Joseph John Fichera, 86, of Galveston, died peacefully in his sleep on Saturday, March 29, 2008, at Concord Homes Assisted Living Facility in Galveston. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle, brother-in-law, friend, and cousin.
Joseph John Fichera
Malloy and Son Funeral Home
Funeral Mass will be 10:00 am, Thursday, April 3rd, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Niall Nolan as Celebrant. Entombment will follow the service at Lakeview Cemetery.
The family will receive visitors after 5:00 pm, Wednesday, April 2nd, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. A rosary will be held at 7:00 pm.
Joseph was born November 22, 1921, in Apalachicola, Florida. He served his country proudly in the US Army during World War II, having been in combat at the Battle of the Bulge, Normandy and Germany. Joe married Tina on July 4, 1946, and worked hard to raise a family he was proud of. He retired from Farmers Marine Copper Works after working as a boilermaker helper for over 25 years. Joe was an honorary life member of the Knights of Columbus #787, a member of Sacred Heart Church, and also a member of the Italian American Association, where he enjoyed cooking and volunteering. He was the official weather man for the family.
Joe’s favorite pastimes included going camping, eating dessert, playing cards, and watching baseball. But his family was the center of his life. He loved his wife very much, and Joe and Tina were always together. Joe was a wonderful, patient husband who loved unconditionally. He loved all his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, his many nieces and nephews, and his in-laws. Joe always looked forward to their visits. God decided to watch over all of us, He wanted Joe in heaven.
Joe will be remembered for his loyalty to family and friends. He was well respected and never said no when asked for help. His kindness, his deep religious faith, his wonderful sense of humor, and his giving heart will live on in all who knew him.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Rosa and Guiseppe Fichera; sister, Annie Patane Valastro; brother, Camillo Fichera; and sister, Mary Castorina.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Tina Fichera; son, Joseph A. Fichera; daughters, Rose Powley and husband, Ross, of Dripping Springs, TX; and Freda Apgar and husband, Phil, of Flower Mound, TX; sisters-in-law, Grace Conti, Mrs. Lucia Fichera, and Grace Lofaro and husband, Buster; brother, Angelo Fichera, of Apalachicola, FL; and Al Fichera and companion Hallie Bennett, of Galveston; grandchildren: Joseph Fichera Parker, Staff Sgt. Christopher Apgar, USMC, Bradley Apgar, and Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Apgar, US Navy; grandpets: Bess Powley and Shelby Apgar; great grandchildren: Hannah Apgar, Brendon Apgar, Tristan Apgar, Ashlyn Apgar, and Keely Apgar; inherited great granddaughter, Skylar Stack; and numerous nieces, nephews, the Pokeno gang, and cousins.
Pallbearers will be Christopher Apgar, Michael Apgar, Bradley Apgar, Joe Patane, Nat Conti, Alfio Lofaro, Sammy Lofaro, Sebastian Lofaro, Jr., Joseph Conti, Joe Scherer, Johnny Lofaro, and Buster Fichera.
Honorary pallbearers will be Lou Ramagli, PhD, Al Fichera, Robert Cordova, Buster Lofaro, Johnny Conti, Charlie Fitzgerald, Johnny D’Ambra, and Joe Grillo.
The family wishes to extend special thanks to our aunt, Grace Conti and her son, Joseph Conti; uncle, Buster Lofaro; aunt, Grace Lofaro; uncle, Al Fichera; and special cousin, Tina Arcidiacono, for all their help and support, as well as Erica and Judy and all the staff of Concord Homes for their care.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, any charitable Veterans organization, or the charity of your choice.