Joseph S. Ruggiero

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Joseph S. "Joey Powers" Ruggiero, 82, of Washington, died Friday, January 20, 2017, in Washington Hospital.
He was born December 7, 1934, in Washington, a son of the late Thomas J. and Sylvia J. Marsh Ruggiero.
Mr. Ruggiero graduated from Washington High School and received a bachelor's degree from Ohio State University, where he was a member of the varsity wrestling team. He served in the U.S. Army.
Mr. Ruggiero worked as a television producer at NBC Studios in New York City before beginning his career as a recording artist. His song, "Midnight Mary," was No. 3 on the Billboard charts in 1964 and became a gold record. He then established himself as a music producer starting up "Grand Slam Studios" in West Orange, N.J. Mr. Ruggiero won a Dove Award for producing the band White Cross's album, "Triumphant Return," in 1989.
After his recording career, he planted the church Bayshore Gospel in Keyport, N.J. Mr. Ruggierro then began missionary work for Assemblies of God in St. Petersburg, Russia, where he began building a world-class recording studio and working with several orphanages. He loved to hunt and enjoyed Bible study groups. Mr. Ruggiero was also a faithful Pittsburgh Steelers fan.
Surviving are a son, J. Michael (Kathie) Ruggiero of New Jersey; two daughters, Jennifer Peterson and Amy E. Ruggiero, both of Florida; two grandchildren, Jonathan Ruggiero and Hanna Peterson; a niece, Beth Dunn; and three nephews, Richard, Thomas and Dan Nash.
Deceased, in addition to his mother and father, is a sister, Phyllis Nash.
A memorial service will be held at a later date and time to be announced. Arrangements are under the direction of Warco-Falvo Funeral Home Inc., Wilson at East Katherine avenues, Washington, S. Timothy Warco, supervisor/director, Susan Falvo Warco, director, S. Timothy Warco II, director.
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Published in Observer-Reporter on Jan. 23, 2017
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