Joseph August Della Longa was born in Brooklyn, New York. on September 30th, 1936. He led a very blessed and diversified life. Being an architect, he designed a “blueprint for life” with a solid foundation. Joe was proud to serve his church, country, family and of his life accomplishments. Upon his graduation from Brooklyn Tech High School in 1954, he went to work full-time in an architect’s office and went to evening schools over a span of 12 years to prepare to take the national registered architect’s exam which he passed in 1970. Thus, enabling him to resign from his 9-year tenure with the City of New York and relocate his family to New Mexico in 1972. He was hired by the City of Albuquerque and in 1980 was promoted to “City Architect”, nominated as “Management Employee of the Year” 1987 and 1988. He retired from the City after 25 years but went right to work part-time in the private sector until his ultimate retirement in December 2007. He was a member of many professional organizations, a visiting lecturer, part-time instructor at UNM, TVI, ACI. Joe was especially proud of presenting his original AIA nationally accredited building code seminar to hundreds of design professionals and serving as a building code expert for numerous attorneys. Joe had two tours of duty in the Army, was a 3rd degree K of C, president of the Official Jerry Vale Fan Club, owner of the family restaurant for 19 years and an active member of St. John XXIII Catholic Community. His love of the Brooklyn Dodgers baseball team was exceeded only by that for his family. In 2007 he was preceded in death by his wife Marie of 49 years. He is survived by children Gregory, Steve, spouse Barb, John, Janene, spouse Joe, Joseph, spouse Sonia and grandchildren Nicole, Valerie, Andrew, spouse Denise, Matthew, Zachary, and Brooklyn. A celebration of life on June 1st at St. John XXIII Catholic Community, Located 4813 Tramway N.E. Albuquerque, NM 87111. A rosary at 1:00 P.M., Mass at 1:30 P.M.
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Reception afterwards. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. John XXIII Catholic Community.