Obituary: Joseph “Napa Joe” Toth, Sr.

From the Hopewell Fire Department:

“It is with a heavy heart that the Hopewell Fire Department announces the passing of past Chief Joseph “Napa Joe” Toth, Sr. Chief Toth joined the department around 1963. He served as Chief from 1983-1985. He was a pillar of the community and the department alike. Don’t curse, because you were sure to catch a crooked finger to the side of your head. He will be sorely missed by all. Arrangements are being made and the details will follow. Rest easy chief, we have it from here.”

From Wilson Apple Funeral Home:

Joseph A. Toth, 87, passed away at home on June 24, 2002. He was born in Skillman, NJ on April 1, 1935. He was owner of NAPA Auto Parts in Hopewell. He served in the Marine Corps Reserve. He was a past Chief of the Hopewell Fire Department and past Captain of the Hopewell Emergency Medical Unit. He belonged to the Knights of Columbus.

Son of the late Lazio and Mary Nitro Toth, he is survived by his wife, Eileen Bell Toth; his sons Joseph Toth (Kristine) and Michael (Christine) Toth; his daughter, Mary Eileen Moore; a brother, David Toth; a sister, Elizabeth Perrin; grandchildren, Joshua Moore, Joseph Toth, Caitlyn Hartel, Amanda Talarick, Hailey Toth, Nadia Toth; and great-grandchild Ainsley Talarick.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, June 29, 2022, 10am at St. Alphonsus RC Church, 54 East Prospect Street, Hopewell, NJ 08525. Friends may call at the Wilson-Apple Funeral Home, 2560 Pennington Road, Pennington, NJ 08534 on Tuesday, June 28, 2022 from 6 – 8pm. Interment will follow the service in Highland Cemetery, 29 Greenwood Avenue, Hopewell, NJ. Contributions may be made to the Hopewell Fire Department, 4 Columbia Avenue, Hopewell, NJ 08525. Condolences are welcome at

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