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Joseph Giovacchini


1926 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Joseph Giovacchini Obituary
10/21/1926 ~ 2/4/2017
Our loving and beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle and friend, Joe passed away peacefully in his home February 4th.
Born in Salt Lake City, the only child of Gino and Minnie Giovacchini, who raised him to be the uniquely gifted, kind and genuine man he was.
He married his special angel, Maxine Rino, on April 6, 1951. They spent a blessed life together, raised a strong and close family, worked to provide service to others in their pharmacies, and were active in many church, civic, professional and athletic organizations in their community.
Joe excelled academically, athletically and musically, honoring his family's strong work ethic. He graduated at 15 from West High School, attended George Washington University and graduated in 1947 in pharmacy. He was a member of the Theta Delta Chi fraternity and played basketball at GW, led his team in scoring, and was recognized as the school's outstanding athlete. He was also accomplished at baseball, softball, track, racquet sports, bowling, bocce and golf.
Joe was the ultimate professional pharmacist. He owned 3 neighborhood pharmacies, where patrons from many walks of life came to know him as personable, knowledgeable, and thorough. He provided pharmacy care to Saint Joseph Villa residents for many years. In 1987, he was awarded the prestigious national service award, The Bowl of Hygeia. In 1994, he received the award for Exemplary Service by the Utah State Division of the Aging. Throughout his career, he was acknowledged with numerous other professional recognitions from the Utah and American Pharmaceutical Associations.
Longtime member of Saint Ambrose Catholic Parish, his faith was strong and central to his life. Involved in parish council, fundraising, ushering at Sunday Mass, and was the current president of the 49er Club. Lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus. He loved coaching in the youth sports program, and had a tremendous positive impact on the lives of many.
Joe was very proud of his Italian heritage and was a life-long member of the Italian-American Civic League, where he shouldered many responsibilities. He was president of the Southeast Lions Club. He remained active and involved in all, and was still bowling in his leagues this last week.
His family was his greatest joy. Joe and Maxine loved to dance, bowl and go to Wendover together. He was proud of his children and grandchildren. He travelled the country and world to visit, to celebrate graduations, and to watch them play their chosen sports. Everyone enjoyed trips to the bowling alley and golf course, and many late-night Canasta games. His great-granddaughters giggled when Grampy could always find a quarter behind their ears. While strongminded and tough, he modeled how true strength emanates from gentle kindness.
Survived by his sweetheart Maxie, sons and daughters-in-law Marty and Robyn, Paul and Tanya, and Joey and Frannie; grandchildren Tony (Kate), David (Coral), Michael, Nick, Dan, Marcus, Lizzie and Derek; and great-granddaughters Giuliana and Emilia. Sister-in-law Evelyn O'Donnell (Richard-deceased), brother in-law Ed Rino (Linda), and many cherished nieces and nephews.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday, February 10th, 11:00 a.m. at Saint Ambrose Catholic Church, 1975 South 2300 East, where friends may call 1 hour prior. A Rosary will be held Thursday, February 9th at 7:00 p.m. also at the church, where friends may visit the family 6:00-7:00 p.m. Committal Mt. Calvary Catholic Cemetery 4th Ave. & T Street. Funeral Directors Neil O'Donnell & Sons.
The family suggest donations to in Salt Lake City, online at shrinershospitalsforchildren.org, or the Saint Ambrose building fund.
I'll be loving you always - M.
Published in Salt Lake Tribune from Feb. 8 to Feb. 9, 2017
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