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August 19, 2018

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March 7, 2018
Dear Lois and family,
Lillian Turner, Cheryl Reeves and I were not able to see you at the funeral home. We were in line with dozens of former students and wrestlers, but had to leave before we reached the porch. Overhearing their conversations made me appreciate Joe even more. I am thinking of you in this sad time.
Martha Schultz
February 27, 2018
Mrs, Bena, my name is Bill Starr. It was my privilege to be one of Coach Bena's pupils for the better part of 6 years. Compared to great teammates like Pat Popolizio, Ryan Savage, Eric Johnson and Karl Gorman, my accomplishments on the mat were, at best, nominal. However, I learned invaluable lessons from him that I have imputed to other aspects of my life.

"Work Hard. No regrets." This message usually was delivered as we ran stairs during conditioning. However, I called upon this message while burning the midnight oil in undergrad and law school to now being a partner in one of the largest law firms in the country.

"It's not the hours you put in, it's what you put in the hours!" This was another message relayed countless times over the years on sunless afternoons in the wrestling room. As time went on, I realized that this message is just as applicable to being a father. As I raise my son and daughter, I now understand that this is the epitome of what parenting is about. It's not just the hours, but the quality of those hours together relaying important lessons and enjoying one another's company.

After delivering the graduation speech at Proctor's Theater in 1996, I walked up the aisle that separated the rows of seats. By pure chance, he was seating in the aisle seat, and was the first hand I shook. Little did I know it, but that was very fitting. For as much as his lessons allowed me to get my arm raised after six minutes in high school wrestling, his lessons allowed me to become the friend, father and professional I am today. He was a great man and I am so sorry for your loss.
February 27, 2018
I am truly sorry for your loss, whenever I saw him I called him my idol, and I meant it. He was such a positive influence on his athletes and the coaching community, there is no one close. He will always be remembered and missed. May God's peace be with all his family, we are in Florida now so I will just sat goodbye my friend at this time, sincerely, Blase and Bsrbara Iuliano
February 26, 2018
So very sorry Lois and family. I did not know until today. I will always cherish my memories of my friend Joe in college. A fine man and friend.
Stan Engel