Joseph Pinero Jr.
Joseph Pinero Jr., 86, of Madison, Ill., born March 23, 1928, in Waipahu, Hawaii, passed away Sunday, March 30, 2014, at the Illinois Veteran's Home in Anna. Ill.
Joseph proudly served his country in the United States Army for 41 years, nine months and 19 days from November 1943 until retiring in March 1988, serving in World War II and the Korean War. He also worked at A.O. Smith in Granite City, Ill., from January 1955 until retiring in September 1980 as a U.A.W. welder. Joseph was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and former member of the VFW Post, both in Madison, Ill. For over 25 years, Joseph and his wife were loving foster parents to over one hundred children through Catholic Charities. Faith, family, friends and fishing were most important to Joseph. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.
He was preceded in death by the love of his life, his wife, Almetta M., nee Ray, Pinero, whom he married on Dec. 24, 1950, in Belleville, Ill., and who died Dec. 4, 2004; a son, Joseph C. Pinero; a daughter, Rosalie Pinero; his parents, Jose and Maria, nee Matias, Pinero; five brothers, Angel, Johnny, Cheo and Juanito, and baby Apolonio; two sisters, Belta and Fina; and his best friend, Hans from Germany.
Surviving are his loving children, Mary Pinero of Granite City, Ill., Janey (Joe) Gardner of Lebanon, Conn., Robert (Sherri) Pinero of Madison, Ill., Sherry (Richard) Kee of Tamms, Ill., David (Peggy) Pinero of Godfrey, Ill., and Dennis (Kara) Pinero of Madison, Ill.; two brothers, Leocaldo "Carlos" (Bastiana "Basti") Pinero and Tiburtio "TaBush" Pinero, both of Waipahu, Hawaii; goddaughter, Renate (Gunter) Spies of Cape Carteret, N.C.; two sisters-in-law, Ruth Ray of Michigan and Thela Begner of Princeville, Ill.; a brother-in-law, Frank Ray of Tucson, Ariz.; 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews living throughout the United States.
Memorial donations may be given to Hospice of Southern Illinois, Inc. and will be accepted at the funeral chapel. www.irwinchapel.com
Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road, Granite City, Ill.
Funeral: In celebration of his life, a funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Madison, Ill., with Father Jeff Holtman officiating. Interment will be in Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Edwardsville, Ill.
IRWIN CHAPEL, Granite City, Ill.
Irwin Chapel Pc
3960 Maryville Rd Granite City, IL 62040
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Mar. 31, 2014