Joseph Peter Gulotta

gulottaJoseph Peter Gulotta, 95, of Hitchcock, Texas passed away on the evening of Tuesday, March 24, 2015. Joseph was born on July 1, 1919 in Galveston, Texas to Maria and Gasper Gulotta. He was a 30 year resident of Hitchcock, formerly of Texas City, and a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. Joseph was a member of the United States Navy during WWII, the Knights of Columbus and a 4th Degree, JM Babin Council. He was part owner of the Terrace Drive Inn in Texas City and worked as a boilermaker before his retirement.

Joseph is preceded in death by his mother and father, and his step-son; George Mitchell Delany, Jr. He is survived by his loving wife; Mary Etta Gulotta, step-son; James Thomas Delany and wife Rhonda of Friendswood, brother; Gasper Gulotta of Houston, and five grandchildren; Laura Taylor Delany, Christopher George Delany, Michael Thomas Delany, Matthew Don Delany and Megan Elizabeth Delany. Special nieces Marie Janke and Elizabeth Lawhorn Cryder. “Papa Joe” was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend to all he met. He loved to cook as much he loved people.

Visitation will be held on Friday, March 27, 2015 at 1:00pm at James Crowder Funeral Home in La Marque. A service will begin at 2:30pm on Friday, March 27, 2015, followed by internment at Galveston Memorial Park in Hitchcock.

Pallbearers will be Nick Janke, Matt Janke, Yancey Lawhorn, Gabe Gulotta, Albert Janke and Tommy Toups. Honorary pallbearers will be, Melvin Bolding, James Thomas Delany, and members of the Knights of Columbus.


  1. Mary Etta, I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family.

    Linda Anderson Alexander
  2. Great man Mr. Joe, a lot of laughs and coffee at the Terrace
    Salute and many thanks for the cowboy boots

    Paul Anders Earl's son
  3. Mary Etta & Family,

    You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. May God give you peace and comfort in the days ahead.

    With deepest sympathy,
    Sharion (Havard) Moore
    Fort Lauderdale, FL

    Sharion (Havard) Moore
  4. A bunch of us at Texas City High in the 1950s spent lots of time eating lunch at the Terrace when we were at the old high school on 14th Avenue.
    Especially remember the last day of our junior year. We all piled into the booth and started to order our burgers when Joe said, “Just sit down.”
    He and his sister came out with large plates of spaghetti for all of us. And he wouldn’t let us pay for it.

    Good Memories!
    Class of ’59

    Jerry Cooper
    • ….It was chicken cacciatore for our crew…We loved the guy….and bless him for putting up with us. 1958.

      Stan Sewell
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  6. Uncle Joe was a wonderful person, always full of life and laughter. I have fond memories of him during my childhood visiting him in Texas. I always missed him during my adult life. So sorry to find out that he passed away, he will be missed terribly.

    Thoughts and prayers forever,
    Rose Mary Prince

    Rose Mary Prince

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