Joseph Anthony Famiglietti

Joseph Anthony Famiglietti, of Adams, Wisconsin, passed away on September 28, 2018, due to complications from Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. He was born July 28, 1931, to Anthony and Ruth (McClosky) Famiglietti of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Joseph was preceded in death by his parents, and most recently, his son Lee Familetti in July 2018.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Ruth (Battaglia); sister, MaryAnn (Ed) Oliva of Long Island, NY; children, Lynn (Robert) Rice of Adams; Scott (Dawn) Familetti of Adams; daughter-in-law, Gail Familetti of Marshfield, WI; seven grandchildren, Jessica (Chad) Zimmerman of Fuquay Varina, NC; Jason (Sarah) Familetti of Portage, WI; Adam and Hannah Rice of Adams; Nathan, Elizabeth and Brody Familetti of Adams; five great-grandchildren, Alexis and Mason Zimmerman of Fuquay Varina, NC; Ava and Joshua Scarberry of Adams, and Ashlyn Familetti of Portage.

Joe served 3 ½ years in the Army, including the Korean War from June 1950 to July 1951. He had several frightening experiences during this time, but was saved and protected through them all. He returned in August 1951 to Pennsylvania to marry his beloved. He began working for the Worldwide Church of God in Transportation Services assisting the building of meeting halls. The family moved to several locations during this time and ended up in Wisconsin Dells, WI in 1970. He worked for many well-known trucking companies including Dart, Shawano, Stafford and Supermarket Services. He found a career home at the Diesel Driving School in Sun Prairie, WI for many years. He was promoted to the Chief Driving Instructor and finished his career as a third party CDL Examiner for the State of Wisconsin. He took great pride in passing along his knowledge of trucking to many young men and women, but most of all, his two sons.

His deepest love, besides his family, was driving trucks. He was most comfortable behind a wheel. He and Ruth took their family on several trips across America seeing the beautiful countryside he fought so hard for. He took great pride in his country and could be seen frequently wearing a Bald Eagle belt buckle or American flag pin or hat.

Joe served his church with a smile and huge heart. He was ordained a Deacon and served faithfully in the Church of God since 1995. His church family was huge and he cherished them all. Joe rarely had a negative comment toward anyone. He could always be found sitting among friends telling stories. He will be greatly missed by many. We eagerly await the Resurrection when we will once again be laughing at his many jokes.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 am, with military honors to follow, on Saturday, October 13, 2018, at Roseberry’s Funeral Home in Friendship, WI. Pastor Dan Dowd will officiate. Visitation will be at 10:00 am until the time of service on Saturday at Roseberry’s Funeral Home.


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  1. Linda Falzone says:

    There aren’t enough words to express everything about this kind, loving man. He will be missed by so many people over a very long time in service our churches. We are all thankful for having him pass through our lives. Our love ? to Ruth and family…LOVE, Carl and Linda Falzone.

  2. Kay and Herb Theisen says:

    Sorry we never got to know our neighbor Joe better, we send our love to Ruth
    And all of his family.

  3. Jerry and Mary White says:

    Dear Ruth and family,
    I am so sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. He was such a good man! He had a big heart and a kind and gentle spirit that everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him were blessed by. He set a wonderful example of what loving Husband, Father and friend should look like.
    Thank you for all the kindnesses that you showed me and my family over all the years of friendship. Our love and prayers are with you all.

  4. Nancy Evans Budda says:

    Joe, Ruth and their family made a huge impact on my life. Their love and affection, as well as their strong faith, helped mold me into the person I am today. I can’t even begin to imagine what my life would be like if it weren’t for my second family. Praying for peace for all, and sending love, hugs and prayers. ❤

  5. T S Hoefker says:

    Memories flood through my mind of the many nights Gayle and I would be at “Root” and Joe’s joint after a wonderful Sabbath with our WD family! Will miss Joe! See you again our friend!
    -Scott and Gayle

  6. The Jacoby's says:

    Joe always had a welcoming heart. He was a man of God. His loving smile and heart will be missed by the many people he touched. His race is done he’s ready for the kingdom. God speed the day we see him again!

  7. Todd and Kathy Kroll says:

    So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Todd and Kathy Kroll.

  8. Steve N. says:

    To Ruth and all the family, We are very sorry to hear about our dear friends death. Joe was a dedicated man of God who was well loved and respected. His warm smile and positive attitude will be missed.

  9. Sonia Barthel-Gonzalez says:

    Another of our church pillars has run his race and is now resting. May the family find much comfort in the wonderful memories created in Joe’s life. We look forward to the day we will meet him again.

  10. Gordon Whitemarsh says:

    We are very sorry for your loss, prayers go out to the family.

  11. Ninita says:

    Prayers to the family I will miss Joe’s smiling face