The Times West Virginian


June 19, 2014

Joseph Saporito

Joseph “Joe” Saporito, 83, of Shinnston, departed this life Tuesday (June 17, 2014), at his home, enveloped in the love of his cherished wife, son and daughter.

He was born in Shinnston, on July 9, 1930, the eldest son of the late and much beloved Frank Saporito and Catherine Marino Saporito.

Joe is survived by his treasured and incomparable wife, Ida Marie Schneider Saporito, and their faithful pet Miss Kitty of Shinnston; his loquaciously gifted daughter, Mary Catherine Saporito, fiancé Harold and cat Callie of Baltimore, Maryland; and his charmingly sarcastic son, Frank Saporito, wife Melissa and daughters Amanda and Avery of Tiverton, Rhode Island. Joe is also survived by his devoted and resilient sister, Angeline Spino of Miami, Florida; his loving and steadfast brother-in-law, Ronnie Pulice and wife Linda of Shinnston; and his adoring and devout sister-in-law, Loretta Ann Martelli Saporito of Moundsville.

Joe will be deeply missed by his niece, Cathy Secreto and her son Nicholas of Clarksburg; nephew, Chris Pulice, wife Mitzi and children Marissa, Delaney Rose and Ben of Fairmont; and nephews, Tony and Michael Saporito of Moundsville.

In addition to his mother and father, Joe was preceded in death by his beloved siblings, sisters, Mary Frances Pulice and Christina Saporito, and brothers, Guy Saporito and James “Jimmy” Saporito.

A lover of animals, Joe had many pets throughout the years, and the following preceded him in death: Brownie, Apricot, Whiskers, Pippin and Boots. His longtime companions Pebbles and Seven are currently eating scraps from his plate after a nice dinner in heaven.

Retired from the Harrison County Board of Education Service Department, Joe also worked for the Shinnston Public Works & Utilities Division, Zeesing Zinc Plant and Roland Glass. He also previously served as a Shinnston City Council member.

Joe’s list of interests runs as long as his rants about the state of professional sports in America, but most notable is his membership in both the Knights of Columbus and in St. Ann’s Catholic Church, as well as his reverential participation in the Adoration Chapel in Shinnston. He also enjoyed tending his garden, spending time with his grandchildren, praying the rosary, telling bad jokes, watching every episode of “Law & Order” ever aired on television, listening to music, reading the newspaper and fiction thrillers, and watching (and unofficially “couch coaching”) the West Virginia University Mountaineer sports teams.

He was well-known for his quick wit and fantastic sense of humor, which he enjoyed sharing with basically everybody he ever met. Joe loved to spend time with his friends throughout the Shinnston area, and devoted many hours to discussing town happenings (a fancy word for gossip) with the good folks at the town bakery, Sunset-Ellis Restaurant and McDonald’s Coffee Club, among others.

The Saporito family would like to express special thanks to the staff of Amedisys Hospice Care, and to Lori Limberick and Mary Jo Elder for taking such good care of Joe and looking after his wife Ida.

Friends will be received at Harmer Funeral Home from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4-8 p.m. Friday, with holy rosary recited at 7:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Ann’s Catholic Church at 10 a.m. Saturday, with Father Tom Dagle officiating. Interment will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution may be made to Amedisys Hospice Care at 67 Casino Drive, Suite 102, Anmoore, WV 26323; or The Alzheimer’s Association at 225 North Michigan Ave., Suite 1700, Chicago, IL 60601.

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