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JOSEPH ANTHONY YACOVONE - MORRISVILLE - Joseph Anthony Yacovone, 89, passed away peacefully in the comfort of his home attended by his children on Jan. 7, 2013. He was born June 8, 1923, in Springfield, Mass., the son of Louise and Joseph Anthony Yacovone Sr. The oldest brother of five, he is survived by a brother, John Yacovone and his wife who live in Springfield, Mass.; and was predeceased by his brothers, Pat, Anthony, and Raymond Yacovone. His loving wife, Barbara Jean Smith, predeceased him after 38 years of marriage in 1981. His four children and their children survive him: Carol and her husband, Louie Sarnelli, of Springfield, Mass., and their daughter, Ann Marie Merritt, and their predeceased son, Anthony Sarnelli; Pat and her husband, Mike Strideberg, her children, Barbara Clark of Virginia, Debbie Fitzgerald, and Scott Fitzgerald; Bonnie McDermott; and David and his wife, Debbie, and their children, Seth and Evan Yacovone. He also had four great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Family was of great importance to him. He left many good friends and fellow members of the Morrisville VFW Post 9653. Joe was a member of the VFW Post 9653, a life member of the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 20, member of the American Legion Post 33, and held a life membership to the Copley Country Club where he was an avid golfer. He was a former member of the Rotary Club in Morrisville. All of his life, Joe was a hard worker and always active. When he was a small boy, he sold vegetables with his brother by going door-to-door pushing a cart. He worked on his father's farm when a young man and worked for the family business, Yacovone's Excavating. At 18 years of age, he was drafted into the Army in 1943 during WW II and served in the European Theater. He landed in England then traveled to France, Belgium, Holland, and Germany. He fought in the Normandy Beach Invasion, France on D-Day in the second wave. Joe earned battle stars for Normandy, France, and Rhineland, Germany. His service ended in 1945. He was in the Battle of the Bulge meeting Russians on the Elbe River, 22 miles from Berlin, Germany. After Joe returned from the service he later moved his family to Vermont in the early 60's as an Italian, Catholic Democrat during a time when that combination was a rarity. He was loyal and dedicated to the Democratic values of helping people reach a better standard of living. He supported the establishment of Community Action in Lamoille County in the early 70's and participated in a program to build houses for lower income families. In his younger years, he was very active in many community activities. Joe was an insurance salesman, postal carrier and than Postmaster of the Morrisville Post Office. Joe earned his Bachelor's degree at Johnson State College in the '70s and worked in forestry management. He was a handyman/renaissance man and had many different skills and knowledge. Many sought and received his assistance. His family is thankful for the care he received at Copley Hospital. He was well taken care of at home by Lamoille Home Health and Hospice. He would not have been able to die at home with dignity without Love Is...LLC, which provided caring people to be with him around the clock. His family is very grateful to them. A service of remembrance and celebration will be held on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at 2 p.m. at the Morrisville VFW. Interment will be held in Pleasant View Cemetery in the spring, with military honors. White-Fiess Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations in Joe's memory may be made to the VFW Post 9653, P.O. Box 491, Morrisville, VT 05661.

Published in The Burlington Free Press on Jan. 9, 2013
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