Joseph Paul DiCeglio|
AKRON -- Joseph Paul DiCeglio, 95, died peacefully after living a long, happy life, at Akron City Hospital on Jan. 18, 2014.
Joe was born in Akron, Ohio, to Genaro and Rosa DiCeglio on April 25, 1918. He graduated from North High School. He served his country during World War II in the U.S. Army, seeing action in the Pacific theater in battles in the Marshall Islands, earning two Bronze Stars and the Combat Infantry Badge. After returning to Akron, Joe worked as a painter at General Tire for 25 years, retiring in 1984. Joe was an avid baseball and softball player, primarily as a catcher, having played baseball in the Army and competitive softball with Roy Thorns, winning five consecutive City Championships in 1936-40 and 12 overall. He was named to the Akron Amateur Softball Hall of Fame.
Joe is survived by the love of his life, Connie LoCascio, to whom he was married 70 years; children, Gary of Akron, Carol Sommers of Florida, Joyce (John) Bowers of Akron and Debbie DiCeglio of Akron. He also is survived by five grandchildren he cherished, Julie (Doug) Yanky, Michelle DiCeglio, Kelli (Pat) Stewart, Joe Bowers and Lisa Farruggia; and three great grandchildren, Kayla, Nick and Dyson Yanky. He also leaves his brother, Orlando (Delores) DiCeglio of Lakeland, Fla. He also leaves many nieces and nephews and special friends, including Emil Lutz, Justin Corbett, David Romito and Ann Simcox. Joe entered into heaven with his sister, Lee Mazzie, who preceded him in death on Jan. 16. He also was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Mimi Damato and brother, Frank DiCeglio.
During his retirement years, Joe kept a large garden and built furniture for friends and family. He also enjoyed watching his grandchildren's athletic events. Joe was well known and loved in North Hill and beyond; many considered him a father figure or friend. He will be remembered by many for his kindness and love of life. Joe was a man of God and practiced his faith religiously at Cornerstone Christian Assembly in Barberton. His smiling face will be missed. Rest in peace, Dad. We love you.
Funeral services 11 a.m. Thursday, January 23, 2014 at the DONOVAN FUNERAL HOME, 17 SOUTHWEST AVE. (On the Historic Tallmadge Circle) with Pastor Rick George officiating. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, January 22, 2014. Burial at Holy Cross Cemetery with Military Honors by Mogadore VFW Post #8487.
Published in Akron Beacon Journal on Jan. 20, 2014