Joseph Balestrieri died May 23rd, 2014 at the age of 81. He was known in the Ocala community as "Mr. Joseph" for almost 45 years. During that time he owned and operated an Italian restaurant, a very successful cosmetology school and several salons. He was married for 48 years and along with his wife raised two daughters in the Ocala community. The family were members of the Christian congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses. Joseph leaves behind two daughters, Joee Balestrieri-Smith and Mia Ackerson, two son in-laws, Tony Smith and Joe Ackerson as well as one grandson, Anthony Joseph Smith. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 31st at 1:00 PM at The Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses located 5221 Pecan Road, Silver Springs Shores, Ocala, Florida 34472.