Joseph J. Stallone

Joseph J. Stallone, 85, a lifelong Old Forge resident, died Tuesday evening at his home following an extended illness. His wife, Marie Nardone Stallone, preceded him in death on October 13, 2011.

Born and raised in Old Forge, son of the late Bartholomew "Leo" and Ida Prosper Stallone, he received his education in the Old Forge School District. Joe was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy in 1948 after having served aboard the USS Siboney and USS PC 1563. For many years Joe was employed as the supervisor of the radio repair dept. of the Tobyhanna Army Depot until his retirement. Subsequently, his post-retirement jobs were gratifying to him and included assisting his son-in-law Michael at B&B Motors in Old Forge, then working several years as an athletic dept. equipment room attendant at the University of Scranton, and helping his brother-in-law, Joe Nardone, at Old Forge TV. In his younger days, Joe was a volunteer fireman for the Old Forge Fire Dept. He was a lifelong parishioner of Prince of Peace Parish, Old Forge.

His hobbies were plentiful, yet none gave him more enjoyment than playing golf or travelling to the casino along with his wife. He was a kind and gentle individual who lived a fulfilled life. Even the simplicity of the enjoyment of food was a most pleasurable part of his life. Joe, a humble and extremely positive man, would always be seen with a smile on his face, a lasting memory that many will treasure. Above all, his family was truly the center of his life.

Surviving are two daughters, Donna Stallone Addesa and husband, Michael, of Old Forge; and Francine Stallone Sherman and husband, Mark G., of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; five grandchildren, Arianne and Dana Marie Addesa, Mark Sherman, Jr., and twins, Nicholas and Natalie Sherman; a special person whom he looked upon as a sister, Nancy Lamberti Flowers and husband, Paul, of Old Forge; and nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by the loving individuals who raised him, Ernest and Natalia "Nellie" Lamberti.

The funeral will be held Saturday with Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. in St. Mary of the Assumption Church at Prince of Peace Parish, West Grace at Lawrence Street, Old Forge, to be celebrated by the Rev. August A. Ricciardi, pastor. Those planning to attend are kindly asked to proceed directly to the church. Entombment services with military honors will follow in the Denison Cemetery Mausoleum, Swoyersville.

Friends may call Friday from 5 – 8 p.m. in the Victor M. Ferri Funeral Home, Robert J. Gillette, Funeral Director, 522 Fallon St., Old Forge. To leave Joe's family an online condolence, visit

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Victor M. Ferri Funeral Home - Old Forge
522 Fallon St.  Old Forge, PA 18518

Published in Scranton Times on Oct. 24, 2013