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Joseph Piazza

Died: Sun., Jan. 24, 2016

Memorial Mass

11:00 AM Sat., Jan. 30, 2016
Location: St. Mary's Mission Parish

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Stevensville - Joseph Piazza passed away peacefully at the age of 86 on January 24, 2016 while at Marcus Daly Hospital in Hamilton, Montana surrounded by his loving family. Born June 9, 1929 to John and Angelina (Russo) Piazza in Greenville, Pennsylvania, Joseph was third of a sister and two brothers. As the son of a local businessman, Joe was always acutely aware of the importance of owning your own business. His father owned several businesses in Greenville and Joe continued that tradition by owning and operating his own bar and restaurant; “The Hilltop” in Greenville, PA for several years after graduating from St. Michael’s School in 1947. He later was employed by Westinghouse Electric in Sharon, PA for 38 years as a group leader in the pipefitter division, retiring in 1984. His employment there was interrupted for 2 years of service in the Army’s Military Intelligence division during the Korean conflict, he was stationed in Germany. After being discharged from the Army, Joe met and married Karen Jean Goodwill of Meadville, PA on January 31, 1955. They celebrated 39 years of marriage before she passed away in 1994. They raised their three daughters and remained in Sharon. Joe was a lifelong member of several clubs, those being BPOE Lodge #145, VFW #3374 and the IUE Local #617. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Church in Sharon for many years. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Family was the most important thing to him and after living in PA for most of his life, he decided to move to Montana to be near family. Even though many miles separated him and his daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Joe always lived for the moments when we could all be together. He resided in Stevensville, MT for the last 5 years and boy, did he make the most of it! He was fond of saying “Big Sky Montana! I ain’t never leavin’ it!” He lived with his two daughters, son-in-law and grandson and will be sorely missed. He was also a member of St. Mary’s Parish in Stevensville, MT and was an enthusiastic supporter of Sunday morning coffee hour through which he made many close friends! He is survived by daughter Theresa H. Kilmer and Bridget A. (Steve) Yazvac of Stevensville, MT, daughter Mia Piazza and son-in-law Les Hofius, Southern Pines, NC; three grandchildren, Ivan J. Yazvac of Stevensville, Angela M. Pagliaroli of Butler, PA and Elizabeth R. Kilmer of Hermitage, PA; two great- grandsons, Emeric O. and Carter C. Tillman of Hermitage, PA; brother Cecil Piazza of Boulder City, Nevada. He is preceded in death by his wife Karen J. Piazza, brother Samuel Piazza, and sister Jennie Martin. We would like to thank all the nurses, doctors and staff at Daly Memorial for their unending support for Joe and our family who so appreciated it. Finally we are extremely grateful for the many stories and recollections of our father and how he touched individuals’ lives that were relayed to us verbally or in cards and letters. This is to what we as his family can refer when we experience periods of grief. As his family, we were very aware of all of the good deeds, caring actions and funny sayings dad did and said in his lifetime. A funeral service is planned for 11:00 Saturday, January 30th, 2016 at St. Mary’s Mission Catholic Church, Stevensville MT with a reception to follow in the church’s family center.

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The Bradt Family
   Posted Wed January 27, 2016
Our most sincere condolences to your family.

Bill & Jane ONeill
   Posted Thu January 28, 2016
Dear Terry & Family,

We were sorry to hear of your fathers passing. Please cherish your memories and time together. You have a heart felt sympathy and prayers.

Sincerely, Jane & Bill

Rosemary and Joe beason
   Posted Thu January 28, 2016
We will miss seeing your father in church. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Happy memories and prayer will get you through this sad time.

Dale & Helen McCarrick
   Posted Fri January 29, 2016
Teri - our deepest sympathy to you and your family on the passing of your father. Hold onto all your happy memories of him because it helps to heal the hole in your heart caused by his passing.
Helen & Dale

Ted and Gail Kennedy
   Posted Fri January 29, 2016

We are so sorry to hear of Joe's passing. We have many great memories of him and also Karen. He was always a family first person.1

Carl and Cheryl Baldwin
   Posted Tue February 02, 2016
Dear Steve and Bridget,
We were sorry to read of your father's passing Bridget. It sounds like he lived a long and busy life which makes for many memories for you. You were lucky to have him live with you these past several years. Even though we know that the order of things has our parents leaving us, it is always hard when it does happen. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Carl and Cheryl

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