DR. JOSEPH H. GAZIANO, 60 STERLING - Dr. Joseph H. Gaziano, 60, of Sterling, passed away Sunday, October 6th, 2013, surrounded by his loving family at CGH Medical Center. Dr. Joe was born June 16, 1953, in Rockford, IL; he was the son of Angelo N. and Susan R. (Zammuto) Gaziano. He graduated Boylan High School in 1970, and graduated from the University of Notre Dame
's pre-professional program in 1974. He received a Masters of Medical Psychology from University of Illinois
(Chicago campus) in 1976. In 1980, he received his medical doctorate (M.D.) from the University of Illinois at the Medical Center. Dr. Joe did his residencies at various Chicago hospitals where he met the love of his life, Carolyn (Hood) Gaziano. They married in Oak Lawn, IL, October 31, 1982. They eventually settled in Sterling where Dr. Joe worked as a gastroenterologist at CGH Medical Center and the Sterling Rock Falls Clinic. He was board certified in gastroenterology, hepatology, and internal medicine. From 1994-1996, he served as the acting president of Sterling Rock Falls Clinic and was the president of medical staff at CGH Medical Center. He has served on the board of directors at CGH Medical Center since 1991, and was the Department of Medicine chairman from 1988-1990. Dr. Joe was also a member or fellow of multiple medical societies and colleges. He was honored by multiple awards for physician excellence. He presented material at multiple medical seminars and venues. He researched, contributed, and published articles in the field of gastroenterology. He was active in the CGH Health Foundation and from 2001-2007, was instrumental in a campaign to increase awareness for colorectal cancer screenings and increased the number of screenings by nearly 50% in the community. He was also an active member of the St. Mary's Church since 1985, and was a former chairman of the Parish Council. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Carolyn; his two children, Joseph Angelo (Sophie) of Woodstock, Jacob Anthony of Sterling (Serena Bennett); his mother, Susan R. of Rockford; his siblings, Carm (Dan) Herman of Rockton, IL, Michael (Deborah) of Tuscan, AZ; sister-in-law, Chau (Gaziano) Symmes; and 10 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Angelo N. (2003); his father-in-law, Rev. Edmond Hood (1997); and his brother, George R. (2012). Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, and from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, at the McDonald Funeral Home, 1002 12th Avenue in Rock Falls. The Rosary will be recited at 4:30 p.m. Friday. Celebration of the Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 600 Ave. B, Sterling, IL. Burial will be at Oak Knoll Cemetery in Sterling, IL. Memorials have been established to St. Mary's Church (Sterling) and CGH Health Foundation.