Our beloved husband, brother, grandfather, cousin, uncle, co-worker, and friend, Joseph (Joe) John Notarianni, passed away on April 23, 2022, at 71 years of age. A military service will be held at 10:30 am on Thursday, May 19th at Florida National Cemetery, 6502 SW 102nd Ave, Bushnell, FL.
Joe is survived by his loving wife, Judith Notarianni, Molly (their adorable little dog), his sisters, Joyce Wilson, Dawn Keen (Norman), Joe’s brothers Michael Notarianni, stepdaughters, Sandy Smith and Pam Poust, grandchildren Justin, Kelsey, Kole, Brandy, Nichole and Kyle, great grandchildren Caprice, Niko, and little Elliana. Also, children from another marriage, Joseph, Natalie, and Timothy.
A five-year resident of The Villages, Joe spent most of his life in the Philadelphia area where he was born, before moving in retirement to The Villages in Florida. Moving away from Pennsylvania and family was a big decision, but one that we have been happy with. We all had a real adjustment, but we kept the love of family and friends back home.
Some of Joe’s fondest memories were from his days at Cardinal Dougherty High School in Philadelphia.
Joe was a proud Vietnam Veteran, who enjoyed participating in veteran’s clubs and activities with his military brothers. As a talented steel fabricator and draftsman, Joe took pride in his work and his relationships with his boss Jeff and co-workers. He spent many years in the industry.
Softball was one of Joe’s passions. He played softball for many years. His favorite football team was the Eagles. He was a passionate movie buff. He loved talking about Star Wars with his dear friend Josh Knobel. They would speak for hours. Unfortunately, no one knew what they were talking about.
Joe had a life-long passion for music and was a self-taught pianist. In retirement he joined organ classes at Fletchers to learn to become a better player. He treasured his many organ friends at Fletchers.
Cruising with Judy, friends Mary, Walt, Dot, Bruce, Cindy, and Steve was a special time for Joe. Wonderful times were had. Niagara Falls was a beautiful memory, even in retirement Joe liked keeping busy. He valued time spent volunteering with one blood and working as a patrol driver with the Villages Community Watch.
Joe was a member of the American Legion, Philadelphia Club, Water Buffalo Club, Vietnam Veteran’s Club and Parrot Heads. Some of his best times were with dear friends Joanie, George, Doris, Wendell, Joan, Dolores, Toba, Aaron, Barbara, Alan, Holly, Matt, Paulette, and his boss Jeff.
Joe enjoyed entertaining visitors and showing friends and family around the villages, and especially spending time in the town squares listening to music and socializing. He loved the times when Sandy, Pam, and our grandchildren visited us, his sisters Dawn and Joyce and brother Michael also.
Joe will be truly missed by all who knew him and as a kind, generous, gentle loving and caring man who enjoyed making people laugh. A humble man, ready with a smile for everyone, loved his family and spending time with friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to be made in his memory to the American Legion or North Lake Presbyterian church.
Friends and family are invited to attend a VETERAN’S MEMORIAL SERVICE on Thursday, May 19, at 10:30 AM at Bushnell National Cemetery.
After the services, if you would like to express your condolences, there will be an open house at 3:30 PM, at 4073 McDowell Drive with cookies and coffee.