Joe Siongco passed away, age 57, on Saturday, September 21, 2013, at St. Agnes Medical Center. He was born in Manila, Philippines. He studied at Ateneo de Manila University and graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1978 from University of the Philippines. He proudly served in the United States Navy from 1979 to 1999 and was assigned to NAS Miramar, San Diego and NAS Lemoore. He retired as a Chief Petty Officer. He then worked as an Air Quality Engineer with San Joaquin Valley Air District from 1999 to 2013. Mechanically inclined since a young age, he loved fixing cars, computers and machines. Always thoughtful and caring, he loved to help anyone who was in need of his expertise. Thanks to the caring staff of nurses, doctors, Sr. Emily, and the priests at St. Agnes Medical Center. Joe is survived by his wife Evangeline; son Philip; mother, Josefina; sisters, Aleli, Imel, and Rosan; brother, Rick; brothers-in-law, Steve, Jimmy, Jorge; and nephews, Abel and Nathan; mother-in-law, Violeta; sisters-in-law, Marijo, Carisa, Maricris, Sylvia, Pinky, and Annali; brothers-in-law, Frankie, Paul, Johnted, Michael, Dave, Nilo, and Danny; numerous nephews and a niece. Visitation will be held at Whitehurst Sullivan Burns & Blair Funeral Home on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. followed by a Vigil Service at 7:00 p.m. Family and friends are invited to join the Celebration of his Life with a Mass to be held at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Catholic Charities, Fresno or to St. Agnes Medical Center, Fresno. Whitehurst, Sullivan, Burns & Blair Funeral Home, 1525 East Saginaw Way, Fresno, California (559)227-4048
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Published in the Fresno Bee on Sept. 29, 2013