GUISEPPE “JOE” MONTAGNA, age 95, beloved husband of 71 years of the late Beate L. (née Kluber); beloved father of Linda DiPietro (Ralph Lederer), Gaetano “Tom” and Mario (Erana); devoted grandfather of Anthony DiPietro III, Michelle Sumpter (Jackson) Michael Montagna, Lana Pastor (Evan) Kim and Mario Jr., and great-grandfather of Alexa and Cayla Sumpter, Bryson and Owen Pastor and Nathan, Landen and Austin; cherished son of the late Gaetano and Rosina (née Belfiore); dearest brother of the late Biagio (Connie, deceased), Maria Korzan (Denis, deceased) and Anthony Montagna (Donna); dear uncle and great-uncle of many. On June 20, 2022, Guiseppe “Joe or Papa Joe” Montagna died at the age of 95, peacefully at home, surrounded by his family. Joe was an ambitious, dedicated and hardworking family man. He was born on January 28, 1927, in Marion, Ohio, but grew up in Sant’Agata di Militello, Sicily when he moved away when he was two years old. It was in Sicily that Joe obtained his education at the Salesian Mission, which instilled in him many personal characteristics such as: his passionate beliefs, his strong work ethic, his sense of duty and his tenacious perseverance. In Sicily, Joe learned all about hard work working in the family olive grove. Joe lived in Sicily for 18 years before deciding to move back to Ohio. It was on his return that Joe met his wife and partner of 74 years while taking ESL classes. Together they built a life and raised their family. It was not uncommon for Joe to hold several jobs at once. Joe eventually landed an apprenticeship which led to his bold decision to start his own sewer construction business. Luckily, that’s when Joe became acquainted with a property in Chardon, Ohio. Joe immediately fell in love with the scenic setting which also included a lake. Together, Joe and his wife, Beate, nurtured and nurtured the idea of starting a trout fishing club. Their vision, sacrifice and diligence paid off with the creation of the Deep Springs Trout Club; celebrates its 60th anniversary today. Their business has received many compliments and has often been referred to as a hidden oasis and paradise. Joe was also proud of the spring water located on this property. Joe knew he had to share this wonderful gem. So he created a multi-tap system that gave the public access to delicious, pure and natural water. Joe himself has often attributed his health and long life to the benefits of water. Joe was a proud member of Post 34 Italian American Veterans. He was previously a member of the Quail Hollow Country Club and the Heisley Racquetball and Fitness Club. He loved traveling to Aruba and Italy, swimming, nature and gardening. Joe did everything with great passion and gave 100% in all his endeavors. He especially enjoyed teaching others. His greatest joy came from those he loved. He particularly enjoyed the trips and vacations spent with his family. Joe loved life. He was charismatic and lively. Everyone who knew him loved him. He will be greatly missed. In lieu of flowers, suggested contributions in Joe’s memory to the Italian American Veterans Association. Christian Burial Mass on Tuesday, June 28, 2022 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 401 North Chardon Street. PLEASE MEET AT THE CHURCH. Burial continued at All Souls Cemetery. The family will receive friends to pay their respects and celebrate Joe’s life at the DEJOHN FUNERAL HOME & CELEBRATIONS CENTER OF CHESTERLAND 12811 CHILLICOTHE ROAD (Rt. 306, just south of Mayfield Rd.) MONDAY 4-8 p.m. Online obituary, guest book and flower order at www.DeJohnCares.com
Published by News-Herald from June 23 to June 26, 2022.