Joseph A. Palumbo

April 16, 1927December 9, 2012

Joseph Anthony Palumbo passed away peacefully on Dec 9, 2012 with his family by his side. He was born April 16, 1927 in Monaca, PA. He was very proud of his military service and was a WWII and Korean Navy veteran. He was a graduate of Arizona State University, and an avid Sun Devil football fan. He was a dedicated teacher and coach at Palo Verde Elementary School, where he retired after 31 years of service. He served as a volunteer fireman for the Palo Verde Volunteer Fire Department. He was a licensed HAM radio operator and participated in the Broadway Consumers and Navy MARS Radio System for many years. Joe was a devout Catholic, which led him to become a 4th Degree Knights’ of Columbus. He was a devoted father and grandfather who always provided for his family and cared deeply for his friends. He is survived by his wife, Joan M. Palumbo of 58 years, his sons Joe E. Palumbo, John (Kris) Palumbo, Jim Palumbo, and Jeff Palumbo; grandchildren, Michael and Rachel Palumbo; and sister Francis (Herb) Davis. He was preceded in death by his father Guiseppe Palumbo, mother Amalia Palumbo, and brothers John and Bill Palumbo. Visitation will be held from 5-8 pm with a rosary at 6:30 pm, Wednesday, Dec 12 at the Chapel of the Chimes Mortuary, 7924 N. 59th Ave, Glendale, AZ. The Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, Dec 13 at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 3140 N. 51st Ave, Phoenix, AZ. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, 10045 W. Thomas Rd, Avondale, AZ. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the American Cancer Society and The Hospice of Arizona.


  • Visitation Wednesday, December 12, 2012
  • Funeral Service Thursday, December 13, 2012

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Roxanna Duncan (Moore)

January 4, 2014

Hard to believe in 4 more days that Mr. Palumbo will be gone 1 year.
I still remember him calling his students "koochiekoos".
You are missed Mr. Palumbo :*(

Suzanne Fornes Accomazzo-Crouse

January 9, 2013

Dear Joanie and Boys,
Please acccept our Deapest Sympathy with Joe's passing. A finer man you couldn't have asked for. He taught us honesty, morality and Love. He truly loved his students and their families, and they loved him.
Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you in this most difficult time. May The Dear Lord give you strenght.
No doubt Joe is in Heaven with our Tara, solving math problems:)
Suzanne and the Accomazzo Children

December 14, 2012

I was a student of Mr. Palumbo in 7th and 8th grade at Palo Verde School. My whole summary of my wonderful school days can be said in two names; the Palumbos and the Joslins. I have told my kids and grandkids of my school days at Palo Verde. The work Mr. Palumbo put into building the sets for the talent shows, the 7/8th grade banquets theme scenes, the stage scenes for the annual play, etc. I always remember his sayings: "what's good for the goose is good for the gander", "birds of a feather flock together"; and years later I finally learned what "primadona" meant. I feel I am a good person because of what I learned at Palo Verde from caring educators like Mr. Palumbo. He was also a good coach. My brothers and sisters also remember him. God bless you all.

mary jane scassa fischer

December 14, 2012

I knew Joe from early childhood in Monaca. His mother and father were dear friends to my parents, Domenic and Mary Scassa. Joe and his family lived on Pacific Avenue near the SOI hall. It always was fun to go and visit there with the Palumbo family. We ran into to Joe and his wife in Disneyland one year when our family had come to Arizona for a family visit with me. God bless you and your family and keep you all in his care.
Mary Jane Scassa Fischer, linda Scassa calkins, Ozzie Scassa and Phil Scassa.

Harry Simpson

December 14, 2012

I remember Joe from Palo Verde School in the 1960's and early 1970's. He and his family lived on campus and he was always around the softball games that were played in the summer there. He was one of the good guys and a pleasure to be around. We shared a lot of laughter.

Please accept my deepest sympathy.

Fair winds and following seas sailor.

Thank you for your service to this nation.

Roxanna (Moore) Duncan

December 14, 2012

My thoughts are with you and your family. Mr. Palumbo was my teacher in 8th grade back in 1977/1978. Loved how he called everyone "koochie koos". He was a wonderful teacher and will be missed by all.

Ric Torres

December 14, 2012

My symphathy goes out to the Palumbo family...may the lord give you the strenghth to get thru this great loss Mr.Palumbo was a great teacher and friend he will foever be remembered by all those he taught. I was one of those student Rick Torres bka. Ricky.

December 14, 2012

Joanie Minderman!! So sorry to hear of Joe's passing. Have never forgotten the kindness you and Joe showed our family when Clyde was in the hospital.
May your faith help you thru this difficult time.
Much love from Marge Millam Babbitt

Julie (Jeardoe)Veatch

December 13, 2012

Joanie & sorry for your loss.
We have some special memories of rodeos and spaghetti dinners.
Gene & Gerry Jeardoe and daughters Julie & Janet

Sylvia (Gomez) Sierra

December 13, 2012

My prayers go out to the Family. Mr Palumbo will be remembered by all of his students, whose lives he touched. God Bless....