Joseph "Joey" A. Almerico, D.D.S.

July 28, 1936May 8, 2019

Joseph “Joey” A. Almerico, DDS passed away while returning home from an annual cross country motorcycle trip to California on May 8, 2019 at the age of 82 years young.

Survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Katherine Philibert Almerico, and his children, Josann A. Valley, Mark S. Almerico (Judi), Michael J. Almerico (Shannon), Karin A. Almerico, and Mary B. Almerico, eight grandchildren, two great grandchildren, his brother Don A. Almerico, numerous nieces and nephews, and a large extended family of close dear friends.He was pre-deceased by his parents Anthony A. Almerico, DDS and Esther S. Almerico.

Joey graduated from Jesuit High School, Loyola University, and received his dental degree from Loyola Dental School in 1959. Upon graduation from dental school, Joey was commissioned as a naval officer and proudly served in the Camp Pendleton Dental Corps, where he was attached to the Marines. After completing his military service, he returned home to Norco, Louisiana to join his father’s dental practice where he practiced dentistry for 35 years. Joey began his second act when he retired and moved to Folsom. Joey’s love of physical work and his knowledge of all things mechanical were on constant display as he transformed an overgrown pasture into a beautiful sanctuary for both man and beast. Joey was never one to sit still. Since age 11, he was an avid motorcyclist, competitive at handball and racketball, and enjoyed fishing and fitness. More than anything though, he enjoyed being with and spending time with his numerous, wonderful friends. Joey’s warmth, wisdom and wit were always present, sought by many and generously dispensed. He radiated a special happiness which infected all that he encountered. Spending time with Joey was a joy. However, his greatest gift was his laughter-always uplifting and treasured by everyone fortunate enough to spend time with him. For so many people of all ages, descriptions and walks of life, Joey gave new meaning to the concept of having a friend. For all who knew him, a light has gone out of our lives. He will be missed more than words can express by all those who knew and loved him.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a funeral mass on Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel of Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd., New Orleans. Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. and a graveside service will follow the mass at Metairie Cemetery.

In lieu flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,


  • Visitation Thursday, May 16, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Thursday, May 16, 2019


Joseph "Joey" A. Almerico, D.D.S.

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Mary Battaglia

May 16, 2019

Karin, Mary Beth, Jossan, Kit and all the Almerico family--I am sorry for the loss of your father, and Kit of your husband. You all are in my thoughts.

stephen johns

May 16, 2019

Kit ( Katherine)
I had the privilege of being part of Joey's extended family for 15 years , celebrating life in the home in Norco, the fishing camp in Cocodrie, and the home on the northshore. I marvelled at his work ethic ,and was jealous of his zest for life ,ability to plan for /and enjoy retirement.
"sorry for your loss" does not begin to express my sympathy nor does it help with your empty heart , but I truly am sorry.
Kit,you will always be part of my extended family ,
With love
Stephen Johns MD

Dr. J. Skelly Kreller

May 15, 2019

Karin and Mary, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your dad.

Ivan Bank

May 14, 2019

It is with great shock and sadness that I have heard of the news of Joey's passing. He was my dentist and good friend for many years and I was always amazed how young this man remained both mentally and physically. Joeys' wonderful wife Kit is in my prayers as I write this message. Every time I have spoken with Kit she marveled at how Joey excelled at everything in life. I truly admire both of these wonderful humans. I will miss Joey and I am in pain for Kit and the rest of the family. Love to all. Ivan Bank, Dallas, TX

Jill (Lukes) Williams

May 14, 2019

I am so sorry to learn of Dr. Almerico's passing. I had bad teeth as a child and although I hated getting my teeth worked on, I loved seeing the Doc - he was always smiling and so kind. Everyone in his office radiated the same. Being good friends with Josann I was always at his home and always welcomed with a smile. I think of that wonderful time often and will cherish those memories forever! Love you all, Jill

Melanie Miller-White

May 14, 2019

My first job in high school was being a dental assistant with Dr. Almerico! He hired me knowing nothing and taught me how to assist him! My prayers for his family today!

Joelle Bergeron Aiple

May 13, 2019

Dear Family of Uncle Joey,
Roger and I want to express how sorry we are for your loss.
You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Joelle and Roger Aiple

David Bergeron

May 13, 2019

Dear Cousins, Our thoughts & prayers are with family & friends of Uncle Joey. Fond memories of our Norco days. Take care. David & Lisa Bergeron

Patty Palmer

May 13, 2019

I'm so saddened to learn this news. Dr. Joey was such a wonderful man, father and husband. So many fond memories come to mind, when we were young. Sending my love and prayers to all during this difficult time. I'm sorry that can't attend the service, as I'll be out of town.
Much love,
Patty Palmer

Annie Harmon

May 13, 2019

Went to the dentist Monday morning and always remember Dr. Joey when I cross the threshold. Was never sad to go to the dentist. He was always smiling and cheery. To Joey's children, my sincere condolences. He was an awesome man and dentist.