Joseph Pace

October 28, 2021 - February 02, 2012


Joseph G. Pace, 97, dancing days on earth ended Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012. He had 66 years of dancing with his partner/wife, the late Dorothy Burton Pace. He was the father of Burton D. (Norma) Pace and Barbara Lee Pace. He is survived by six grandchildren, Sheri (John) Wood, Diane Blazier, Nina VanNoy, Joseph Pace (Kristine), Lynn (Jim) Napolitano and Mark Bracalielly; 11 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren. Joe was the first born son of Louise Ferrara and August Pace. He was one of 11 children. Surviving sisters are Jean Cej, Marylou Melcher and Rosalie Downs. Brothers surviving are Ted, Anthony and Gerry Pace. He was preceded in death by brothers, Eddie, Dodo (Julius), Bill and Ronnie. Joe lived seven decades on the North Side before moving to Bellevue for 12 years once his wife died; two years in Emsworth, and his final days were spent at Vincentian Regency Home in Allison Park. In 1941 he became an Iron Worker for Local No. 3. He was a Navy veteran of World War II – serving as an athletic instructor teaching judo and boxing at Georgia Tech. He will be greatly missed by family, ironworking buddies, his “dancing friends” from the Coraopolis Vets and the West View Fire Hall. He was dancing at least once a week until late 2009. He was the first one to offer you financial support, and never asked for it back! He was witty and well read and encapsulated a good sense of humor. He was greatly respected and loved by his family and his many friends he made throughout his long life. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and from noon to six p.m. Sunday at T.B. DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME, 806 Perry Highway, Ross Township. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 9:30 a.m. Monday in St. Peter’s Church, North Side. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Center for Dementia Research, 140 Old Orangeburg Road, Orangeburg, NY 10962, Attn: Ralph Nixon, MD.

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  • Richard BYRNES

    As a volunteer at Vincentian Regency, I was blessed to have gotten to know Joe during his stay there. He was great to have a conversation with and was always genuine,engaging,well read, interesting and pleasant. I looked forward to visiting with him every opportunity. The hospitality Joe displayed towards me , made me feel like a good friend of his in the short time I got to know him. We will miss him .

 

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