Joseph was born in Baltimore, MD on March 5, 1920. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University with an A.B. degree in 1940 and an M.D. degree in 1943. He was a diplomate of the American Board of Urology and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
During World War II, Joe served as Captain in the medical corps AUS. He was on the staff of St. Mary’s Hospital in San Francisco for 39 years, serving as Chief of Urology, Chief of Staff, and a member of the board of directors. He also was an associate clinical professor at UCSF, and a member of the Olympic Club (60 years) and Sixty Plus at SF State University.
Joe is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 71 years, Angelina Alioto Presti, and by five children: Christina Dall’Era (Arnaldo), Marguerite Bartels (Ronald, deceased), Laura Carroll (Peter), Torey Presti (Virginia) and Joseph C. Presti, Jr. (Micaela). Also survived by 10 grandchildren and their families: Maria Dall’Era (Dan Durkin), Marc Dall’Era (Stephanie) Joseph Dall’Era (Tara), Joshua Bartels (Dani), Lauren Barshied (Matt), Ryan Carroll, Savannah Carroll, Joseph Martin Presti, William Presti, and Joseph T. Presti. He was a loving bis nonno to 9 great grandchildren and uncle and cousin to many.
Joe was devoted to the field of medicine, and this devotion was passed on to one of his sons, son-in-law, and three grandchildren. Joe enjoyed a full life with a love of opera, symphony, theater and travelling the world with friends and family. His favorite vacation, though, was the week spent at Lake Tahoe every summer with his large and growing family.
Joe’s green thumb was legendary; he loved to spend time in his garden, tending to his orchids and begonias, which he lovingly nurtured for decades.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Daniel Pound for his expert care and endless compassion in the care of their husband/father, as well as Victoria Manase for her years of loving care and attention to every detail in making his life comfortable. More recently, Lin Ahokava has lovingly assisted in his care. At the request of the deceased, private services were held at the site of inurnment in Holy Cross Cemetery. The family appreciates donations in his memory to Sisters of Mercy, 2300 Adeline Dr., Burlingame, Ca 94010, UCSF Foundation-Clara Shen Teaching Fund, PO Box 45339, San Francisco, CA 94145-0339 or Hospice by the Bay, 180 Redwood St., San Francisco, CA 94102.
This loving, gentle man will be missed by all. Services are private.