The Times West Virginian


April 11, 2013

Dr. Joseph Guido

Dr. Joseph Paul Guido, 88, of Millsboro, Del., formerly of Fairmont, died Monday (April 8, 2013) in Lewes, Del.

Dr. Guido was born April 14, 1924, in Monongah, the son of the late John and Rose Mary Maruka Guido.

Dr. Guido attended Grant Town Elementary School and Fairview High School, where he earned the Golden Horseshoe Award for his knowledge of West Virginia history.

Following his service in the U.S. Army, he attended Fairmont State College and the University of Maryland School of Dentistry, from which he graduated in 1951 with a doctorate of dental surgery.

He was a member of the Gorgas Odontological Society, the University of Maryland Honorary, the American Dental Association, the West Virginia Dental Association, Monongahela Valley Dental Association, the Marion County Dental Society and the Psi Omega Dental Fraternity.

He retired from his dental practice in 1986 and moved to Delaware to enjoy his retirement.

In his youth, he loved singing, especially in the church choir, and his barbershop quartet. He also enjoyed golf, fishing and boating and in recent years, he spent much time taking drives, reading and cheering for the West Virginia Mountaineers.

Dr. Guido served in the U.S. Army during World War II with the U.S. Coast Artillery and served 26 months in the European Theater of Operation. He served 34 months of active duty with the U.S. Army and 36 months of inactive reserve duty following World War II. He was discharged Jan. 5, 1946, from Fort George G. Meade, Md. Dr. Guido’s Army unit was awarded four bronze stars for their participation in the Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland and Central Europe battles and campaigns. He was a member of the American Legion Oak Orchard-Riverdale Post 28 in Millsboro, Del.

His devoted wife, Therese Patricia “Pat” Oles Guido, the love of his life, whom he married in Baltimore, Md., in 1951, survives him.

He also is survived by his five children, Joseph P. Guido II and Elizabeth “Bunny” of Fairmont, Dr. Bruce P. Guido of Ashtabula, Ohio, Gregory L. Guido of Eglon, Patricia L. Sell and Mark of Bluefield, Va., and John M. Guido and Katherine of Hurricane.

He was blessed with nine grandchildren, Craig Harrison Guido and wife Allison, Bruce Phillip Guido II and Laura Elise Guido, Franklin Joseph Sell, Therese Evelyn Jeans and husband Blake, Christin Rose Sell and fiance Neil Gaskill, Sophia Angela Sell and fiance Benjamin Bishop, John Michael Guido II and Christopher Mathew Guido; one great-grandson, Giovanni Quinn Guido; and one step-granddaughter, Joselyn Hammock.

He also is survived by one sister-in-law, Alice “Dolly” Guido.

In addition to his parents, he was preceed in death by his brother, Ross Guido; and his sister, Gloria Ann Forte, and her husband, Michael J. Forte.

Dr. Guido was a devout Roman Catholic who prayed the rosary daily. He was formerly a member of Holy Spirit Parish in Monongah and a current member of Mary Mother of Peace Parish in Millsboro, Del.

Friends may call at Ross Funeral Home, Fairmont Avenue, from 1-8 p.m. Friday. Solemn requiem Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at Holy Spirit Parish in Monongah with Father Steve Joseph as celebrant. Interment will follow at Mount Carmel Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

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