Joseph G. DeBiase, 71, husband of Emma (Horton) DeBiase, died at Danbury Hospital on Dec. 1, 2008, surrounded by his family, after a year-long battle with cancer.

Mr. DeBiase was born Jan. 2, 1937, in Waterbury, son of the late Joseph and Mary DeBiase.

He graduated from Woodbury schools and worked at the Fabric Firehose in Sandy Hook, Connecticut Tubing in Woodbury and retired from the
Newtown school district.

He was a lifelong member of the Bethlehem Fair Society , and a longtime member of the Waterbury Elk's Lodge.

Besides his wife, he is survived by 11 children,
Donna Collins and her husband Mark of Vian, Okla., Michael J. DeBiase of Danbury, Lisa Ridgeway and her husband Robbie of Vian, Okla., Forrest N. Horton and his wife Pat of Danbury,
Leon F. Horton of Naugatuck, Marie J. Horton of Danbury, Bradley M. Horton of New Milford, Tina L. Yaunsem and her husband David of Washington Depot, Priscilla A. Veneziano and her husband Rich of Danbury, Laura J. Laughlin and her husband Jerry of Ft. Myers, Fla. and Susan A. Britton and her husband Bobby of Danbury.

Also, he is survived by a sister, Linda Cole
and her husband Art of Woodbury; 15 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a brother, George DeBiase; a sister, Grace Cole ; and a son, Timothy J. Horton.

The Woodbury Funeral Home of Munson-Lovetere was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Danbury Hospital Praxair Center , 24 Hospital Ave., Danbury, CT 06810.