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“Miss you buddy! ”
1 of 34 | Posted by: Liz Kain - Phila, PA - Friend

“Miss you so much Joe! ”
2 of 34 | Posted by: Samantha Bebb - philadelphia, PA

“I Love you my Joe ”
3 of 34 | Posted by: Val - Mom

brother & sister love is the best kind of love <3 “Joe, i miss you so much and i don't really know how to deal with this! I try my best to put on a front and make it seem like i'm ok but deep down...Read More »
4 of 34 | Posted by: Samantha Bebb - Philadelphia, PA

“Joe,From the first time I met you, you always were so respectful and caring and had the most amazing smile. Your positive attitude and outlook on...Read More »
5 of 34 | Posted by: Taralynn - Philadelphia, PA

“Missing our chats! I'm always going to remember your smile. I know you will always be here in spirit. I have so many mixed emotions but sadness is...Read More »
6 of 34 | Posted by: Liz Kain - Phila, PA - Friend

“Valerie, We are so sorry to hear of the loss or your son, Joe. Pete and Chris told me of their close relationship with Joe through the years. Even...Read More »
7 of 34 | Posted by: Joe DiCianni and Phyllis DiCianni - NJ

“Valerie, You are in our thoughts and prayers at this very trying time. We are so sorry to hear this news and although we did not know Joe personally...Read More »
8 of 34 | Posted by: Joe & Cathy Marco - Hatboro, PA

“god bless us and ur family my kids went to mayfair ac and tom mccue was a coach ”
9 of 34 | Posted by: linda kratz - phila, PA - friend

“My fondest memories of you were when we hugged the day we give u the crib and my homemade pumpkin pie. You were Loved just misunderstood and SO good...Read More »
10 of 34 | Posted by: PAT MENDEZ - phila, PA

“So stunned & saddened by news of Joe's death. Although I lost touch with his mom, my 1st cousin, Valerie... I remembered Joe best, when he his 3rd...Read More »
11 of 34 | Posted by: Ednamarie "Gabby" Canada - PA

“Hearing the tragic news was shocking to us. We've been gone from Montague Street for 9 years now and still have very fond memories of Joey as he grew...Read More »
12 of 34 | Posted by: George & Jackie Haight - FL

“Unfortunately I know there is not much anyone can say to help ease the pain that your family and friends are feeling. However I do hope that you Joe...Read More »
13 of 34 | Posted by: Charley

“Joe, Words can't even begin to describe the heartache we all feel right now. I just want you to know how much I love you, and how much Joey loves you...Read More »
14 of 34 | Posted by: Steffanie Mendez - Philadelphia, PA

“Dear Valerie, Though I was never blessed with the opportunity to meet your beautiful son, my heart aches. You were a good friend and good person so...Read More »
15 of 34 | Posted by: Kimberly Bellis-Cavallo - PA

“Joe,This is the hardest thing any of us will ever had to go through. Words can never truly explain what you meant to this family and this world....Read More »
16 of 34 | Posted by: Brit - phila, PA - cousin

“Joe, I miss you so much and i could never begin to sit here and explain! Just know i will always be the best "AUNT" to Joey Jr & through me,...Read More »
17 of 34 | Posted by: Samantha bebb - Philadelphia, PA

18 of 34 | Posted by: Joseph Merlino - Toms River, NJ

“Rip.. JOey... Please watch over ur lil twin...YOur were such a good and funny man and friend. I know we all grew and some went our different ways,...Read More »
19 of 34 | Posted by: nikki rooney - phila, PA - friend

“You have a loving family and great friends and they will always be in my prayers and you will forever be in our hearts! Your son will need for...Read More »
20 of 34 | Posted by: Liz Kain - Phila, PA - Friend

“Val, Lee, Brandon and Family, no words can take away the pain that you are all feeling. Hopefully, they will bring some comfort to you. Prayers for...Read More »
21 of 34 | Posted by: The Sifoni Family - Philadelphia, PA

“Valarie, My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. So sorry for what your family is going through. May beautiful memories stay with all of you...Read More »
22 of 34 | Posted by: Kathleen Pirmann - Philadelphia, PA

“I'm so sorry I never got to know Joey but I know he will be missed. Val....I wish there was something all your Father Judge Sisters/Moms could do to...Read More »
23 of 34 | Posted by: Karen Rassier Whalen - PA

“Joey, You were a wonderful person. As I remember you as a young kid, grow into a fine young man and father, it breaks my heart not to see your smile...Read More »
24 of 34 | Posted by: Lisa Weber - Philadelphia, PA

“Joey you will definitely be missed. I don't know if you realized how many lives you touched. You were a great person and every time I seen you there...Read More »
25 of 34 | Posted by: Heather Mangini - Philadelphia, PA

“No words can describe the pain that is felt now that you are no longer here.. I will forever miss you.... ”
26 of 34 | Posted by: Joseph Merlino - Toms River, NJ

“Joey, I can't even describe how lost I feel knowing that I won't ever see your smile again. Even though you were younger than me, I looked up to you...Read More »
27 of 34 | Posted by: Nicole Murta - Philadelphia, PA

“Joey you will be forever in our hearts and soul we will never forget you we will carry you in our hearts forever you are sadly missed :( you are...Read More »
28 of 34 | Posted by: tina keller-hayes - phila, PA

“Always such a good kid and that smile that would melt the coldest of hearts you will always by the little boy I spent so much time with when you were...Read More »
29 of 34 | Posted by: Colleen Richter - Philadelphia, PA

“You were the friendliest, most easy going person I have ever met. You will be truly missed . I will continue to pray for your family and that...Read More »
30 of 34 | Posted by: Bridget Trautz - phila, PA

“Joey, Although we didn't get to really know each other, I considered you a good friend. We always hit it off and talked as if we knew each other for...Read More »
31 of 34 | Posted by: Bobby Rossiter - Philadelphia, PA

“You will missed so much, you touched so many people. Your memory will never die. Keep an eye on are an Angel! Xoxo ”
32 of 34 | Posted by: Liz Kain - Phila, PA - Friend

“I will miss very much until we meet again! I know my world is changed forever, but i carry so many memories of 28 yrs. of loving you unconditionally ...Read More »
33 of 34 | Posted by: Paula bender - Phila, PA - Aunt

“Love ya kid ”
34 of 34 | Posted by: Matt Wendler - Philadelphia, PA


Joseph M., on Nov. 29, 2012, age 28. Devoted son of Lee and Valerie Spatz (nee Bender), also survived by his son Joseph Michael Merlino, Jr and his mother Steffanie Mendez, loving brother of Samantha Bebb, and Brandon Spatz, dear grandson of Harry Bender and Myrna Ruby. Family and friends are invited to Joey's Life Celebration Wed. after 5pm from John F. Givnish of Academy Road, 10975 Academy Rd., Phila., PA 19154 followed by his Christian Burial Service 8:30pm. Int. private. To share your fondest memories of Joey visit 1-800-GIVNISH