Joseph L. Cornecelli III

Joseph Cornecelli III (Giuseppe, aka Peppe), a resident of Troy, Mich. for 28 years, passed away January 15, 2013 after a 2-1/2 year battle with cancer. He was born August 30, 1951 to the late Joseph (Jr.) and Sue (nee Ida Ann Tiraterra) Cornecelli. Joe graduated from St. Vincent High School in 1969, attended The University of Akron, received a Bachelors Degree in Communications from Oakland University in Rochester, Mich. and a Masters of Telecommunications & Systems Management from Michigan State University.

Joe spent his entire working career in the telecommunications and technology industries, retiring from SBC-Ameritech Bell Companies after 32 years of service. He went on to work at competitive telecommunications companies before becoming a Certified Project Management Professional, working for Logicalis, an international IT firm, at the time of his death.

Joe was an Adjunct Professor at Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, Mich., where he taught technology and Project Management courses. Joe was a volunteer at the SHARP Program of Troy, Mich. and previously with Ameritech's Pioneer program and the Summit County Ohio Dive Team.

He is survived by his wife, Vicki Anne (nee Hirschberg); son, Christopher and daughter-in-law Stephanie of Brooklyn, N.Y.; sister and brother-in-law, Susan and James Smith of Knoxville, Tenn., sister, Carla Cornecelli of Akron; and numerous cousins and friends.

The family will receive friends January 18, 2013 at 5 p.m. at the Sawyer Fuller Funeral Home, 2125 12 Mile Rd., Berkley, Mich. The funeral service will be held at 7 p.m.

Joe requested NO FLOWERS but suggested donations be made to the National Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network, 4915 St. Elmo Ave., # 202, Bethesda, MD 20814 or to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen (1820 Mt. Elliott, Detroit, MI 48207).

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Published in Akron Beacon Journal from Jan. 17 to Jan. 18, 2013