Giuseppe "Joe Grande" Basile, 66, of Moosic, died Saturday at the home of his daughter, Angela Koval.
Born in Carini, Sicily, Italy, he was the son of the late Vito and Filippa Calderone Basile. Joe grew up in Italy and moved to New York at the age of 19. He always had a passion for Italian cuisine. In 1971, he opened Grande Pizza, Moosic, followed by another location in Dunmore and in July of 2012 proudly opened Matteo's, Moosic. The strong work ethic of this kind and generous man is the legacy that will live on on through his family and grandchildren, who were the light of his life.
Surviving are a daughter, Angela R. Koval, and husband William, Moosic; three sons, Joseph A., Peckville; Michael V. and wife Michele, Duryea; Matthew S., Moosic; five grandchildren, Aubrianna Harte; Sophia Koval; Sara, Michael and Ava Basile; three sisters, Rosalia Randazzo, Long Island, N.Y.; Rosa Russa and husband Pietro; and Christina Mastendrea and husband Filippo, all of Brooklyn, N.Y.; two brothers, Andrew and wife Maria; Vito and wife Christina; nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday at the Semian Funeral Home, 704 Union St., Taylor, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Mary of the Assumption Church at Prince of Peach Parish, Lawrence and Grace streets, Old Forge. Interment will follow in St. Mary of Czestochowa Cemetery, Moosic. Friends may call noon to 2 p.m. and 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Please visit www.semiancares.com
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