Joseph A. Ruisi

October 4, 1936March 10, 2019

Little River

Joseph Angelo Ruisi, 82, died March 10, 2019 at home surrounded by his loving family.

Born on October 4, 1936 in Buffalo, NY, he was the son of Rose F. DiJohn Finnegan and the late Angelo Ruisi.

Joseph worked for Lutheran Brotherhood for 27 years. Post retirement, he was the Editorial Cartoonist for the Myrtle Beach Herald. He was a Deacon and worship leader at Risen Christ Lutheran Church and Intern Chaplain for McLeod Hospital System. He loved singing and playing guitar and was especially known for his amazing spaghetti sauce.

Survivors include his wife of 27 years, Cynthia A. Smith Ruisi; two sons, Joseph A. Ruisi, II and Douglas Ruisi; three daughters, Debra C. Zaccagnino, Roberta Shafer, and Jennifer Ruisi; two stepchildren, Ryan Speigle and Stacy Speigle; two brothers, Kenneth and Bruce Ruisi; three sisters, Cyndi Wilisch, Sheila Watson and Teri Hamblen; seven grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and special nieces Ashley Sousa and Kelly Tooker. He is predeceased by two brothers, Angelo Ruisi and Ronnie Finnegan; and two sisters, Angela Ruisi and Cathy Guerin.

A memorial service will be held at 2 pm on Sunday, March 31, 2019 at Risen Christ Lutheran Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Risen Christ Lutheran Church, 10595 Hwy 17 N. @ Briarcliffe, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572 or Lower Cape Fear Hospice/Mercy Care, 955 Mercy Lane, Bolivia, NC 28422.

A guestbook is available at

Lee Funeral Home & Crematory of Little River/North Myrtle Beach is serving the family.


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