May 9, 1934June 19, 2019

oseph “Big Joe” Carollo, 85, of Lakewood Ranch, Florida, died June 19, 2019 at his home. Born in Chicago, Illinois, on May 9, 1934, he and his wife of 57 years, Sharon, raised their three children in Oak Lawn, Illinois, where Joe worked as a mechanic for Ford his entire adult life. Upon retiring, Joe and Sharon moved to Bradenton, Florida, to be nearer to family and enjoy the beautiful weather.

With a huge appreciation for music and good cigars, and an ever-present smile on his face, Joe brought light to all who knew him. He was witty, fun and loved to laugh. He was a loving husband, a wonderful father and a devoted grandfather of four grandchildren.

Joe is pre-deceased by his parents, George and Lena Carollo; his brother, Santo (Pat) Carollo; and his sisters, Genevieve Piaskowy, Lena (Tim) Vaughn and Charlotte (Adolf) Simon. Mr. Carollo is survived by his loving wife, Sharon; his three sons Tom (Stacey) Carollo, Scott Carollo and Rick (Angelic) Carollo; his four grandchildren Joseph (Joey) Carollo, Nicholas (Nick) Carollo, Shelby Carollo and Brianna Carollo; and his brother-in-law, Wally Piaskowy.

A celebration of Joe’s life will take place Friday, June 28, at Robert Toale & Sons Funeral Home at Manasota Memorial Park, 1221 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton, FL., 34203. Visitation will begin at 4:00 p.m., followed by a memorial service at 5:00 p.m. The family requests that donations be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in lieu of flowers


  • Visitation Friday, June 28, 2019
  • Memorial Service Friday, June 28, 2019



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Stacey Carollo

June 25, 2019

Joe was ALWAYS smiling! He kept his face and heart light always, and shined that light on everyone around him. He was an awesome father, father-in-law, and grandfather. My kids adored him, loved to talk to him and hear stories from the past....which he told with a clever nod to humor. He will forever be cherished in our family as Nanu, and our world will not be the same without him. We love you, Nanu, and feel so blessed to have you in our hearts always. xoxo ~ Stacey