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Joseph A "Papa Joe" Montagano
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Birth: Feb. 3, 1950
Elkhart County
Indiana, USA
Death: May 29, 2011
Elkhart County
Indiana, USA

Joseph A. Montagano
Feb. 3, 1950 - May 29, 2011
ELKHART - Joseph Anthony "Papa Joe" Montagano, 61, passed away unexpectedly of natural causes in his residence on Sunday, May 29, 2011. Joe was born Feb. 3, 1950, in Elkhart, IN, to Anthony P. "Casey" and Pauline "Dolly" (Lambo) Montagano. On August 19, 1972, he married his high-school sweetheart, Jeannie Kirkby Montagano. Joe and Jeannie went on their fist date at age 16 and never looked back. His memory will live on through his two sons, Michael (Bethany) Montagano, Christopher (fiancÚ Greta) Montagano, and his soon-to-be-born grandson. He continues to be loved by his big sister, Riesie Montagano Stern - they were inseparable since the day he was born. He took great pride in his sons and future grandson, adored his daughters-in-law, and loved his many cousins. He was a father figure for his nephews/niece (Matthew, Jon, JT, Jennifer and Jason) and numerous friends of the family, as well as a loving and supporting brother-in-law to Suzanne White and Robin Hansel. He greeted everyone with a huge hug, large grin, and his homemade meatball and sausage sandwiches. He was extremely generous and accepting of everyone - he always focused on their best qualities and was never judgmental. He was committed, determined, and relentless in every aspect of his life. He graduated in 1968 from Elkhart High School, where he was a member of the State Championship wrestling team. He received a B.S. in finance from Ohio University and an M.B.A. from Indiana University, Kelley School of Business, graduating with the highest distinction. Joe was a very successful, hardworking, and energetic entrepreneur and business executive. He started his career at a large national construction company, Concrete Forms, where we became the Vice President of Finance at the age of 26. He went on to become President of Riverpark; President/CEO of Microsphere; President/CEO of Productivity Point International; and President/CEO of Signal Learning, Inc. He concluded his career as the President/CEO of Go IT Training, LLC, working through his final day. He loved his employees and co-workers, serving as a mentor and father figure to many. He enjoyed traveling and did so extensively with his family, from Africa to Asia to South America and throughout Europe. He found peace and serenity in reading the Bible every morning in his backyard by his Koi pond. Joe was active at St. John's Episcopal Church; a member of Elcona Country Club; and had his Private Pilots License. He was an avid stock trader and lover of new technology - he always had the newest cell phone, television, and speaker system. He was a phenomenal cook, was an avid runner (he ran the Chicago Marathon), and enjoyed snow skiing trips to Colorado with his son, Christopher. He loved Notre Dame football tailgates/games, taking his son, Michael, to nearly every game since he was 5 years old. Friends may call from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 2, 2011, in the Hartzler-Gutermuth-Inman Funeral Home, Elkhart. The service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, June 3, 2011, in St. John's Episcopal Church, Elkhart. Father Daniel Repp of St. John's Episcopal Church will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Vincent's Cemetery, Elkhart. Memorials may be made to The Literacy Council of St. Joseph County, Inc.

Published in South Bend Tribune on June 1, 2011
Saint Vincent de Paul Cemetery
Elkhart County
Indiana, USA
Created by: Scabbardfish
Record added: Jun 01, 2011
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Joseph A Papa Joe Montagano
Added by: William Bjornstad
Joseph A Papa Joe Montagano
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- Amy Wolfe
 Added: Jul. 3, 2014
Rest in peace, Joe. We were classmates at Elkhart High School, graduating in 1968. Your obituary describes you as I remember, kind and accepting of everyone. You will be greatly missed by all.
- William Bjornstad
 Added: Jun. 2, 2011

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