Joseph Fumo
1954 - 2021

Joseph Fumo

June 20, 1954 - May 24, 2021

BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC - Joseph Fumo, 66 years old, passed away surrounded by his family at home in Black Mountain, NC on Monday, May 24, 2021 after a long battle with pulmonary fibrosis and complications from a double lung transplant. He was born June 20,1954 in Kenosha and was a 1972 graduate of Tremper High School (National Honor Society) before graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in journalism. Joe began his writing career as a newspaper reporter in Wisconsin, New Jersey and New York City before spending the majority of his career as a technical writer, most recently with Trane Technologies. His true passion was creative writing, and he authored five books of humorous fiction, with another soon to be released by his very own Zero Pillow Press. Joe's kindness, gentleness and love for his family was legendary. Even as a Packer fan, he did not hate the Bears, Vikings or Lions.

He will be deeply missed by his wife, Robbie Callanan Fumo; his children: Nicola Fumo, Dante Fumo (Molly Ubbesen), Greg Callanan, Eileen Callanan and Ryan Callanan (Eliza); his siblings: Rick (Kay), Robert (Sherri), John (Kelly), Carol Cailliet (Claude) Phillip and William; his mother-in-law, Margaret Shields; his sisters and brothers-in-law, Judy Beaumier, John Shields, Christine Lloyd (Jim) and Joseph Shields (Mary); numerous cousins, and twelve beloved nieces and nephews. He is also survived by many very dear friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents Mario "Bob" Fumo and Elvia Villani Fumo.

A celebration of Joe's life will be held this summer in Milwaukee. Details will be forthcoming.

Contributions to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation in Joe's memory are appreciated.

Published by Kenosha News on May 30, 2021.
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Rob, I am so very sorry to see this - - I know he was an exceptional man. Keep us posted on the summer memorial. So very difficult
Lynne marris
June 4, 2021
Our deepest sympathy to you Robbie and your beautiful family. Joe was a sensitive and engaging friend, husband & father. We will miss him and he will always hold a special place in our hearts. Joe we will always remember you dancing in the street at the Little Chute Windmill Festival. Love to all of you. XO
Steve & Karen Kalmanson
June 2, 2021
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