part of his life while reminiscing of the days gone by with his own son and his own experiences as a Scout. Joe will be missed dearly by his loving dog and “best friend” Charlie.

Surviving is his daughter, Tanya E. Stevens of Pleasant Valley, NY, his son Joseph P. Stevens and his wife Laura of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., grandson, Joseph P. Stevens, Jr. and granddaughter, Olivia D. Stevens, both of Poughkeepsie, NY. Also surviving is his sister Mildred Stevens of Pleasant Valley, NY and several nieces and nephews. Joe was predeceased by his sister, Vera Grieve in May 2018.

Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 from 4:00 – 7:00PM at the Wm. G. Miller & Son Funeral Home, Inc., 371 Hooker Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12603. A mass of Christian burial will take place on Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 10:00AM at St. Mary’s Church, 231 Church St., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. Entombment will follow the service at Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery, Poughkeepsie, NY. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Joe’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association website, www. To leave an online condolence please visit our website,
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Wm. G. Miller & Son F.H. ,Inc.
    371 Hooker Ave.
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  • Service

    Thursday, September 24th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Thursday, September 24th, 2020 10:00am
    St. Mary's Church
    231 Church St.
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  • Interment

    Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery
    342 South Avenue
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Pat Sullivan

Posted at 08:19pm
I remember Joe very well at Vassar. He was a great guy. He'll surely be missed. I'm sorry for the family's loss.


Dennis McGuire

Posted at 06:54pm
Joe and family we are very sorry to hear of your loss may wonderful memories help you through these tough days, Dennis and Leslie McGuire

Dennis McGuire

Posted at 06:51pm
Joe and family we are very sorry for your loss, may wonderful memories help you through these tough days, Dennis and Leslie McGuire

Lisa Corcoran

Posted at 01:58pm
To all of the Stevens family, I send my heartfelt condolences for your loss. Losing a loved one is never easy, and my heart goes out to all of you during this time. I wish you healing and peace.
Warmest regards,
Lisa Corcoran

Raymond Hart

Posted at 04:45pm
Joe A. was a very good person. I remember working with him at VBH , we always called him Joe Sr. because we also worked with Joe P. as well.

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