James "Giuseffi" Joseph Sr. of Hermitage passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at 6:04 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. He was 87.
Mr. Joseph was born March 18, 1930, in Farrell, a son of Joseph and Mary (Angelicchio) Joseph. He was a lifelong area resident and a 1948 graduate of Farrell High School, where he was a member of the wrestling team.
Jim served in the U.S. Army, and was stationed in Alaska during the Korean War.
He retired in 1992 from Sharon Steel's former Farrell plant, where he worked as a boilermaker for 25 years. During that time, Jim also worked as a self-employed concrete finisher completing many jobs throughout the Shenango Valley. He then worked alongside his son-in-law, Pete George, owner and operator of Youngstown Alloy and Chain, Mercer, for more than 20 years. Known by his family as "Mr. Fix-it," Jim was an extremely hard-working man who never hesitated at an opportunity to lend a hand to his family members or anyone in need.
He was a lifelong member of Our Lady of Fatima Church, Farrell, where he served as an usher.
Jim was a longtime participant in the PNA bowling league at Thornton Hall, and instrumental in forming the Sacred Heart Boys Basketball program, both in Sharon.
He enjoyed being outdoors spending time in his garden and taking daily walks in Buhl Park.
Jim loved keeping traditions alive, whether it be family gatherings and the preparation of large holiday meals, or heading to McDonald's every morning to have coffee with his fellow retirees from Sharon Steel.
He also enjoyed going out dancing, traveling and in 2010 fulfilled his lifelong dream of visiting Europe with his family.
Jim adored his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and actively attended their many sporting events and activities throughout the years.
His wife, the former Loretta Zavada, whom he married July 3, 1954, passed away June 30, 1986.
Surviving are: two daughters, Toni (Pete) George of Mercer and Pam (Paul) Baxter of Hermitage; two sons, James (Mari) Joseph Jr. of Mercer, and Richard (Lois) Joseph of Medina, Ohio; a sister, Jenny Joseph of Farrell; a brother, Joseph (Sandy) Joseph of Sharpsville; 11 grandchildren, April, Scott, Erin, Sarah and Andrew, Christina and Alexis, Tanya and Nicole and Brett and Jenn; and 11 great-grandchildren, Conner, Dylan, J.J., Sophia, Giada, Mila, Kadie, Shelbie, Maylee, Nicholas and Callista. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife, Jim was preceded in death by his parents; a grandson, Nick George; three sisters, Rose Sage, Lucy Mariani and Virginia Harakal; and two brothers, Anthony and Alfred Joseph.
The family would like thank the "Golden Girls" who helped in providing exceptional care to Jim.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Buhl Park Foundation, 715 Hazen Road, Hermitage, PA 16148.
James "Giuseffi" Sr., 87, of Hermitage.
Calling hours: 3 to 7 p.m. Friday (1-26-18) in J. BRADLEY MCGONIGLE FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 1090 E. State St., Sharon. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.McGonigleFuneralHomeandCrematory.com.
Service: Funeral Mass of Christian burial at11 a.m. Saturday (1-27-18) in Our Lady of Fatima Church, 601 Roemer Blvd., Farrell, with the Rev. Matthew Ruyechan, pastor, as celebrant. Everyone is asked to go directly to the church.
Interment: St. Anthony Cemetery, Hermitage.
Published on January 24, 2018