Joseph Patrick Gioffredo, 71, of Vermilion, died Thursday, April 3, 2008, in New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph after a lengthy illness.
He was born Dec. 9, 1936, in Sandusky, and was a Vermilion resident since 1959. He worked as a custodian for Vermilion High School and retired in 1990, after 28 years as head custodian. He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Vermilion, and American Legion Post 83, Eagles Aerie Post 444, and AMVETS, all in Sandusky. He enjoyed fishing, woodworking, crafts, vacationing, music and spending time with his family and friends, especially his grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Elizabeth 'Betty' (Marks) Gioffredo; sons, Joseph A. (Amy) Gioffredo of Vermilion, and Thomas D. Gioffredo of Marblehead; daughter, Nancy M. Bracy of Lorain; and three grandchildren, Alicia Bracy, Joseph Gioffredo, and Benjamin Gioffredo.
Preceding him in death are his parents, Frank and Lillian (Palmison) Gioffredo brothers, Frank and John Gioffredo; and sisters, Mary Dunham and Bertha Hall.
Friends may call from 10 a.m., Saturday, until funeral services at 1 p.m. in Riddle Funeral Home, 5345 South St., Vermilion; the Rev. Jim Holmer and Sister Rita Costello will co-officiate. Inurnment will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Vermilion, at a later date.
Contributions may be made to Cleveland Clinic Heart Transplant Center, c/o The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, P.O. Box 931517, Cleveland, OH 44193-1655. Condolences may be made at riddlefuneralhome.com.