Thursday, January 23, 2014

Obituary: Joseph J. Masino, Jr.

MADISON  - Joseph J. Masino Jr.  [age  99] passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. He was born in Madison on Aug. 4, 1914, to Joseph and Josephine Maisano. He grew up in the Greenbush and attended Central High School. He was a World War II veteran, having served with the U.S. Air Force. On Aug. 16, 1941, he was united in marriage to Anna "Vi" Mueller of Darlington. Joe was proud to be 99 years old and the oldest member of the Italian Workman's Club. He worked for the City of Madison for 29 years and refereed and umpired for the Home Talent League. Joe is survived by his loving wife, Vi, of 73 years; daughters, Mary (Bill) Becker of Golden, Colo., Gina (Mike Halvorsen) of Madison, and Leslie (Scott) Steeno of Aruba; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; son-in-law, Dave Johnson of Madison; and brothers, Richard Masino of Prairie du Chien, and Sam Masino of Florida. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Nikki Johnson; granddaughter, Michaelyn Meinholz; and sisters, Jenny Masino and Mary Parisi. A Memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, at GOOD SHEPHERD CATHOLIC PARISH AT ST. JAMES CHURCH, 1204 St. James Court, Madison, with Monsignor Tom Baxter presiding. Family will greet friends one hour prior to Mass. A special thank you to Holly Hanson, the staff of Meriter, Heartland Hospice, and the caregivers of Heritage Assisted Living of Middleton for all their support.

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on January 23, 2014. Submitted by Michael Vahldieck (Class of 1968).

1 comment:

Doug Strand said...

One of the last things that I did before moving from Madison was umpiring Home Talent baseball and Joe was my last partner. We had some great times. To me he is most noted for coaching St. Joseph's grade school basketball team in the 1950s and early sixtys. I played against him then for Madison Lutheran, but I will always remember his great "discussions" with some of his players, e.g. Jack Troia and Charley Tortorici whom he often called "Tortice". REST IN PEACE MY FRIEND!