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Joseph SCHIFANO Sr.


1931 - 2017
Joseph SCHIFANO Sr. Obituary
SCHIFANO, Joseph Sr., age 86, entered into eternal life on September 5, 2017. He was predeceased by his loving wife, Ana, and his parents, Isadore and Vita Schifano. He is survived by his two sons, Isadore (Lisa) and Joe (Pam); his four grandchildren, Anthony, Adam, Stephanie and Alyssa, and brother, Msgr. Al Schifano, along with other family members and cherished friends. Joseph was born on March 15, 1931 in Detroit, Michigan. He proudly served his country during the Korean War. While stationed in Okinawa, he formed an off duty band called the Rhythm Kings which performed many gigs for the USO. Subsequently, he graduated from the University of Arizona. He was a fierce Wildcat fan! He then went on to own an international seafood brokerage company. He had a lifelong passion for music and beautifully played the piano by ear. In the last several years, he began a band, Tre Amici. He also volunteered at the Veterans Administration for several years playing piano for all to enjoy. He was awarded the gold, silver and bronze medals from the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival. He was very proud of these achievements. Joe will be remembered for his love of family, music, country and friends and he will be greatly missed but we know he is playing the piano for all to enjoy in heaven. Visitation will be on Friday, September 8, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Chapel. Rosary will be said at 6:30 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 10:00 a.m., St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 5150 N. Valley View Road, Tucson, Arizona with reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to a in his name. Arrangements by ADAIR FUNERAL HOME, Dodge Chapel.
Published in the Arizona Daily Star on Sept. 8, 2017
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