Joseph F. Lionetta

Joseph F. Lionetta

June 21st, 1924 October 6th, 2019

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Obituary for Joseph F. Lionetta

LIONETTA, Joseph F., Lifelong resident of Arlington. Passed peacefully at the age of 95 on October 6, 2019 surrounded by his loving family. Beloved husband of 69 years to Anna L. (Belmonte). Loving son of the late Anthony Lionetta and Leticia (Della Russo). Devoted father of Debbie O’Brien and her husband Kevin of Arlington and Marcia Clark and her husband Fred of Lowell. Proud ‘Papa’ of Kerri Ferrante and her husband Joe, Courtney Giurleo and her husband Mike, Freddie and his wife Alyssa, and Joseph and his wife Katie. Adored great grandfather of Ava, Ellie, Olivia, Kyle, and Annabelle. Dear brother of the late Pasquale, John, William, Angelina Tirabassi, and Teresa Lionetta who passed on the same day. Also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, relatives, and special friend Patrick Brennan. Late WWII Navy Veteran. Funeral from the Keefe Funeral Home, 5 Chestnut St. ARLINGTON, Saturday at 10:30AM followed by a funeral mass celebrated in St. Eulalia Church, 50 Ridge St., Winchester at 11:30AM. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Visiting hours Friday 4 – 8PM. Services will conclude with burial and military honors at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Joe’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. For directions, or to leave a message of condolence, please visit

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  • Visitation

    Friday, October 11th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Keefe Funeral Home - Arlington
    5 Chestnut St.
    Arlington, MA
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    Friday, October 11th, 2019
    4:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Funeral Mass

    Saturday, October 12th, 2019 | 11:30am
    Saint Eulalia's Church
    50 Ridge Street
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    Saturday, October 12th, 2019
  • Interment

    Woodlawn Cemetery
    302 Elm Street
    Everett, Massachusetts
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Marjorie Petipas

Our sincere sympathy to Annie and family for the loss of a very special man. We always enjoyed spending time with Joe and Annie when visiting in Arlington. His stories were always special to Bob and me. He had such a loving relationship with Patti, Steve and Patrick and we considered them part of our family. Rest In Peace and know you will be missed.

Bob & Marge
Comment | Posted at 07:44pm via Condolence

Patti Brennan Sawtelle

Joe will be so missed. He had such a positive impact on our family and he brought us into your wonderful, loving family. Joe was Patrick’s best buddy. We have so many memories of Joe and Patrick playing trucks in the sandbox, planting flowers, or playing catch. They were lunch buddies and watched countless Disney shows together. As Patrick got older, they spent time talking sports, cars, and girls. Joe always had a story or wisdom for Patrick. We never left Joe’s house without a big hug and an “I love you” from him.

He loved his family and he was so proud of all of you, especially his favorite girl, Annie. Our hearts are heavy and we will miss Joe always, but we know he is at peace and looking over all of us. Joe, you are forever in our hearts.

Patti, Steve, and Patrick
Comment | Posted at 12:15pm via Condolence

James Gorman

Marcia, Fred, Anna and Debbie so sorry to learn of the loss of Joe. We know he will be sadly missed by all and the entire family. He is at peace and will surely look after you all. A donation will be made in his name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Although we cannot be with you please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Jim and Annette
Comment | Posted at 10:03am via Condolence

Paul Giurleo

Debbie, Kevin, Auntie Courtney, Kerry, Joey & rest of family,

Very sorry for the lost of your sweet, kind grandpa. Always a pleasure seeing him at family events. May he rest easy.


Pauly, Ella, Nicole & Paul Giurleo.
Comment | Posted at 06:37pm via Condolence

Chuck Bennett

Dear Anna, Debbie, Marcia and family: My deepest condolences on the loss of your beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend. Joe was a great guy with such a friendly caring nature. He always had a smile for everyone and was truly devoted to his family. He will be missed.

Chuck Bennett
Comment | Posted at 12:14pm via Condolence

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