ATANASIO--Joseph F., M.D., on January 31, 2008. Passed away at home after a lengthy illness at the age of 93. Dr. Joe, as he was fondly known by his patients who numbered in the thousands, was a highly respected and renowned physician in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn for over 50 years. In WWII, Dr. Joe served as a physician, attaining the rank of Major, in the 106th Evacuation Hospital which was a part of Gen. George S. Patton's Third Army. In 1994, Dr. Joe was a recipient of the Normande Liberte, a special medal issued by the French government to honor all U.S. servicemen who supported the D-Day invasion. Dr. Joe was predeceased by his wife Margaret (nee McAloon). He is survived by his children Peggy Colucci (Bill), Kathe Hanna (Tom), Joseph, M.D. (Miriam, M.D.), Paul, Robert (Kathy), Regina DiGiovanna, M.D. (Lawrence), Patricia Griffith (Perry), Donna Andrea (Tim), and Clare. Dear brother of Peter Atanasio and the late Marie Leonard. He is also survived by 24 grandchildren and 19 greatgrandchildren. Visiting Saturday 2-4 and 7-9pm and Sunday 2-6pm at Clavin Funeral Home, 7722 4th Avenue, Brooklyn. Mass of Christian burial Monday, 10:30am at Our Lady of Angels Church. Family requests donations to The Little Village House (a residence for autistic young adults), 150 Port Washington Blvd, Manhasset, NY 11030.
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Published in The New York Times on Feb. 1, 2008