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Joseph D Ciccarella
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Birth: May 12, 1912
Death: Oct. 29, 2010

Ciccarella, Joe, a WWII veteran, who spent his life first working then owning "The Old Pork House," passed away from natural causes on October 29.
He is survived by his two children Joseph and Patricia,
4 grandchildren Sandra, Sharon, Joseph, Jeffrey;
6 great grandchildren Christina 17, Joshua 14, Madeline 14, Jack 9, Jake 5, James 30 months. To them he was "Pop Pop Joe" and "Grandpa Joe."
He was so beloved by his grandchildren that one even named his cane (which he used grudgingly in the last years of his journey) "Quicksilver."
All the grandkids wanted to help him with "Quicksilver."
He was 98 years young and still living on his own when his journey ended.
After graduating from St. Xavier High school, and just as the depression was beginning, Joe began working as a clerk at The Old Pork House.
After 26 years, the opportunity came along to purchase the business which was located in what was then called the "Bottoms" close to the Ohio River.
Whenever there was a flood, they were one of the first to be under water.
For 6 days a week, his daily routine was a 4-mile walk to and from work in rain, snow, sleet or freezing temperatures.
He started at 6:30am and returned home at 7:00pm on a short day.
During WWII, Joe served in the Army Signal Corps. His unit received a commendation as the first communications unit to cross the Rhine River to support our troops in the Battle of the Bulge.
He retired at 65 but as a child of the Great Depression just sitting around wasn't good enough.
He went back to work in various capacities, finally retiring at the grand age of 92.
That era created a work ethic in people that helped them make significant contributions to what is called "The Great Society."
His journey has been an inspiration to the family he loved and cherished so much.
He was a quiet, private person who loved watching the Reds and reading mystery novels.
The way he lived his life will always be remembered by his family; he was greatly loved; he will be greatly missed; he cannot be replaced.
Visitation on Tuesday at St. Teresa of Avila Church, 1175 Overlook Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45238, from 9:30 AM until the celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 AM. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in his name to the March of Dimes, 10806 Kenwood Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242.
Meyer and Geiser Funeral Home serving the family.
Created by: Sam
Record added: Nov 28, 2010
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Joseph D Ciccarella
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They don't make em like that anymore...Rest in peace Joseph...God never promised a life without pain, Laughter without tears or sun without rain. But He did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears and light for the way, And for all who believe...(Read more)
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 Added: Feb. 18, 2016

- kellybean
 Added: Aug. 7, 2012
God's Blessings.
- ris
 Added: Jul. 16, 2012
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