JOSEPH MICHAEL BOCCIO COLCHESTER - Joseph Michael Boccio, 79, of Colchester, passed away on Sunday, April 5, 2009, at his home following a long illness. He was born in the Bronx, N.Y. on May 24, 1929, to Vincenzo and Maria (Corrado) Boccio. Joseph moved to Burlington at the age of 14 with his brothers and sisters. He graduated from Burlington High School, class of 1947. On June 10, 1951, he married Barbara Jean Delorme in Shelburne. Shortly after Joseph served in the U.S. Army as a combat engineer during the Korean War and was awarded the Korean Service Medal with three bronze stars. Following his military service he held several jobs in the Burlington area. He was one of the original 250 employees hired by IBM Burlington. He was a tool and die maker for 37 years, retiring in 1993. Joseph is survived by his wife of 58 years, Barbara of Colchester; their daughter Deborah A. Grenon and her husband Brian; his grandson Brian J. Grenon II and his wife Kim and their children Zoe and Oliver Grenon, all of Colchester; and a granddaughter, Jessica Edmonds of Austin, Texas. He was predeceased by his daughter Sandra Boccio; his sisters, Antoinette, Mary, Jennie; and brothers, Ralph, James, Nicholas, Michael and Angelo. His family would like to thank the Visiting Nurse Association for the special care he received over the last four years. We express our sincerest appreciation to Mirsada Mujkanovic and Sue McKenzie for their professional and compassionate care during Joseph's prolonged illness. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, April 8, at 11 a.m. in St. Mark's Roman Catholic Church with interment with military honors to follow in New Mt. Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations in his memory may be made to the VNA, 1110 Prim Road, Colchester, VT 05446. Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Ready Funeral Home, North Chapel, 934 North Ave., Burlington. To send online condolences, please visit www.readyfuneral.com .
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Published in The Burlington Free Press on Apr. 7, 2009