Joseph C. Tullio, age 98, passed on to the grace of God on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 in Lake Milton, Ohio, where he lived for the last three years. He was the son of the late Caro G. and Assunta Grossi Tullio. Early in his life, Joseph was part of the Civil Conservation Corp (CCC) in Pennsylvania, after which he provided many photos and personal information for historical publications. He was a Machinist Sergeant in the U.S. Army, Ordinance Corp and stationed in the South Pacifica Arena (Australia and the Fiji Islands) during World War II. Returning from the war, he worked at the Erie General Electric plant until his retirement in 1977. He lived most of his life in Lawrence Park and Erie. He was a member of St. Mark's Catholic Church in Lawrence Park and later a member of St. James R.C, Church. Organizations that he was active in were Knights of Columbus, Cooties (Red Cross Organization), North East VFW Post, past commander of Ronald Martin VFW Post #3390, and volunteered at the Soldiers and Sailors Home and the Veterans Hospital in Erie. He was a proud member of the Guido's Club. Physically active all his life, he was a semi-professional boxer and longtime member of Eastside YMCA. He assisted as a trainer at the Erie Boxing Center. Still active at age 98, he enjoyed playing in the American Bocce League and was one of the outstanding players. Joseph was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Pearl L. Bessetti Tullio; his son, Joseph Tullio Jr.; his sister, Carrie Nardo; and his brother, Tony Tullio. Joe leaves behind his sons, David Tullio (Evelyn) of Harborcreek, Carl Tullio (Judy) of Yorktown, Va., Daniel Tullio (Susan) of West Chester, Pa., and James Tullio (Jennifer) of Pittsburgh, Pa. He lived with his daughter, Elizabeth "Beth" and her husband Ralph Pesek of Lake Milton, Ohio. Grampa Joe had 12 grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Friends may call at the Dusckas Funeral Home, Inc., East, 2607 Buffalo Road on Friday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. and are invited to attend a Prayer Service there on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. at St. James R.C. Church. Military honors will follow at Calvary Cemetery conducted by Millcreek Post #773. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to help with the Civilian Conservation Corp reunions. Donations can be made to T.V.S.C. Civilian Conservation Corp Reunion and mailed in care of Karen Atwood, 694 Mohawk Avenue, Warren PA 16365.
Published in the Erie Times-News on October 4, 2012