Joseph A. Nese Sr.
1947 - 2019
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Joseph Anthony Nese Sr., 72, was surrounded by his adoring family as he departed this world Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, to continue his beautiful journey to Heaven. Son of Vincent Nese and the late Carmella Nese, he was born into a large Italian family on July 19, 1947, and remained a Pittsburgher all his life. He graduated from Penn Hills High School in 1965 and then attended Waynesburg College, achieving a bachelor's degree in political science in 1969. After marrying his high school sweetheart, Debbie Thomas, on June 14, 1969, he matriculated at Duquesne Law School, passing the Pennsylvania Bar in 1973. Thus, he began his career as an attorney that continued for 43 years. Devoted to his profession, he built his own legal practice in Plum and became one of the most honorable and most respectable lawyers in the area. So many of his clients were comforted by his calming presence and compassion, and Joe loved his calling, for he never retired. Moreover, he taught for more than 30 years at Allegheny Community College, where he headed the paralegal program. There, too, the faculty and students adored him as he instilled his brilliant knowledge of the law in his pupils. Two of the most notable attributes of Joe were his smiling eyes and contagious laugh, which were seen and heard whether he was gently playing with the littlest of his great-nieces and nephews or boisterously commentating on Pittsburgh sports with his brothers and dad. A true Italian, the only thing louder than his voice at family gatherings was his generous heart, for it beat fiercely and thunderously for his nieces, nephews, siblings, parents, kids, wife and most of all, his grandchildren. Everyone went to Joe for advice, and everyone received unmatched wisdom and attention. He is survived by his wife, Debbie Nese; his three children, Joe Nese Jr. (Meghan), Michelle Haracznak (Mike) and Michael Nese (Chantel); his father, Vincent Nese; his grandchildren, TJ, Emmy, Johnny, Nicky and Ava Nese; his brothers, Paul Nese and Richard Nese (Liz); sister-in-law, Linda Nese; as well as so many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins and friends. He joins his mother Carmella and brother Jimmy in Heaven.
Friends were received at SOXMAN FUNERAL HOMES LTD., 7450 Saltsburg Road (at Universal Road), Penn Hills, PA 15235. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at Our Lady of Joy Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Make a Wish and/or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

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Published in Advance Leader on Nov. 7, 2019.
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January 8, 2020
To Joe's loved ones; today I learned of Joe's passing. Joe had been my attorney as well as my mother's for the last 30 years. My friend Patty who recently passed, was once his secretary. She spoke very highly of him. Joe was so patient and we will surely miss him.
Kathy Orlic
November 18, 2019
I am so sorry to hear of this. I dealt with Mr. Nese in his law office. He was so kind when dealing with the wills of departed loved ones. He will definitely be missed. His way of putting me at ease was kind and gentle. I am truly sorry for your loss.
Judy Fisher
November 1, 2019
Devastated to hear of Mr.Nese's passing. He taught me paralegal studies in the 90's and if it weren't for his encouragement and enthusiasm I never would have went on to law school and opened my own practice. I will never forget his excitement every evening class teaching us evidence or civil procedure. He really loved the law and cared about his students. Heaven will shine brighter with him as an angel.
Rachael Santoriella
October 30, 2019
So sorry to hear of this. I had the pleasure of working with Joe for many years at CCAC.
Richard Betters
October 29, 2019
your light will shine on in your children and your grandchildren...and how brightly they will shine. Your kind and honorable ways will live on in them. You are surely blessed.
Beth Pastrick-Keane
October 29, 2019
I've known Joe for many years. We coached soccer together when our children were just getting started in sports. He was beloved then and remained so throughout his life. He just completed some legal papers for me a few months ago. He was an honorable man who will be missed by many. Rest in peace Joe!
Jim McKeating
October 29, 2019
Joe was a good friend growing up on rodlin many good times and good summers with the gang mark cacese Billy lemme fred fazio joe giuliano bob fox may he rest in peace
Dennis Thompson
October 28, 2019
My condolences to the Nese family. Joe was a great guy who I am sure will be missed by many. He always had a good story or great advice. I had him as my 7 th grade history teacher in Wilkinsburg. If my math is correct then I knew him about 50 years. We lived near him in plum for awhile. God bless and Rest In Peace Joe!!
Mike Mckaveney
October 28, 2019
Grew up on morlow dr and Joe was a great kid growing up with many he rest in peace
Dennis Thompson
October 28, 2019
You all have my deepest sympathy. Joe is a very kind man and I will miss seeing him.

Mandi Mechling
Dr. Amjad's office
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