Joel Anthony Ensana

February 25, 1930 - January 13, 2020


Anthony Joseph “Joel” Ensana, passed away peacefully on January 13, 2020, with his loving family by his side.


Born on February 25, 1930, and raised in New Brunswick, New Jersey, Joel graduated from New Brunswick High School, Southern Methodist University and San Francisco State University for a post-graduate degree in Creative Writing.


Joel served in the Korean War as a member of the United States Air Force and was honorably discharged in 1954.


Joel lived in San Francisco, California after serving in the Korean War and retired from the City of San Francisco as Supervisor of Payroll to focus on his writing. In San Francisco, he was also the Director of the Writer’s Workshop at the Jewish Community Center. Joel moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico in the mid-1980s and spent the last 30 years in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he enjoyed the arts, creative writing workshops, the small town and many special friends. He recently moved to Bordentown, New Jersey to be close to his loving family.


His greatest joys in life were writing, telling stories of family history and weekly chats with family and friends across the country. Joel loved dessert and his daily 4 o’clock cocktail! He said it was the secret to a long life!


He has several published plays and over sixty published short stories. He achieved First Place in the Arts Council of Philadelphia National One-Act Playwriting Contest; First Place in Norman Corwin National Playwriting Contest; Notable Writer by Marquis Who’s Who; Albee and a Shubert Fellowship; Emmy in Television Series and Special Scripts, and other notable awards.


Joel is the beloved son of the late Anthony and Rose (Fenkel) Ensana. He is survived by his brother Ronald Ensana (Catherine); nephews, Anthony Ensana (Florence) and Michael Ensana (Tammy); his niece Andrea Mahon (Timothy); great nephews, Vincent Campanaro (Marie Hood) and Ryan Mahon; and great nieces, Sadie Ensana, Sophia Ensana, and Heather Roldan; great-grandnephew Vincenzo Campanaro; and other family and special friends.


Funeral services will be held on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, 12:30 p.m. at the Brig. General William C.

Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Wrightstown. Arrangements are under the direction of the Buklad-Merlino

Yardville Memorial Home, 30 Yardville-Allentown Road in Yardville.


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