Joseph L. “Joey” Aponte

Joseph Louis Aponte, affectionately known as JOEY beloved son of Esther M. Lentz, Lancaster, and Louis J. Aponte, was born July 22, 1968 in Lancaster, PA.  He departed this life unexpectedly September 19, 2010 at his residence in Lancaster, PA.

Joey had a flair for celebrating life and lived life to its fullest and on his terms.  He enjoyed city life and previously resided in Arizona and Philadelphia.  He was adventurous, daring, spontaneous, and an avid traveler.  Joey was young-at-heart and loved entertaining.  He was a warm kindhearted person with a humorous and magnetic personality.  He has been described as sassy, bubbly, radiant, and a ray of sunlight.

Joey was an intelligent, charismatic individual who was energetic and affectionate.  His most favorite pastimes were decorating his home, thrift shopping, and antiquing with his sisters, and spending time with his friend, Loren Armstrong in Atlantic City-he loved the beach and ocean.

He previously was a driver for Red Rose Access and prior to that had owned and operated Hide’n Seek Auction Services.  He was a member of Moose Lodge # 767.  He was unanimously voted Miss Tally Ho in 1993.

Joey was preceded in death by his beloved maternal grandfather William A. Lentz, Jr., his beloved maternal great-aunt, Elizabeth Gastrock, his paternal grandfather Ramon Aponte, and his paternal grandmothers, Juana David-Aponte and Barbara Aponte-Dolin.

He is survived by a son, Christian Alexander Lease of York Haven, PA.

Joey leaves to cherish his memory his beloved pal and dog Jack “Turtle”, mother Esther M. Lentz, maternal grandmother Mrs. Esther M. (Wm. Jr.) Lentz, Lancaster, sisters: Esther “Pud” Aponte, Lancaster, Estelle M. Aponte, Lititz, and Elizabeth “Liz” Lentz, Falls Church, VA; nieces: Keisha M. “Burry Boop” Patterson, Lititz, Heather A. “Wheta Jane” Aponte, Lancaster; nephews: Bennie Aponte, Lancaster, Tony “Tony-Boy” Sprinkle and Tommy Aponte-Sauceda, Lititz; great nieces and great nephews: Damion Joseph Aponte, LillyAnna Madelynn Aponte, Aislynn Tayla Aponte, Lancaster, and Sire David DeJesus, Lititz, his uncles, William, James, And John Lentz, and his aunts Linda Ciotti and Janelle Vazquez, also his step sisters and stepbrothers: Belinda Staton, Philadelphia, Marion “Puddy” Good, Faith Ann Swift, Janie Kate Ortiz, Lancaster, Daniel R. Good, Columbia, and David Good, Landisville.  He will be fondly remembered by numerous family members as well as his extensive circle of friends.

Joey was an animal lover and will be missed the most by his little dog, Jack, who loved his “daddy” so much.

Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, September 28th at 11 AM at Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory, 414 E. King St., Lancaster, PA 17602 with Rev. Tyree Sterling officiating.  Viewings will be held Monday, September 27th from 6 until 8 PM and Tuesday from 10 until 11 AM.  Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Lancaster.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory Inc. for funeral expenses.  To send an online condolence, please visit Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory 393-9661

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A bright light has gone out here on earth, but you can rest assure that the light is shinning brighter in heaven!  Joey, you will be missed.

Helene Gerlitzki


His smile was priceless, His heart was gold, His friendship was amazing! Joey will never be forgotten. This world will not be the same without Joey. I will always smile when I think of the memories I had with him.  I feel better knowing I have an angel like Joey watching over all of us. You will be very missed my friend….see you at the crossroads.

Chad and Maelo

I first moved to Lancaster back in 1997, and was introduced to Joey by my new partner "gil", and Joey was always so upbeat and entertaining, my first impression was when we hosted a dinner at our home and he was the life if the party.  He will always be remembered and pray that he is being well taken care of on his journey. God bless you all.

CJ and Gil

I am stunned over the news of Joey.  He was the "brother" my son never had.  Michael cherished his friendship, support and crazy-fun times they had over the years.  Michael left us suddenly 3 1/2 months ago in his sleep and now Joey has followed in the same unexpected manner.  Friends on earth and now friends beyond earth — we smile for them through our tears — and can only begin to imagine what their reunion was like.  My heartfelt condolences to all of Joey’s family and friends.       

Michael Brown’s Mom   

to ester and family joey was an awesome person and a great friend, if your was having a bad day he could always put a smile on your face thats what i loved about him. i can remember 15 years ago moving to sunnyside with gomer sitting in the yard not knowing anybody and there was joey introduced his self to me and told me to walk around with him and his sister pud next thing you know i became friends with everybody and till this day ss is my family and friends we will always love him dearly and will always be in our hearts and our prayers.

dawn (bubbles) and gomer peters -n- family

Joey will be missed here on earth but I am certain that he is living it up and making plenty of noise with the other angels while dancing, laughing and living it up where there is no pain, no suffering, no sadness, no want…  May God watch over your family during this time, when God called you home.

With reverence,
Leah Allison

Although it’s been years since I’ve seen any of you, you’ve all always been in my heart and memories.  I recently reconnected with Joey on Facebook and regret that I hadn’t yet done that in person.  I will always remember him, he was such a fun and colorful person. I loved that Joey lived his life in such an energetic way and the way that made him most happy. I know that he flies with angels now.

You all have my condolences and are in my prayers.
Kelly (Clinger) Clark


You and I met one another in early of 1987. We did almost everything together as we grew up.. not in the same family.. but in the same lifestyle.( so we thought). I loved you as my brother and your sisters like my sisters and your mother, like my mother…because you and your family accept me much better than my own family did. I will forever remember the great time you and I had, Joey. The uncontrollable laughter that bent us double, tears rolling down our cheeks….You were one of my BEST FRIENDs…
I will always cherish our unconditional love we had for our friendship!!
You will be forever missed, loved, cherished and remembered!! You will always be in my heart!! I Love YOU, my Brister!!

Esther and family~
I am so sorry to hear about Joey. My prayers and comfort are with you all during this difficult time. If I can do anything or you need to talk please give me a call. 823-2951.

Pam Bair-Reever


Thinking of you and your family at this time of loss.  May your memories bring you comfort.  May it help that others care deeply and are remembering you in their thoughts and prayers.

MRI Group

My heart is heavy knowing that Joey is gone but it is lifted knowing that he will forever live in our hearts as we build the memories of him . We will smile and we will shed tears. We will always remember the love of joey. You are in my prayers and will keep you close to my heart. Know that your family is an extension of your son and brother. I love you all.

Tommy kieffer

You are sadly missed Joey by all of us.

Bobby Boas, Toni Boas and family

Till this day I cant believe he’s gone. Joey was good friends with my dad, they were like brothers, always joking around & having fun. We had alot of fun times together 🙂 All I can do is hold on to memories ; his laugh, smile & great sense of humor. He is in heaven now with my dad, may they both rest in peace. I miss them both sooo much, words can’t even explain. (Ashley]

R.I.P Joey & R.I.P Eugene Shertzer (My dad]
I love you & miss you guys ALOT

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