Joseph John Vasaturo Sr., 86, of Brookfield died Jan. 2 at Danbury Hospital. He was the husband of Mary (DeVito) Vasaturo.

Mr. Vasaturo was born June 3, 1918, in Brooklyn, N.Y., a son of the late Michael and Anna (Allegrante) Vasaturo. He was raised in New York and moved to Brookfield in 1944.

He and his wife were sole proprietors of several local shops. They opened Joe's Corner, a variety store located at the
Four Corners in Brookfield, a shoestore in Brookfield, and later a shoestore in the Davis & Hoyt building.

Mr. Vasaturo opened Brookfield Barber & Stylist Shop, which was the first barber shop in Brookfield, and later went on to add another shop in Brookfield as well as in New Milford. Affectionately known as "
Papa Joe " by his customers, he took pride in serving several generations of the same family.

He was a past member of the Moose Lodge, the Brookfield Country Players , St. Joseph Minstrel and the Connecticut Grange, a charter member of the Amerigo Vespucci Lodge , and a founding member of the Sportsman Club , of which he was a past president.

Besides his wife, Mr. Vasaturo is survived by three daughters,
Ann Marie Chauvin and her husband Pete of New Milford, Patricia McGee of Maitland, Fla., and Mari Ann Lasky of New Milford; two sons, Joseph Jr. and his wife Susan of Danbury and Andrew and his wife Diane of Brookfield; a daughter-in-law, Nancy of Brookfield; a brother, Salvatore of East Haven; 23 grandchildren; 49 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a son, Michael, a brother and three sisters.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association , 300 Research Parkway, Meriden, CT 06450.