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Giuseppe Ciccarello
Viewing: August 5, 2018 (Sunday) from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Service: August 6, 2018 (Monday) at 10:00 a.m.
Location: Holy Cross Catholic Church, 4900 Strathmore Avenue, Garrett Park, MD 20896

     Giuseppe “Joe” Ciccarello was born in Caulonia, Italy on January 30th, 1939.  Together with his parents Nicola and Caterina and his brothers Frank, Tony and Mario, Joe worked hard during his youth to help support their family.  Behind the cash register of the family “cantina” and delicatessen, Joe (in particular) spent many hours by his father’s side, looking and learning. 

     At the age of 22, Joe and his family came to America in search of a better future.  Despite the sudden death of their father, Joe and his brothers worked hard and were able to use their innate strength (also known as Calabrian stubbornness) to become business owners themselves.  Whether he was cutting hair with Mario in their Washington DC barber shop, rebuilding Volkswagens at “Enterprise,” the auto repair shop that Frank founded, or greeting customers as “Uncle Joe” at “The Rustic Oven,” the last of his business ventures, Joe was always surrounded by family and friends – in particular, his loving brothers and their wives, and the 9 nieces and nephews that were always happy when “Chi-Joe” was around.

     Throughout his life, Joe also enjoyed lots of hobbies. His favorites included making wine, fishing, hunting, playing Italian card games and dancing at the many Italian-American social functions that were held around Washington DC during his younger years.  One adventure involved building an old-fashioned hot rod car with a REALLY loud engine and a horn that played an off-key wedding tune from scratch.  Joe called it the “Dune-buggy” and his nieces and nephews LOVED when he drove them around in the car!

     Always a warm, loving, kind and generous person who loved being close with all his family and many friends, Joe treated his nieces and nephews as if they were his own children. A wonderful son, brother, brother-in-law, uncle and great-uncle, Joe was always there to support and help anyone that needed him.

A very special “thank you” to the doctors, nurses, therapists and nighttime aids that helped care for Joe during the years and to the very end.  Because of you, he was able to enjoy the company of loved ones and the comforts of home for his entire life – a true blessing! 

JOE:  THANK YOU FOR BEING WHO YOU WERE.  YOU LOVED EVERYBODY AND WERE WELL-LOVED.  WE ARE ALL GOING TO MISS YOU TREMENDOUSLY.

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