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Giuseppe "Joe" Pugliese

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Pugliese, Giuseppe Joe 83, passed away Saturday, June 8, 2013. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years Antonia; dear father and father-in-law of Anthony (Kim) Pugliese and Melodie (Tony) Nicastro; dear Nonno of Elizabeth, Rebecca, Francesca, Marisa and Pietro; dear brother-in-law, uncle, great-uncle, cousin and friend. Giuseppe and his wife opened and operated Giuseppe's Italian Ristorante in south St. Louis for 30 years along with his family. Patrons of Giuseppe's were more than customers to Giuseppe, they were his friends, it was not uncommon for customers to peek into the kitchen to say hello to Giuseppe and to receive a warm welcome in return. Giuseppe's acts of kindness ranged from employing neighborhood youth (giving most their first job) to feeding those less fortunate. Giuseppe was a friend to everyone he met and touched innumerable lives either through the restaurant, with his sense of humor, lifting spirits, providing counsel or enjoying his grandchildren. Giuseppe will be missed but never forgotten. The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at de Greeff Hospice House for the care and comfort they provided to Giuseppe and his family during his final days. Services: Funeral from KUTIS AFFTON Chapel, 10151 Gravois, Wednesday, June 12, 9:30 a.m. to Seven Holy Founders Catholic Church, (6741 Rock Hill Rd., Affton, MO 63123) for 10 a.m. Mass. Entombment Resurrection Mausoleum. Memorials to or de Greeff Hospice House appreciated. Visitation Tuesday, 3-9 p.m.


Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch on June 10, 2013
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