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Died: Fri., Dec. 30, 2011

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Joseph Guarino, of Wallingford, Connecticut died Friday, December 30, 2011 at Masonicare after a brief illness. Born in New Haven, Connecticut on December 25, 1911 to Maria Antonia Paduela and Ferdinand Guarino, Joseph was one of seven children.  He was predeceased by his former wife Jennie Dewey Guarino.He was a talented artist who enjoyed drawing Disney characters, American eagles, and Betty Boop. Joseph had a passion for roller skating and he taught roller dancing until he was 92 when he gave up his driver's license.Joseph grew up in New Haven and attended Commercial High School.  He and his brothers worked for the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad.  It was there he learned the welding trade.  He continued to develop this trade while working with the Connecticut Company and Bridgeport Brass.He enlisted in the Army in February, 1942 and was assigned to Service Company 77 1st Tank Battalion.  He was sent to serve in Europe, where he was assigned to serve under General George S. Patton, expertly welding and repairing tanks under the General's command. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge, earned Good Conduct/Victory Medals and MET Campaign/American Theater Campaign Ribbons.  Joseph served in Rhineland, Ardennes, Germany, France, Belgium, Holland, and England.  He clearly and proudly stated "I served three years, nine months and twenty-one days." He was honorably discharged on December 8, 1945. Joseph also served 12 years of National Guard Duty.Joseph continued his work as a welder 1st class for more than 20 years for Olin Winchester and New Haven Testing Laboratory.  The following ten years he served as a State of Connecticut Building Inspector.He was a Freemason and member of Wooster Lodge #79, AF & AM in New Haven where he served as Master in 1976.  Joseph was predeceased by his parents and siblings: Anthony Guarino (Genevieve), Pasquale Guarino (Sandella), Mary Considine (James), Domenic Guarino (Victoria),  Rose Borzillo (Anthony) and Mary Munz  (Joseph).

He is survived by fourteen nieces and nephews and several great-nieces and great-nephews. Joseph's family and friends honored him on November 6, 2011 for his service as a veteran and an early 100th birthday.  Joseph received special citations from Secretary of State Denise Merrill, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, and Senator Richard Blumenthal.

The family expresses gratitude to everyone on Ramage 4 of  Masonicare, Wallingford, CT for providing loving and compassionate care to Joseph.  His life at Masonicare was blessed with exceptional care and enduring friendships.

The funeral service will be held at 11:00 on January 3, 2012 at Beaverdale Memorial Park in Hamden. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Masonicare, 22 Masonic Avenue, Wallingford, CT  06492.

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Noreen Schmidt
   Posted Mon January 02, 2012
I was extremely fortunate to have gotten to know Joe for the last 4 years while he was at Masonicare and on Ramage 4. I am the Recreation Director for Ramage 4 and he had become our "Patriarch" for the unit and is missed more than words could ever express. He made such an impact on all the lives that he touched. Joe and I became so close to the point where I was calling him my grandfather. His smile and laughter was contagious. Anytime I was having a bad day, "Grandpa Joe" would make it all better. Joe was always so considerate to and expressed gratitude for all that others would do for him. He would write out cards for me/staff all the time and would say he loved me. Joe has given me some of his art work (especially the eagle which is hanging in my office) and his rollerskating jacket. He had many friends on the unit and was extremely close with myself, Betty Naylor, and Kathy Mendillo. Joe was so special to us and I am a better woman for having to know him.

Deborah Broadley
   Posted Mon January 02, 2012
I had the honor of being one of Mr. Guarino's primary care providers for the past 2 1/2 years. (He always told me to call him Joe but that seemed disrespectful!). He was a wonderful, kind, humorous, and thoughtful man. Like Noreen, I am priviledged to have many cards from him. I will greatly miss him, his booming gravel-like voice, and genuine heart-warming smile. His passing has left a void on Ramage 4 that will not easily be filled. Thank you to the Guarino family to sharing him with us.May you find comfort in the love and support Masonicare extends to you during this difficult time.

Bob Schmidt
   Posted Mon January 02, 2012
My daughter Noreen introduced me to Joe a number of years ago. At the time I was unemployed and would go over to visit her at Masonic and she introduced me to Joe. He was such a sweet, positive, caring, and affable man. Noreen would always tell me that Joe was always asking about me and how I was doing.
It was such a pleasure to meet and know Joe. When I visited Joe in his recent hospital stay, I was lucky to be with him and have him tell me his various life events, including his military service overseas.
He was a very special man who I will always remember!!!

Chris Monagle
   Posted Tue January 03, 2012
My condolences to all his family and friends, I know he will be missed.
I did not know Great Uncle Joe well, only meeting him a few times when I was much younger, but heard a lot about him, his outgoingness, and his zest for life, from my grandparents, Anthony and Rose (Guarino) Borzillo.
My Respects, With Sympathy.
Chris Monagle

Kathy Mendillo
   Posted Tue January 03, 2012
There are so many people that cross my path every day, but there is one special person my dearl Joe "Pasta Fagioli" who brought such joy and happiness every moment. You had a way of touching peoples lives all the time. You made by days brighter and you were a wonderful gift to me. I know that Noreen, Betty and myself will cherish youforever and never forget how dear you were to us. MISS YOU Joe-Joe "Pasta Fagioli".

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