Joseph E Talarico

August 15, 1929March 10, 2014

Joseph Eugene Talarico, 84, died at home in Hermantown, Monday, March 10 after a hard fought battle with cancer surrounded by his family. Born Aug. 15, 1929 to John and Mary Talarico, he attended Denfeld High School graduating in 1947. Joseph married Lillian Miller May 3, 1952. He served in the Army during the Korean War. Joe worked for many years at Hobart Sales and Service and retired from the DM and IR Railroad after 42 years as an engineer. He was also known as “Mr. Fix It” and lent a hand to whoever needed his expertise. He was a member of Hillside Methodist Church, thank you Pastor Sam Kautz for your visits and prayers. He was an avid bowler for many years and belonged to the Italian American Club, VFW Post 137, American Legion Post 71, Raleigh Street Breakfast Club, and the Railroad Retirees. He also enjoyed playing cribbage with the Mon. and Thurs. group at the VFW. Joe is preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Mary Johnson and Clara DeScisio, and sister-in-law, Ruth Holter. He is survived by his wife of 61years Lillian; sons, Jay (Janet Rogers), Alan (Teresa); daughter Beth (Ron) Kraml; his pride and joys, three grandchildren, Jennifer (Tom) Collard, Brian Kraml, and Thomas Talarico; brothers, Angelo and Bud Talarico; nephews and nieces. The family would like to thank Drs. Goueli, Finken, Popham and their staffs, Dr. Repka (Ret.), St. Luke’s Hospice for their care, and many friends for their prayers. At Joe’s request, no funeral will be held. Please leave a memory of Joe or words of support for the family at


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March 25, 2014

Joe Talerico put a capitol "G" on the word "gentleman". He was such a pleasant and caring soul. Joe always had a kind word for everyone and everyone had a kind word for him in return. He was so much a part of the V.F.W. Cribbage Family and is sorely missed. My sincere condolences to his wife and family.

Amber Rogers and Matt Runion

March 19, 2014

Jay, Alan and Family,

We are so sorry to hear of your father's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

March 18, 2014

We are so sorry for your great loss. Joe was a very special man. You have all suffered through a long and difficult time. May God grant you His comfort and peace.

Raymond and Marilyn Gockowski

March 17, 2014

My most heartfelt sympathy to you and your family. I have so many great memories of our visits at the WD Legion at Monday night dinners! May your memories help sustain you during this sad time.
Roberta Otto

March 16, 2014

The family of Donald Gunderson wishes to express its sympathy to the Talarico family for the loss of Joe. Don will sorely miss his childhood friend, fishing and dancing buddy, and in recent years fellow member of the Raleigh Street breakfast gang. May God comfort you in this difficult time.

Donald Gunderson & Family

March 15, 2014

hey there Al . . . sorry to hear about the passing of your father. you have been in my thoughts and prayers. I stopped by the lumber yard on Friday to visit, but you were gone to a job-site. hang in there buddy. i'll stop and see you next time I am in town. Bartman

Vicky Campbell

March 13, 2014

Jay, Al & Family, Sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. May every day get easier to get through with each others support. In the years that I worked with you, I could tell that you are a close family. (No matter what Jay does, Haha.) We wish you the best always. Prayers and our thoughts are with you all. Love, Vicky and Steve Campbell

March 12, 2014

Alan and family, I want to say how sorry I was to read about your dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Bridgit Dougherty Janzig

March 12, 2014

Our condolences! We are so glad we got to visit with both of you at Marlene Royseths's visitation. Many happy memories as the six of us (with Dor & Len) went dining & dancing!
Love, Bob & Shar Wheeler

Keith & Nancy Maunu

March 12, 2014

May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.