Charles “Joe” Vassallo, 87

Charles “Joe” Vassallo, 87, of Cherry Street, Emporium, died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012, at Christ the King Manor in DuBois.

He was born Nov. 22, 1925, in Emporium, a son of the late Charles and Rose Gennacaro Vassallo.

On Sept. 25, 1952, in Emporium, he married Mary A. Johnson, who passed
away April 28, 2003.

On July 31, 2004, in Brockway, he married Jeanne Krauss, who survives.

Mr. Vassallo was a veteran of two wars, having served during World War II for three years with the Merchant Marines and during the Korean War for 26 months with the U.S. Army.

A lifelong resident of Emporium, he was a 1943 graduate of Emporium High School and a 1948 graduate of Bryant & Stratton Business College in Buffalo, N.Y.

He was employed by Metropolitan Insurance as an agent in Emporium for 34 years.

He was a member of St. Mark Church in Emporium, as well as the Knights of Columbus and the American Legion, both in Emporium.

He was also a member and past treasurer of Emporium Country Club; member and past treasurer of Cameron County Vet’s Club for 10 years; a life member of VFW Post 6221 in Emporium; and past president of the local chapter of the American Cancer Society.

His hobbies included golfing, bowling and winemaking.

In addition to his wife, Jeanne, surviving relatives include two sons, William C. (Julie) Vassallo of Punxsutawney and Charles “Rick” (JoAn) Vassallo of Emporium; three daughters, Mary Jo (Patrick) Fiore of Altoona, Karen (James) Slusarick of Emporium and Kathy (Edward) Miller of Beaufort, N.C.; seven grandchildren; one great-grandson; two sisters, Caroline Drotos of San Francisco, Calif., and Clara Sarick of Emporium; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and first wife, he was preceded in death by a sister, Virginia MacDonald.

Visitation with a video tribute was held Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, at the Coppersmith-Condon Funeral Home, Emporium.

A Wake service was held Tuesday evening in the funeral home.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. today at St. Mark Church with Fr. Paul Siebert, pastor, officiating.

Interment will be at St. Mark Cemetery, Emporium.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Cameron County Cardiac Committee; the Cameron County Memorial Detail; or a charity of the donor’s choice.