Joseph Gail (Joe) Alessi passed away on May 4, 2010 at his home after a lengthy battle with lung disease. He was born on July 9, 1934 in Galveston, Texas to Gail and Rose Alessi.
Joe’s family will receive visitors after 12:00 Noon, Saturday, May 8th, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. A memorial mass will be held at 3:00 pm Saturday at Sacred Heart with Father John Bok, OFM, as Celebrant.
Joe attended Galveston public schools and graduated from Ball High School in
1952 and during high school years he was a member of the ROTC and the Tornado Marching Band. He started working in his Father’s corner grocery store at the age
of twelve and after graduation worked at Jack Tar Hotel, Falstaff Brewery, Monsanto Chemical Co. and retired from the Sterling Chemical Co. Quality Control Lab in Texas City in 1997.
He was a member of St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church for 45 years and a member of the St. Peter’s Men’s Club. Four years ago moving to Santa Fe, TX, he became a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Hitchcock, TX. Also he was a member of the Ball High Tornette Booster Club (having spent many a night on the back seat bumping along chaperoning out-of-town games) and the Ball High Football Booster Club.
Joe coached girls softball in the Lassie League from 1967 until 1981 and led his team of 10-12 year olds to many city-wide championships and many First and Second Places in area tournaments. During this time he coached his own three daughters and many neighborhood girls, all of whom have many fond memories.
Joe always enjoyed having a good time with friends and truly enjoyed dancing. He could be found many nights in his young years wearing out the floor at the Pleasure Pier Marine Room dancing the night away. He also enjoyed the years he spent as a member of The Isle-A-Manders Square Dance Club.
Joe’s real passions in life were The Texas Longhorn Football Team, fishing and hunting. The Longhorns were more of an obsession. Fishing and hunting were sports he shared with great buddies and they know who they are. His greatest joys came later in life with his 5 grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his parents Gail and Rose Alessi, mother-in – law Kathryn Broussard, father-in-law Collis Broussard, and brother-in-law Frank Fertitta. He is survived by his wife of 53 yrs, Margie Broussard Alessi; his daughters Anita Prendergast, Kathi Ashy and husband Ron Ashy, and Karen Hart and husband, Tod Hart. Also, the precious stars in his life grandchildren Kari P. Long and husband Nicholas Long, Megan Turley and husband, Chad Turley, Stephanie Hart, Kathryn Ashy and Ty Hart; sisters-in-laws Vicki Fertitta and Cookie Arena and husband Joe Arena, and numerous other family relatives. Joe loved and cherished every vacation, beach house week and gathering spent with these loved ones.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Ronald J. Ashy, Tod R. Hart, Nicholas R. Long, Chad A.Turley, Frank J. Fertitta III, Lorenzo J. Fertitta, Joseph T. Arena Jr., and Brent Arena.
The family wishes to express loving thanks to Joe’s caregivers Jennifer Scott, Shanna Prejean, and Vicky Morris as they were truly his angels. Also, thanks to the friends who came to sit, sat, and watch TV with him.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Libbie’s Place Adult Service Scholarship Fund, 2803 53rd St., Galveston, TX 77551, or Hospice Care Team, Inc., 1708 N. Amburn Rd., Texas City, TX 77951.