Obit: Joe Giocomarra

Joe Giocomarra
Joe Giocomarra

Joe Giocomarra, age 100, passed away peacefully in the tender care of the Faith & Hope Hospice on July 22. Surrounded by his closest friends and family, he completed his final mission with dignity and grace.
Born May 28, 1918 in Fort Dodge, Iowa, to Giuseppe Sr. and Maria Santo-Giocomarra, Italian immigrants, Joe and his four siblings were children of the Depression era.
Joe leaves behind many close friends and organizations from an illustrious career in metallurgy, fabrication and design for two organizations over 37 years, first at General Controls, then Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He worked until age 72.
Joe’s military service to his country was in the U.S. Merchant Marine, serving on Victory ships; his favorite, the Lane Victory, is still in working service and is a floating museum to this day. Joe was a survivor of the rigors of World War II, as well as 33 days aboard a life raft with three others after a ship was torpedoed and sank. He sported a very special tattoo on his arm to serve as a memory of the experience and the loss of one of the four on the life raft.
Joe was on a responding ship after the Pearl Harbor attack and shared the horrors of war, and the loss of life was overwhelming to him.
Antique car restoration, hit ’n’ miss engines, wine and good food were his passions.
A Shriner, a Mason, an advocate for those in need or “down on their luck,” he spent most holidays serving meals to the homeless at churches and missions.
Joe’s dog, Freddie, preceded him in death in 2014. They were constant companions.
Fishing and hunting were also free-time hobbies.
A memorial Mass and reception will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 8, at 10 a.m. at St. Bede the Venerable Catholic Church.
Memorials chosen by Joe in lieu of flowers are Faith & Hope Hospice and the Lane Victory Ship & Museum.

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