Joseph A. Montanaro

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    - Don & Karen Newman
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Montanaro, Joseph A. Retired TWA pilot and naval officer passed away peacefully in his Lake St. Louis home Friday, June 18, 2010. Born December 14, 1938 in Ashtabula, Ohio. He was 71 years of age. He was preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Edith (Church) Montanaro. Survivors include his beloved wife Irene; sons Joseph Jr. (Paula) and Jon; grandchildren Amanda, Joseph III and Michaela; brothers Frank (Lleana), John (Phyllis) and sister Diane (Dave) Glotzbecker; mother-in-law Genevieve Juchniewicz; sister-in-law Wanda Miller and many loving nieces (especially Becky, Kristin and Katie); nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. A 1956 graduate of Ashtabula High School, Joe graduated from Ohio State University in 1960 with a B.S. in Business Administration. He was commissioned into the United States Navy and earned his flight wings in 1961. Captain Montanaro served in the Pacific from 1962-1965 and then served as an active duty Naval ROTC instructor at the University of Oklahoma. He remained in the Naval Reserves until 1994. Joe was hired by Trans World Airlines in 1967 where he earned qualifications on multiple aircraft. He also served as a flight instructor and worked in various positions managing pilot retirement. Joe retired from TWA in 1996 to assume the full time position of Executive Director of the pilots 401(K) plan. He retired as plan Director in 2006 but remained on the Board of Directors until his death. Joe was a member of Lake Forest Country Club for 22 years and served as President of the Board of Directors at the club from 2003-2005. He was fortunate to have a wonderful group of friends who shared his passion for the game of golf. Joe will be greatly missed on the links at Lake Forest and many other courses around the country. Services: A Memorial Mass will be held Saturday, July 10, 2010 at 11:00am at Assumption Catholic Church, 403 N. Main Street, O'Fallon, MO 63366. A service will also be held in his hometown of Ashtabula, Ohio on July 31, 2010. Joe will be laid to rest on August 26, 2010 at 10:00am at Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Assumption Church Building Fund.


Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch on July 7, 2010
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