Joseph Constantino Petenzi (Nonni Joe to all his grandchildren and great-grandchildren), 92, of Canton, passed away Tuesday, October 15th, 2013 at Rose Lane Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Massillon. Joseph was born in Ramiceto, Italy on June 11, 1921, the son of the late Frank and Domenica (Montalli) Petenzi.
He emigrated to the United States at age 10 and attended Malvern Schools. Prior to enlisting in the US Army, he worked in the Civilian Conservation Corp. His Army career spanned 16 years and he served WW II in the European Theater of Operations, the Alaskan Aleutian Islands Campaign and later the Korean War. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans, American Legion, and VFW. He retired from TRW in Minerva and was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Canton.
Joseph is survived by his wife of 68 years, Anita (Carita) Petenzi; two daughters, Anita D. (John) Tokos, of Malvern, Jo Ann (Michael) Garaux, of Canton, OH; ten grandchildren Denise Petenzi, of Chicago, IL, David (Tasha) Petenzi of Goodlettsville, TN, Erin (Russ) Petenzi-Kimball of Hazel Green, TN, Anne Tokos of Malvern, Andrea (Scott) Miller of Columbus, OH, Amelia (Kent) Baxter of Mt. Vernon, OH, John M. Tokos, II of Malvern, Joseph M. (Heidi) Garaux of Dumfries, VA, Gayle (Shawn) Kimbrough, of Canton, Marque (Sarah) Garaux of Geneva, OH and 10 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by a son Frank S. Petenzi.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Malvern, at 10:00 am on Saturday, October 19th, with Celebrant Fr. Victor Cinson. Calling hours will be held Friday 6 - 8 p.m. and one hour before services on Saturday at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. Burial will be in St. Francis Xavier Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Blue Star Mothers PO Box 2375 North Canton, OH 44720 or Fisher House Foundation, Inc. (providing a "home away from home" for military families to be close to a loved one during hospitalization for an illness, disease or injury), 111 Rockville Pike, Suite 420, Rockville, MD 20850-5168.
Bartley Funeral Home