'Together Again'Joseph C. DiBartolo
91 went to his heavenly reward peacefully on Sunday, April 28, 2013. Born March 19, 1922, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Grace in 2000; daughter-in-law, Eva in 2011; and parents, Isidore and Maria DiBartolo; five sisters and two brothers.
He is survived by his son, Vince with whom he resided and three grandchildren, Michelle DiBartolo (fiance, Kyle Haglock), Jeremy and Melissa (Timpe) DiBartolo, and Rocco and Kelly (Carter) DiBartolo, all of Canton. "Papa Joe" as he was affectionately called will be missed by his four great-grandchildren, Lucas, Hailey, Evan, and Emma; and another great-grandchild on the way. He served his country proudly in World War II and was retired from the Ford Motor Company. Joe and Grace were very accomplished and admired ballroom dancers as well as square dancing which they enjoyed in their later years together. A very avid bowler, he rolled a 690 series just a few days prior to his illness. He will be sorely missed by all of his friends whom he bowled with three times each week. One of his last instructions to his close friend, Helen was to make sure to get his prize money if he didn't make it to the bowling banquet. His quick wit, opinions and meticulous attention to detail and his genuine concern for others will remain with everyone he came in contact with during the time we were blessed to have him with us. He always knew where every penny came from, what is was spent on, and probably where it was hidden. He taught us by example and was always there for whatever was needed for however long. No matter what was going on, he always made sure to be home to take care of the dogs. The moment he walked in the door he would call out to them, "Whatya say Zoey and Harley, time to eat" It was almost as if he expected them to say something back. Maybe to his ears, they did. Joe was so proud of his family especially his grandchildren. He used to say, "I got a lawyer, a pastor, and an insurance agent, no one can touch me!" Enjoy your heavenly reward Dad, you truly deserve it. We will miss you. We know you're dancing to the One O'clock Jump's heavenly music now.
Calling hours will be Thursday, May 2 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Rossi Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Joseph Church, Canton on Friday, May 3 at 10 a.m., Msgr. Frank A. Carfagna celebrant, with burial at Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Stark County Humane Society.
Rossi Funeral Home Inc
730 30th Street NW Canton, OH 44709
Published in The Repository on May 1, 2013