Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade, Inc. Loses One of it's Founders
For Immediate Release
July 21, 2012
MIAMI, July 21, 2012 – MYRTETUS, JOSEPH W. November 16, 1934-July 16, 2012 Joseph W. Myrtetus, 77, died on July 16, 2012. He was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, graduating from West Philadelphia Catholic High School and Villanova University. After serving in the U.S. Army, he began working in the mortgage banking business in Philadelphia. In January 1960, he traveled to Miami, Florida on business and to play golf, stayed in Miami, and the rest is history. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles F. Myrtetus and May M. Myrtetus, his brothers, Charles and John, and his son, Colin. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Dorothy Duffy Myrtetus; his children, Duffy (Conchi), Joe (Joanne), Peter, Paul (Vivian), Brian, Claire Drummond (Richard), Claudia Orrego (Colin); and, his grandchildren: Ian Myrtetus, Sean Myrtetus, Caroline Myrtetus, Ana Myrtetus, James Myrtetus, Ellie Myrtetus, Max Myrtetus, Reed Drummond and Gracie May Drummond. Joe and Dotty were long time members of the Church of the Epiphany parish and school communities, serving on the Home & School Association, while their seven children attended Epiphany School. He was active for many years with the Marist brothers in the Christopher Columbus Parent Teacher Association and Booster Club; was a volunteer with Big Brothers of Dade County; and, was a long time member of the Board of Directors for Boystown of Florida, where the Archdiocese of Miami recognized him for his service to the community. He helped organize and operate the Miami-Dade Christmas in April program, which later became Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade. Family and friends all remember the old red house on S.W. 94th Street, where he lived and kept a woodworking workshop in the carport, his orchid house, and hanging plants in the old oak tree. His love of kids extended well beyond his own children and grandchildren to his many nieces and nephews, children of friends, and the boys of Boystown. A mass and memorial service will be held on August 4, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at the Church of the Epiphany (the old church) located at 5590 S.W. 84th Street, Miami, Florida 33143. Donations may be made to: Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade, Inc. http:// www.rebuildingtogethermiami. org/howtodonate.html. Arrangements by: NELSEN FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY Richmond, VA (804) 222-8601 View this Guest Book at www. MiamiHerald.com/obituaries.
Published in The Miami Herald from July 21 to July 22, 2012