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Joseph John Rydesky

June 7, 1932 — January 20, 2024

Newtown Square, PA

Joseph John Rydesky, age 91 of Newtown Square, passed away January 20, 2024 surrounded by family. 

Born in Pottstown, PA, he was the son of the late Edward Rydesky and Geneva (née Reitnauer) Feine.

Joseph was the beloved husband of the late Margaret Mary (née Ashworth) Rydesky of 48 years; the loving father of Ted Rydesky (Carrie) and Rich Rydesky (Adriana).  He was the proud grandfather of Marcy, Teddy, Sam, Aubrey, and Logan and is also survived by his sister-in-law, Claire Rydesky, as well as countless nieces and nephews.  He is predeceased by his brothers, Richard Rydesky and John Rydesky.

While born in Pennsylvania, Joe moved to Concordia, Kansas and lived there until the age of 7. He would often retell stories of hunting jackrabbits (at the age of 6 with his 8 year old brother) and hopping train cars to ride into town. His family returned to Pennsylvania, settling in West Chester. He had a passion for sports and school - having graduated salutatorian from St Agnes High School in 1950 and was accepted but ultimately unable to attend Harvard, Yale and Princeton. Joe did graduate from St. Joseph’s University and was employed as an auditor in the accounting industry.  He loved to fish and could often be heard explaining how he had introduced the rubber worm to the ponds and lakes of eastern Pennsylvania upon returning home from a trip to Houston. Joe had many lifelong friends and met many more along the way at the ballfields and basketball courts as he attended any ball game that his children or grandchildren might be playing. When not taxiing around his kids, he could be found going to watch race horses, visit baseball card stores, attend Eagles training camps at Lehigh, or taking trips to Wildwood. He was always so quick with a joke or able to tell a story so unbelievable it had to be true. His interactions with others always brought countless smiles to those he met during his 91 years.

Relatives and friends are invited to his Visitation, Saturday, January 27, 2024, 9:30 to 10:30 AM at St. Anastasia Church, 3301 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square, PA  19073, followed by his Funeral Mass, 10:30 AM.  Interment private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Joseph’s memory would be appreciated to the Flynn Foundation to help fund a fellowship for oncology nurses at

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