Joseph Eugene Nestro, Sr.

  • Born: February 14, 1932
  • Died: January 23, 2014
  • Location: Arlington, Virginia

Everly-Wheatley Funeral Home

1500 West Braddock Road
Alexandria, VA 22302
Tel. (703) 998-9200

Tribute & Message From The Family

Chief Petty Officer, U.S. Navy (Ret.)

He was born in Reading, PA to Joseph and Stella (Doskus) Nestro. While in high school, he became interested in baseball and basketball. He enjoyed watching and attending all types of sporting events, but especially baseball. He was an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team and his all-time favorite player was Stan "The Man" Musial. He also loved to read.

After high school, Joe met the love of his life, Barbara (Rand) in January 1951 when she was an usherette at the Orpheum Theatre in Reading, PA. Fred Pienta (mom's cousin) brought Dad to the theater to meet her. After the play began, all three (Fred, Mom and Dad) left the theater and went to the restaurant (Hofbrau) down the street. Mom sat on one side of the booth and Dad tried to sit by her, but she said no and he ended up sitting across the table with Fred. They all had something to eat and then Dad drove them all home in his 1950 Ford (Green Hornet). Dad dropped off Freddie first by Pendora Park and then drove Mom the long way home to her house. After that initial meeting, Mom and Dad began dating and the rest is history. They have had their ups and downs, but through it all have stuck together. They married in 1954 and would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary later this year. They raised two sons and three daughters. Dad enlisted in the United States Navy in 1952 and during his 31-year career he was stationed at Bainbridge Naval Training Center, Bainbridge, MD; NAS Corpus Christi, TX; USS Whitfield County (LST 1169) in Little Creek, VA; the Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS), Washington, DC; USS Yosemite (AD 19) in Newport, RI; USS Wallace L. Lind (DD 703) in Norfolk, VA which changed homeports in 1970 to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. While stationed in Hawaii he served at Naval Air Station, Barbers Point; Fleet Training Group; USS Badger (FF 1071); and Personnel Support Detachment, Pearl Harbor. In 1980, after spending 10 years in Hawaii, he transferred back to the Bureau of Naval Personnel, in Washington, DC where he subsequently retired as a Chief Personnelman (PNC). He was proud to serve in the U.S. Navy, was a hard working Sailor, and was also a great Chief to work for and with. After retirement, Mom and Dad made Arlington, VA home. They cherish the phrase "Lucky you live Hawai'i" which was the epitome of their Hawaiian experience.

He had a gentle demeanor, a fun loving nature and an infectious smile that endeared him to all. He loved talking with people and was keenly interested in knowing their life's story.

Dad called Woodbine Nursing Home his home for the past 5 years. His primary care physician, Ulrich Prinz, MD, provided outstanding care and support over the past decade and especially during the last weeks of his life. Mom was totally devoted to Dad and was his strongest advocate ensuring he was well cared for while visiting him daily. They enjoyed playing bingo and watching movies together. They shared a beautiful life together…Faith, Hope and Love…of these the greatest is LOVE!

Condolence & Memory Journal

I'm so sorry to hear of his passing. He was such a kind man. Peace and blessings to all of the Nestro family. I know he will be missed.

Posted by Kristin Walker - Yukon, OK - friend of the family   March 11, 2014

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Remember all the good memories and good times! We love all of you! Love Pattianne Olson and Anna Huson

Posted by Pattianne Olson - Osseo, WI   January 31, 2014

He was a good little nephew even though he grew to be very tall.he will be sadly missed.From Cecilia Kline

Posted by Angel Biros    January 30, 2014

To all the Nestro family Uncle joe will be greatly missed. I will cherish the wonderful memories we have shared. His smile n laughter will live on in our hearts. Rest in peace. GOD BLESS YOU n your family. Hugs to all!
Love your Angel in Pa!

Posted by Angel Biros    January 30, 2014

This message is for Big Joe Nestro Jr., I'm sorry to hear about the loss of your Father (Joe Sr.). I truly appreciate his military service to our country. I pray your family will find strength during these coming days. Take care and know we'll be praying for you. Mack Jr. (Class 02-04)

Posted by Mack Gadsden, Jr. - Elk Grove, CA - Friend of Joe Jr.   January 30, 2014

Please know all of you area in my thoughts & prayers. Love, Peggy Sluga and family. Sorry for your loss.

Posted by Peggy Sluga - Eau Claire, WI   January 29, 2014

Kristen and family,
Thank you so very much for sharing all the wonderful stories about Pops. What a wonderful Man! My heart goes out to you all during this sad time. May you find comfort in the memories you hold dear.
Many hugs & lots of love sent your way,
Jennifer Olson

Posted by Jennifer Olson - MN - Friend   January 29, 2014

My sincere condolences to the family for the loss of your love one. May prayers strengthen you and memories comfort you. May our Lord Jesus Christ and God our Father, who loves us, comfort your hearts and make you firm. (2 Thessalonians 2:16,17)

Posted by A friend   January 29, 2014

This message is for Joe Jr. I am truly sorry about your Dad and want you to know that my prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. I know your Dad has been in poor health in the last few years, but I also know that does not make your loss and less. Good memories are what you have so your Dad will always be with you.

Posted by Shirley Beverley - Herndon, VA - friend of Joe Jr. and Julie   January 29, 2014

Pops you will always be with me through spirit and love. Thank you for all the memories we've shared and all the lessons you have taught me. I appreciate all your love and support you have given me throughout the years. You will truly be missed. I will forever be your little tweety bird. I hope you're resting easy, Pops. I love and miss you.

Posted by Nicole Reed    January 28, 2014


Pop has been and will continue to be a dynamic part of our family. We will miss him dearly. Our love for him is endless, our grief unfathomable. Rest in peace Pop. I love you always, Kristen

Posted by Kristen Reed - Arlington, VA - daughter   January 28, 2014


In loving memory of a wonderful grandfather and great-grandfather. Thanks for all the are greatly loved and will be greatly missed.

Posted by Laura Mahaney - Fredericksburg, VA - Granddaughter   January 27, 2014