Joseph Bellino
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Lt. Col. Joseph B. Bellino, 77

Shrewsbury - These days of social distancing are the antithesis to the person we knew and loved…Joe Bellino. Family, friend or stranger, any time you saw Joe, you were greeted with a huge hug and a kiss. Italian heritage through and through he and his wife, Sue, loved life and the many people in their wide range of friends. They lived a life of faith that promises a wonderful reunion in heaven for eternity. Sue was there to greet Joe with a long awaited welcome and perhaps a few choice words. They've rejoined their son, Joseph and members of the Bellino, Panzero and Dell'Olio families. What was once on earth continues now for them in heaven.

Joe died peacefully at home with family at his side on Friday, August 28, 2020 after a short battle with cancer. He was 77.

Born in Worcester on July 29, 1943 he was the son of the late Jackino and Esther (Russo) Bellino he grew up in the Greendale area of Worcester. At Sacred Heart Academy where he graduated, Joe was an All-Star basketball and baseball player. He earned his Bachelor's degree from St. Michael's College in Burlington, Vermont; graduating from the ROTC and entered into the US Air Force as an officer. Days after graduation, at his much loved Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, he married his high school sweetheart, Susanna M. Panzero on June 19, 1965. The two began their military journey stationed in Florida but after four years, made their way back to Massachusetts. Mount Carmel remained a big part of their lives. As teenagers, they spent every weekend on the dance floor at the Rec Center and later, Joe served on the parish council and the committee to help save the church from its closing. Their faith and love for their parish kept them grounded to their roots and sustained and guided them all their lives.

Their home on Vega Drive in Shrewsbury was the home that Joe and Sue built. Often the gathering space for good food, drink and lots of laughs; it was also where love lived.

Joe enjoyed a successful career as a Lt. Colonel with the United States Air National Guard serving as Commander of the 101st Air Control Squadron on Skyline Drive in Worcester. Joe led his squadron to the first and subsequent unprecedented Outstanding Unit Awards. He retired in 2004.

The consummate competitor, Joe was an avid tennis player who spent hours playing at the Shrewsbury Racquet Club. As his knees aged, he traded in his tennis racquet for golf clubs. He grew to love the game of golf and was a familiar face at The Haven Country Club in Boylston. Joe and his son-in-law, Tony whom he considered a son and friend won the Club Invitational in 2010.

Joe never needed to prove that family was the most important thing in his life. His relationship with his daughter Nicki was more than just that of father and daughter and even more-so since Sue's death in 2016. Joe had special and unique relationships with each of his grand kids. With Alyssa and Gabrielle it was going on dates where he set subtly instilled sage advice about dating. With Anthony it was drink and cigar in the back yard and with Matthew is was time on the links playing golf. With Kevin they shared their love and talent for cooking; for Joseph it was being his biggest fan; coaching him from the sidelines in both football and lacrosse. Gifts given are gifts received.

Joe and Sue were a dynamic, fun and wonderful couple who enjoyed life…laughed…and lived each moment to the fullest. Joe's sense of humor was notorious as well. He was known to belly laugh at his own jokes; most of which were repeated to the same audience on more than one occasion. Joe became a father-figure to many, accruing a number of additional children & grandchildren over the years.

We know that for us life has changed, not ended. Joe's legacy lives on in his daughter, Nicole M. 'Nicki' Franzoso and her husband, Tony; his grandchildren, Anthony, Matthew, Joseph and Gabrielle Franzoso, all of Shrewsbury, Alyssa and Kevin Bellino and his daughter-in-law, Karen Senosk and her husband, Steve all of Boylston; his sister, Jacqueline Jacques of Worcester; cousins with whom he was very close including Louis & Laura Dell'Olio and Tony & Betty Chionchio; nieces & nephews and so many wonderful friends, including Rose Carelli of Shrewsbury.

Family and friends will honor and remember Joe's life by gathering for a viewing from 4 - 7 pm Tuesday, September 1st at The Haven Country Club, 369 Cross Street, Boylston. In accordance with regulations during this pandemic and adhering to capacity limitations the number of people in the building will be strictly monitored by funeral home staff. We encourage you to come but so as to accommodate the many people the visits will be limited.

His Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday in Saint John's Church, 44 Temple Street Worcester at 10:00 a.m. Msgr. Michael Rose will officiate. Burial with military honors will follow in St. John's Cemetery, Worcester.

In lieu of flowers memorials in Joe's name may be made to St. John's High School, Advancement Office, 378 Main Street, Shrewsbury, MA 01545 or Notre Dame Academy, 425 Salisbury St., Worcester MA 01609.

Arrangements by James & John Heald. To view Joe's online tribute and guest register please visit

www.joycefuneralhome.com

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Published by Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Aug. 30 to Aug. 31, 2020.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
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Service
4:00p.m. - 7:00p.m.
The Haven Country Club
369 Cross Street, Boylston, MA
Sep
2
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10:00a.m.
Saint John's Church
44 Temple Street, Worcester, MA
Burial
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Bellini Family,

My condolences to you for Lt. Colonel Bellino's passing. He was looked up to and admired by many kids in the neighborhood and his unit. He was a great father, coach and neighbor and leader as well.

Sincerely

John Mulhern
John Mulhern
Neighbor
January 27, 2021
So sorry to just hear of Joe's passing. First a long time friend of the Panzero/Dell'Olio families, then of Joe, I remember him well as a straight up guy who we younger guys liked and admired. Joe, may the Lord look with favor on you and your family.
Tom Lanava
Friend
September 27, 2020
Joe and Sue were fun, funny, warm, and loving to all. Their connection and their loving ways gathered an army of friends. We will miss this honest and caring man, as we miss Sue. They lit up the room !
God Bless You Both

Mary and Emil
Mary DeFeudis
September 8, 2020
My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Bellino Family and the 101st Tactical Control Squadron Family.

I was a 19 year old airman when I arrived at the 101st. Lt. Colonel Bellino was a kind and strong leader. I can absolutely say that every interaction I had with the Commander left me feeling good about myself and ready to serve under his command. So serious and in control when he needed to be and so fun to be around outside of our duty to serve the country- a rare combination to be sure. I say to my own boys, be a good and true person and your legacy will stand on it's own. This man is a great example.

Michael Lombardi,
Michael Lombardi
Served In The Military Together
September 3, 2020
Dear Nikki and family,
Alan and I are so sorry to hear of Joe's passing...He was such a wonderful man...We will always remember his warm smile along with the good times and great food we shared with Sue and Joe...They are lucky to have a family that will continue their legacy of "Live, Love and Laughter"! Sending hugs and prayers.
Karen Modest
Friend
September 3, 2020
My condolences Nicky and family. In reading buetiful words about Joe . they are so true. He was a big part of my life growing up. He wanted the best for me. And without him who knows where id end up. He had that much love for me. And i will never forget that. Wish this world had more like him. God bless you. Love always.
Paul Delianedis
Neighbor
September 3, 2020
My heartfelt prayers of condolences to the entire Bellino Family and the 101st Air Control Squadron Family.

May the Lord Our God, Jesus Christ comfort every heart, mind, soul and spirit who loved Commander Joseph Bellino. Amen

TSGT John W. Lewis
JOHN LEWIS
September 3, 2020
Nicki, Jackie and family, I'm So sorry to hear of the passing of Joe. I'll always remember the family fun we had when we were kids. Live and prayers to you all. Cousin Rhonda
Rhonda Puglisi
Family
September 2, 2020
To the Bellino Family,

So sorry to hear of Joe's Passing. I was a classmate of Joe's at Sacred Heart and I would see him and Sue at Military Events as I was a Commanding Officer in the
Army National Guard 110th Armor in Worcester. I would also see him at the Fund Raiser for The Sisters of Saint Joseph at The Haven Country Club. We shared some laughs with other classmates at the events. Joe will be missed by many.



John F Noone Jr
North Port Fl.
John F Noone Jr
Classmate
September 2, 2020
I am so sorry to hear of Joe's passing. Joe enlisted me in the Air National Guard so many years ago. Even though I was not in his unit I always felt a connection with him. Later on Joe became the Commander of the 212th and I enjoyed working with him. Joe always had some stories of his experiences in the guards to share and we were always willing to listen. Even if we had heard them before. Joe touched a lot of people and he will be missed by them all.
God Bless You Joe, and now it is time for you have Commanders Call.
Joe Corazzini
Joe Corazzini
Served In The Military Together
September 1, 2020
Prayers and love go out to Nicki, Tony, grandkids and extended family and friends. Joe and Sue will be remembered as being such a positive force in so many lives, they were larger than life and we were blessed to have known them. RIP and Thank You For All The Love That You Spread. Angela & Jim Magill
Angela Magill
Friend
September 1, 2020
I am one of Joe's first cousins, Ed Paul of which he had several. In my younger years Joe & I were pretty close. Sometimes we would spend an over nite at our grand fathers house & we would go fishing with my grand father early the next morning. He & his wife Sue on there way to his first military assignment at Eglin AFB stopped in to visit me & my wife to ask what it is like in the active AF? We all had a great time with him and Sue. Later he became my CO at the Worc Air National Guard station! Joe always had a smile on his face, cause he loved life and people! He was a great guy with a big heart for people. I had a lot of respect & love for him. And I hope to see him when I leave this earth.
Ed Paul
Family
September 1, 2020
My condolences to the Bellino family. Rest In Peace my friend.
Lanny Tower
Served In Military Together
September 1, 2020
To the Bellino Family and Friends,

Please accept my most heartfelt condolences, for the loss of Joe, was a loss for everyone who knew him. I served with Joe in the Air National Guard, and not only was he a good Commander, a good boss, a good friend, and also a great man. We'll all miss him, and keep him in our prayers.

R.I.P.

Stan Hilton
Served In Military Together
September 1, 2020
Dear Nikki: you may not know who I am but I remember seeing you at Mt. Carmel each Sunday with your parents and your beautiful family. Your Mom and Dad knew me both from church and the Dell O'lio family. Whenever Sue's uncle Joe Dell'Olio would return to Worcester from California they would invite mea me and my husband to their home to visit with Joe, because Joe's wife Pat's brother Bruce was our best man and good friend of my husbands. Also whenever they saw me at church they greeted me with a big smile and hug and always sent their regards for my daughter Marie who years passed worked at University Dental and she was their Hygienist..
May God give you strength now at this difficult time and carry you through life with their wonderful memories.

sincerely,
Seth & Maryann Aslanian
Maryann (LOsapio)Aslanian
Family Friend
September 1, 2020
My deepest condolences to Joe's family. Joe was a great inspiration to me during my 6 years in the Air Guard he will me missed deeply. My prayers are with you all during this time.
Bob Melancon
Served In The Military Together
September 1, 2020
Nikki,Tony and and family
So sorry for the loss of a great Husband,Dad and Granddad;he was loved by many of his friends and relatives.he always made you comfortable when he met you;always with a firm,warm hug.
We will always remember as the kids were growing up sharing babysitting for each other when we took short trips. Sue and Joe were great role models and my daughter cherishes those times.
Good bye Joe. We love you.You are now in heaven with Sue.
Steve,Patti and Andrea Pezzella.asdy
Stephen Patti and Andrea Pezzella
Friend
September 1, 2020
So shocking and sad. An absolute wonderful man and Great Commander. Hugs kisses and smile will always be remembered. Rest In Peace my friend
Ralph Monfreda
Served In The Military Together
September 1, 2020
Nicky and family
We will forever fondly remember the belly laughs, hugs, kisses, smiles, dinners at Leo’s, the rounds of golf; but most of all his kindness and friendship.
Rest In Peace Joe.
Ralph & Deb Sbrogna
Ralph & Deb Sbrogna
Friend
September 1, 2020
To Nikkie and family. Our hearts break for your loss and deep pain. Your folks were faith filled people who shared that faith with you. May God give you the strength to stay strong. May God bless your dad as he travels home. Love you
Joanne DErrico
Friend
September 1, 2020
Joe and I go back many years to Sacred Heart Academy, although he was a couple of years behind me. He never let me forget that I was older. He was a terrific athlete at SHA and a very popular young guy. We went separate ways but would see each other from time to time. Several years ago we found ourselves in the same circle of friends with Ralph Sbrogna, Lou DeSantis, John Pedone. Frank Tomaiolo and, of course, their lovely wives. Later this group along with Bob Moylan and Tom Oliveri formed the PAISANS and we would meet for dinner and plenty of laughs at Leo's Restaurant. And Joe had a great laugh. I didn't mention but as a youngster I lived right behind Sue on East Park Terrace, behind Speedy's for you older folks. Joe had all the proper priorities; His love and loyalty for his God, for Sue and his children and family, his friends and of course his country. I'm sad you're not with us Joe, but you've left behind many wonderful memories. Rest in peace my friend.
Eddie
Edward Gardella
Friend
August 31, 2020
Uncle Joe
You you and auntie were always so good to me when I was a little kid and I will never forget you or the advice you would give as I got older.
I love you ! God bless you .
You nephew Michael Chionchio
Michael Chionchio
Family
August 31, 2020
Dear Nicole & Family, so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. May he rest in peace. God Bless you.

Paul Spaziante
Friend
August 31, 2020
So very sorry to hear of your Dad's passing, Nicki. I have so many fun memories of mixed doubles tennis parties with him and your Mom over the years. Please accept my heartfelt condolences to you and the rest of your family. Love, Jane Umphrey
Jane Umphrey
Friend
August 31, 2020
Nikki and Family, we are deeply saddened to hear of your dad's passing. He had an infectious smile, was full of love, a true gentleman and a great man. Holding you close in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Stasha & Vera Ilievski
Vera Ilievski
Friend
August 31, 2020
Nicki and family
I went to High School with Joe and my wife and I would double date with Joe and Sue , friends through the years and golf at the Haven. Always a smile and a big hug and an Italian kiss. You know when you are friends when you think of that person and a smile comes to your face. I will mis him a lot and he will be in my prayers. I won’t be at the service because of the pandemic
Ron Maloney
Ron Maloney
Friend
August 31, 2020
Keeping the family of Joe and Sue in thought and prayer, for their loss. May the wonderful memories you share bring you peace.
Ray and Sally Trottier
Friend
August 31, 2020
Joe was a good man and a great comander He will be miss,d by all the 101st personel
kevin Ahern
Served In The Military Together
August 31, 2020
Nikki .... Sorry to hear of Joes passing .... Heart of Gold .... will be missed by many .... Rest In Peace my Friend and Hello to Sue ..... May His Memory be
Eternal
Ray and Kathy Esper
Friend
August 31, 2020
Kathy and I wish to extend our deepest sympathy and condolences to the entire Bellino family...May God Bless Joe now as he joins his beloved Sue in heaven ..We know his smile, warmth, great humor and joy will forever brighten heaven ..Joe was a beautiful person and he was beloved by many...He will be missed greatly..Rest in Peace Joe, you deserve to be in God's eternal grace.
Paul & Kathy Tinsley
Friend
August 31, 2020
Nicki, Tony, Anthony, Matthew, Joseph & Gabrielle-

I am terribly saddened to hear about your Dad/Grand Dad. May all the wonderful memories you had with him bring you peace and a degree of comfort during this time. My condolences and deepest sympathy. - Tracy Fortin
Tracy Fortin
Family Friend
August 31, 2020
I was very saddened to learn of the passing of my good friend Joe. Joe was a wonderful guy in every way....a great family man, father, grandfather, friend, neighbor. He was the essence of a wonderful person. I will miss his uniquely personal greeting...a big hug and kiss, Italian style. Nobody else could welcome you like Joe. I will also miss our frequent dinners at Leo's Ristorante as a member of the Paisano's.
RIP Joe

Bob Moylan Jr
Bob Moylan Jr
Friend
August 31, 2020
Remembering so many of the good times we shared, oh so many!!! One of the best guys we ever knew.
May you Rest In Peace
Dick & Deb Mazzola
Friend
August 29, 2020
Our deep & heartfelt sympathy to Joes family One great guy A patriot Devoted dad grandfather & good friend to so many Joe RIP
Judy Fran Polito
Friend
August 29, 2020
I once told Joe and Sue upon the passing of their son that if I ever had lost my parents when i was young that they would be the two I'd choose. Playing a round of golf with Joe and Sue was better than watching cable....he entertained and took care of me like I was "a Bellino". I'm so incredibly sad for my personal self but I couldn't be happier that his tee time with Sue is soon to start. A great man that this world was so lucky to have on its soil. I salute you.
leif rosseland
Friend
August 29, 2020
I am your neighbor at 24 Venus. I am so sorry for your lost. My husband passed away in April of 2019. RIP Mr. Bellino
Faye DeSaulnier
Neighbor
August 30, 2020
Was shocked to hear of Joes passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you Nicki, Jackie and all.
Condy Rivard
Family
August 30, 2020
We met and worked closely with Joe and Sue for fundraising with the American Heart Association. They were a wonderful, warm, caring and compassionate couple, and we are all better people for having known them and called them friends. We'll miss Joe as we have missed Sue, but it is comforting to know they are reunitedaMrKx. Rest in peace.
Robert & Diane Harizi
Friend
August 30, 2020
Nikki - I'm so sorry to hear of the death of your Dad. I'll always remember the good times we had watching our grandsons Joseph and Andrew play ball. May he Rest In Peace.
Christine Gulino
Friend
August 30, 2020
Jeanine and I are extremely saddened to learn of Joe's passing but feel greatly enriched by his presence in our lives. Joe was a consistently energetic, warm, loving, and engaging spirit in any social gathering he was a part of, and we were lucky to revel many times with him. Joe and Sue were a beautiful and endlessly entertaining couple that are now reunited in our memories and everlasting love. Our profound sympathies go out to Nicki, Tony, and the rest of Joe's family that will miss his illuminating daily presence. We share in your loss and offer our deepest sympathies.
With loving appreciation,
Rich and Jeanine Eisenberg
Richard Eisenberg
Friend
August 30, 2020
Dear Nicki,
We are so sorry to hear about your Dad's passing. The Grden Family will keep you in our prayers during this very sad time. With love, Lynne, Paul and Matthew Grden
Lynne Detarando Grden
Friend
August 30, 2020
Nikki and family, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Uncle Joe. I loved him and he was always the person that I would look forward to seeing at every family event. He was such an awesome Man. I wish that I could could be there to say goodbye and to see you all. I hope that you are all doing well and wish you the best during this sad time.
Bria Bourque
Family
August 30, 2020
So sorry to hear about Joe. We'll remember his beautiful warm smile and greeting when he came to the club. Don and Sandy De Ciccio
Sandra Deciccio
Friend
August 30, 2020
Nikki, we were so sad to hear about Joe. He was a shining light for our family for so long in the old neighborhood. There's nothing he wouldn't do for anyone! I'm sure he's reunited with your family in heaven and they are all watching over you as you remember special times and blessings. Sending love and prayers ❤
Donna Gravel
Family Friend
August 30, 2020
You were always a great guys and friend in highschool. You will be missed dearly...Sebastian Messina
Sebastian Messina
Classmate
August 30, 2020
I'm so fortunate to have had Joe as my true friend. His laugh, smile and hug was one of a kind. He and Sue opened their home and lives to me and left memories I will always cherish. I will miss him dearly. Sincerely Jeannie





Dear Nikki, Tony and family,
I'm so fortunate to have had Joe for my friend. His laugh, smile and hug was one of a kind. He and Sue opened their home and lives to me and left memories I will always cherish. I will miss him dearly. Sincerely, Jeannie Taylor
Jean Taylor
Friend
August 30, 2020
Rest in Peace Joe
Sandra Wirtanen
Friend
August 30, 2020
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