Joseph "Joe" A. Messineo Sr.
December 11, 1927 – August 27, 2019
Joseph A. Messineo, 91, of Popular Grove, IL, formerly of Chicago, was called home Tuesday, August 27, 2019, surrounded by his loving family. He was born December 11, 1927 in Chicago, the son of Salvatore and Margaret (Rotolo) Messineo. Joe married the love of his life, Marie Casaccio, on June 14, 1952 in Chicago. He was employed as a purchasing agent for many years. Joe was a devoted member of St. James Catholic Church, Belvidere, and Saint Pascal's Church, Chicago. He was a Chicago Cubs fanatic, but when he was drafted out of high school by the Chicago White Sox, he loved baseball so much he was even willing to play for the Southsiders, until an injury cut his minor league career short.
Joe enjoyed camping, puttering around the house, bowling and working outdoors. He also loved animals and had several neighborhood squirrels who visited him on a daily basis. He was known for his sense of humor, his teasing nature, and his ability to make people laugh. He MC'd a variety show for many years at St. Pascal's Church, an endeavor which involved the entire family. His signature song was, "Oh, Lord It's Hard to Be Humble," which he loved to serenade us with at every turn.
Joseph was the patriarch of the family who loved his wife, children and grandchildren and will be deeply missed.
Joe is survived by his wife of 67 years, Marie; children, Kathleen Messineo, Joseph (Tina) Messineo, Jr., Judith Messineo, Peggy (Rob) Czech, and Lori (Todd) Parker; grandchildren, Jeffry, Rebecca, Stefanie, Marty, Melanie, Matthew, Shelby and Luke; and great grandson Vinnie. He was preceded in death by his parents.
A memorial visitation will be held from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m.,Tuesday, September 3, 2019, at Sunset Funeral Home, 8800 N. Alpine Rd., Machesney Park, IL 61115. A Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at St. James Church, 402 Church Street, Belvidere, IL 61008, with Father John Dearhammer officiating.
Memorials may be made to the family for a memorial to be established at a later date. To share a condolence, please visit www.sunsetfhmemgardens.com.
- Joe is survived by his wife of 67 years, Marie; children, Kathleen Messineo, Joseph (Tina) Messineo, Jr., Judith Messineo, Peggy (Rob) Czech, and Lori (Todd) Parker; grandchildren, Jeffry, Rebecca, Stefanie, Marty, Melanie, Matthew, Shelby and Luke; and great grandson Vinnie. He was preceded in death by his parents.
- Celebration of Life Visitation Tuesday, September 3, 2019
- Celebration of Life Mass Wednesday, September 4, 2019
Joseph "Joe" A. Messineo Sr.
September 3, 2019
Mr. Messineo had that perpetual smile on his face, that look as if he was up to something fun. His kindness, his sense of humor, his love of family, his spark - they were the things I could always look forward to when seeing him. Thank you for being a dad to so many of us, we love you.
September 2, 2019
I am very sorry and sad to learn of Joe's passing. He was a good man. I have many memories of his kindness, strong ethics, love of family and other wonderful qualities. After fifty years he remains a role model to me. I am fortunate to have known him and grateful for the times, patience, and life lessons he shared with me. My deepest sympathies to Marie and all members of Joe's family. God bless all of you.
August 29, 2019
Joe one of the best people I had the pleasure to know. So sorry to hear this as I lived next door to him an his family and in my wife Janis M Prangl’s Mom and Fathers house. Then we moved into Candlewick only to be surprised to find Joe teaching swim lessons.
God Bless Joe, Marie and everyone left here.
BTW my wife Janis passed Sunday 8.26.2019 so they both have gone home.
RIP loved ones...
August 29, 2019
Dear Marie and Family,
We are sorry for your loss of Joe and we hold you in our thoughts and prayers. We remember him best for his great sense of humor and his endless love for his bride. We are thankful to have had him as part of our orchard family with Marie for so many years.
Angi Mell (Boin)
August 28, 2019
To the entire Messineo family,
I sat and read Joe's obituary with tears and a smile. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. I have so so many fond memories of him and your entire family from beloved days on Warwick. He was like a second parent to the Boin kids and we knew he would help us with anything we needed. I know Woodhaven was a special place to him and most of my memories are of him sharing that special place with us. My thoughts and love are with your entire family at this time. The Warwick gang is getting bigger and better in heaven.