Joseph A. Sproviero 1928-2021

CANFIELD — Joseph Anthony Sproviero, 92, passed away peacefully Sunday, June 6, 2021, at Windsor House in Canfield.

Joseph was born Sept. 24, 1928, in Girard, the son of Samuel and Mary Moliterno Sproviero. A 1946 graduate of Girard High School, he spent three years in the military with the 4th infantry division in Germany.

After leaving the Army, Joe was employed by the W.T. Grant Company for 18 years, mainly as a store manager at many locations in Ohio and Pennsylvania. It was there that Joe met his future wife, Marge Draghita; they were married June 11, 1955.

In 1970, Joe returned permanently to Girard as a factory sales rep (Industrial Products Division) for the ZEP MFG CO., before retiring in 2002. Joe was a member of the Girard Knights of Columbus Lodge and St. Rose Church. Joe and Marge enjoyed many vacations together; Estes Park, Colo., Skyline Drive and Las Vegas were a few of their favorite destinations. But most of all, Joe’s greatest joy was his family. He was a proud father and grandfather who relished every opportunity at holidays, birthdays and other gatherings to get everyone together.

Joe was a big sports fan (and it wasn’t uncommon for him to have a wager on the outcome of games!). Football, baseball and golf were among his favorites. One great memory was playing 18 holes of golf with Masters Champion Fred Couples.

But most important of all, Joe was a soft-spoken, kind and generous husband, father and friend, who always put the needs of others ahead of his own. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

Joe will always be remembered lovingly by his three sons, Joseph (Diane) of Cortland, John of Westlake and Ed of Girard; as well as his granddaughter, Angela; and many cousins.

In addition to his parents, Joe was preceded in death by his wife, Marge; sister, Angie; brother- and sisters-in-law, Annie and Al Edmonds, and Eleanor and Louis Rivello; and his stepmother, Lena.

The family would like to thank Annette Lastoria and Windsor House for their special love and care.

A private memorial service was held Thursday, June 10, 2021. Any memorial contributions can be made to St. Rose School or Church at 48 W. Main St., Girard, OH 44420.

Visit www.blackstonefuneralhome.com to view this obituary and to send any expressions of sympathy to the Sproviero family.

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