Joseph Anthony Smeraldi, age 44, went home to his Heavenly Father at midnight on Saturday, the 23rd of February 2013, after a very courageous battle with cancer over the past 26 months.
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Very proud and passionate in his work, Joseph was one of the 9 co-founders of Crane Worldwide, and his role as Director of Energy was instrumental to the success of the company. Joseph loved Crane Worldwide and all of the employees, and their support of him was returned tenfold.
Joseph, a global traveler with his work, never forgot his family and friends and always returned home to them. One of his other great passions was mountain biking, and he was fairly accomplished as he came home many times covered in mud and dirt. Bleeding, scraped and muddy, Joseph was in his element. Joseph was a huge sports fan. He loved snow skiing and boarding with his sons in Crested Butte, and he truly loved the Dallas Cowboys beginning as a teenager in Dallas. He also very enthusiastically coached and watched his sons play basketball, baseball, and football.
Joseph is survived by his wife of 17 years, Collyne; and their two sons, Cole, age 13, and Garrett, age 11; Joseph's parents, Joseph and Joan Smeraldi; his three sisters: Jane Smeraldi, Ann Kruger, Carol Gindt and their spouses and children, Gerry, Sarah and Amy Kruger and Gary, Brandon, Ethan and Dylan Gindt; and the Storms family, John and Charlene Storms, Shannon and Norm Peters and their children Will, Hayden, and Brynn.
All the families are thankful for the phenomenal attention paid to Joseph over the past 2 years from M.D. Anderson, especially by Dr. Nizar Tannir and Mary Beth Storms. Joseph, Joey, Joe was a great son, husband, father, brother and friend and we'll all miss him very much.
The memorial service is to be conducted at three o'clock in the afternoon on Thursday, the 28th of February, in the sanctuary of Chapelwood United Methodist Church, 11140 Greenbay Street in Houston, where Dr. Jim Jackson, Senior Pastor, is to officiate. Immediately following, all are invited to greet the family during a reception in the fellowship hall.
In lieu of customary remembrances, contributions in Joseph's memory may be directed to MDACC Department of GU Medical Oncology/Dr. Nizar Tannir, c/o M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, P.O. Box 4486, Houston, TX, 77210-4486. Prior to sending your donation, kindly note or otherwise earmark your contribution with the following verbiage: Kidney Cancer Research led by Dr. Nizar Tannir.
Published in Houston Chronicle on Feb. 26, 2013