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Joseph W. Nuccio

JOSEPH W. NUCCIO, age 91, passed away peacefully on May 15, 2019. Joe was born to Peter and Antoinette (nee Minute) on August 2, 1927 in Cleveland Ohio and graduated from Collinwood High School. A proud WWII U.S. Navy veteran, Joe built his family home in Mayfield Heights where he lived for 60 years. He was a devoted parishioner of St. Clare and later St. Francis of Assisi Church. Joe was a dedicated and hardworking Otis Elevator adjuster for Local Union #17 for 42 years and a mentor to countless Otis guys. Many called him “Mr. Fixit” for his innovative abilities to build and fix anything for his family and friends. Always the life of the party, Joe was known for his sense of humor and love for music and dancing. He could water-ski barefoot, enjoyed flying in his son’s airplane and was passionate about cars – especially his Cadillacs. Joe enjoyed being surrounded by his kids, grandkid’s, eating Italian food and anything dark chocolate, hosting Superbowl parties, being outdoors and going on family vacations, especially his travels to Italy, London and Paris. Joe was an avid Cleveland Browns fan and season ticket-holder. He was a loving and devoted son, husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. The twinkle in his eye, his bright smile and memorable laugh will be sincerely missed and fondly remembered by all those who loved and admired him.

Joe is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Katherine (nee McDonald); sister Carmella Mansfield (husband Walter, deceased); brother Anthony (wife Peggy); daughters Cynthia Krause (husband Dale) and Holly Sanchez (husband Daniel); sons Lt. Col. Jeffrey (wife Katherine) and David; grandchildren Gina (husband David Moak), Hannah Buffington (husband Brien), Adam Krause, Morgan Krause and Julianna Sanchez; great-granddaughter Lucca Maria Moak; and brother-in law Robert McDonald (wife Patricia). Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Peter, Sr. and Antoinette (nee Minute) and his brother Peter, Jr.

In lieu of flowers, family requests donations be made in memory of Joseph W. Nuccio to the International Union of Elevator Constructors Scholarship Fund: IUEC Scholarship Fund, 7154 Columbia Gateway Dr., Columbia, MD 21046 (501C3-Non-profit) or the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 74924, Cleveland, OH, 44194

Cremation by DeJohn Crematory. Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, May 25, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 6850 Mayfield Road, Gates Mills, OH 44040. Family will receive friends to pay tribute and celebrate the life of Joe at the church on Saturday morning from 9:00 – 10:00. Burial following the mass with military honors at Western Reserve Memorial Gardens and a celebratory luncheon. Arrangements by DeJohn Funeral Homes and Celebrations Center of Chesterland.



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  1. So sorry to hear of Uncle Joe’s passing. He was such an amazing positive constant in our family. Heart felt thoughts of comfort in this profoundly sad time.

  2. When we lose our loved one in death it is the most difficult time in our life. However there is loving comfort in Psalms 55:22 to throw a burden on God and he will sustain us. No matter what you are facing God is there to help you through it. Thoughts of peace.

  3. The most valuable currency we can use is gratitude. Thank you Joe for the blessing of your daughter Holly and your kindness to her family. We extend our deepest sympathy to the Nucio family. God bless.

  4. Rhonda and Bob McAnlis

    We are so sorry for your loss Cindy. Your dad sounds like a remarkable man which comes as no surprise. Our hearts are with you , Dale, Adam, Morgan and the rest of your family.

  5. Dale & Helen Bishop

    Kathy & Family,
    So very sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in the memory of happy times together.

    Worked with Joe a few times. Always remember his wonderful smile and sense of humor. Joe was a great guy and good friend.

  6. Kimberly Fordyce

    Uncle Joe was always ready with a great big bear hug and an amazing smile that would brighten any day. I have precious memories of Uncle Joe and Aunt Kathy dancing at the family events, they sure could cut a rug. He will forever live in my memories and my heart. Sending peace and love to Aunt Kathy and the whole family.

  7. Heartfelt condolences to the Nuccio family. I hope your good memories carry you through the difficult times.

  8. Bob & Terri Wolf
    What a guy, always there when you needed help with any projects around the house. Any tool you didn’t have go see Joe….he has it! Joe and Katherine are wonderful people who I’m proud to call my friends and neighbors.
    Joe will truly be missed.

  9. Larry Klawinski

    Jeff and Katherine,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the Nuccio family during this very difficult time. FedEx Flight Test

  10. Terry Isaacson

    Jeff and Katherine,
    I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Terry Isaacson

    • Doreen & Mike Heywood & Family

      They don’t make them like Joe anymore. Great guy, great husband & father. A true family man. Always a gentlemen & fun to be around. Hold your memories close in your hearts family. Love & prayers to Cindy,Dale,Jeff,David, Holly & Mrs. Nuccio. God Bless your beautiful family at this time.

  11. Deepest condolences to you and your family during this difficult time.

    Gerry Dupree

  12. Terrence Lee Horner

    Joe will be missed by all. A mentor and a good friend to all. His elevator knowledge was unprecedented and valuable to all, because he shared. He ran a beautiful building that was known throughout Otis to be the gold standard of maintenance and what we all should strive for. God Speed Joe, Say hello to Danny and Tom for me.
    Terrence Horner
    Service Superintendent
    Otis Elevator Compant

  13. My heart aches at the knowledge that the world has lost one of its greatest! The smile, the humor, the infamous twinkle of the eye, the family love, the artistry of his masterworks, the hospitable parties at the home, the love modeled to all who look upon as to how a family should live. … I could go on and on! I am blessed and honored to have been even a tiny part of such a life lived. My heart goes out to Aunt Kathy, Holly, Cindy, David & Jeff and all family who grieve this wonderful man. I would not miss out on bearing this burden with you and sharing this difficult time with you for anything!! Believe me when I say, To every rain shower there will one day be sun… To every heart break there will one day be a happiness… Psalm 73:26 says “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”
    Psalm 46:1 says “God is our refuge and strength, and He is our ever-present help in times of trouble.”
    Blessings to all and never forget to look for God’s little blessings around all the corners, even if the room is dark. I Pray for the peace that surpasses all understanding to come over you and surround you all at this time. Warmest regards, ~ Maria

  14. I am so sorry for your loss, Holly, Jules and Dan. I hope you find peace in these difficult times.

  15. Just a note to say I will miss Joe he was one of my life‘s pleasures for 50+ years Jimmy Ross

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