Mr. Charles J. "Chuck" Joseph, 88, a longtime resident of Diamond Ridge Health & Rehab, after a brief illness passed through the pearly gates on March 23, 2013. A Memorial Service of Remembrance for Mr. Joseph will be held on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at the Beverly Hills Chapel of Hooper Funeral Homes & Crematory. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service on Thursday. Inurnment, with military honors, will follow at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL. The family requests that in lieu of flowers that donations in Chuck's memory be made to the Hospice of Citrus County or to the Humane Society of Citrus County as our father loved animals.
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Chuck had worked as an accountant for Columbia Gas and Beckwith Electric and had been a salesman for Sears, all while living in Pennsylvania. While living in Florida he had worked for the Auto Trader and H & R Block. He served in the U. S. Army during World War II with the 5th Armored Division, participated in the Battle of the Bulge and was presented with the Bronze Star. He was a Judo instructor (black belt) in Pittsburgh, PA and taught policemen how to defend themselves. Our father was confirmed in 1974 by the Martial Arts of America and studied under Master T. A. Flewellen. In 1946 while serving in the Army, he played football for the Help of Christians, Post 486.
Our father leaves behind his son, Mark Joseph and his wife Fran of Apex, NC; his daughter, Laure Joseph Filosa and her husband Phillip of Beverly Hills; his former wife, Dorene Joseph of Inverness; his brother, Frank Joseph and his wife Helen of Pittsburgh, PA; and his sister, Elizabeth "Beth" D'Ippolito of Calfornia. He is also survived by 2 grandsons, Jonathan and Zachery Joseph; several nieces and nephews and his "grand-dogs," Rocky, Xena and Bella.
Published in Citrus County Chronicle on Mar. 26, 2013