Joseph John Violanti, Sr., 79, of Chesterton, Ind., died Saturday, December
7, 2013 at his residence.
He was born September 26, 1934 in Clearfield, Penn., to Vincent and Elda (Carfley)
On October 27, 1954, he married the love of his life, Doris “Sis” L. Mains
in Buffalo, New York.
Joe is survived by his wife of 59 years, Sis; sister, Fannie Adamson of
Clearfield, Penn.; sons, Joseph, Jr. of Chesterton and Steve (Catey)
Violanti of Valparaiso, Ind., and two daughters, Sue (Cliff) Bunch of
Westville, Ind., and Rhonda (Greg) Doane of Valparaiso; son-in-law, Larry
(Lois) Johnson of Motley, Minn.; 12 grandchildren; Dawn (Chris) Molnar,
Chesterton; Amy Tucker, Westville; Josh Tucker, LaPorte, Ind.; Lisa
(Charlie) Johnson-Anderson and Kim (Charles) Johnson-Carlson, all of Motley,
Minn.; Lindsay Violanti, Chesterton; Jessica (Drew) Cibak, Chesterton; Matt,
Nick and Andrea Violanti, and Jay and Tyler Doane, all of Valparaiso; 14
great-grandchildren; Ben, Bethany, Brianna and Brett Molnar; Dayton, Camden,
Ashton and Waylen Anderson; Eli and Owen Carlson, Jacob and Joshua Hamilton,
Lily and Abby Cibak; and loving protector Abby.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his in-laws, Wayne and Geneva
Mains; sister, Teresa Rebsamen and daughter, Diane Violanti Johnson.
Joe served in the U.S. Marine’s from 1952-1955. After his discharge, he was
a carpenter in Pennsylvania and in 1964 he moved his family to Chesterton.
He was employed by Bethlehem Steel from 1964 until his retirement in 1995.
At that time he became the “handyman” for his son at McAfee Animal Hospital.
He was a member of the New Life Wesleyan Church in Chesterton, Ind. Joe
enjoyed golfing, fishing, hunting, bowling, and spending time with his
A Celebration of Life memorial service will be held Saturday, December 14,
2013, at New Life Wesleyan Church, 75 E. 1100 N., Chesterton, Ind., with
Pastor Allen Wright officiating.
Visitation with the family will be held at the church from 1 p.m. until the
time of service at 3 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association,
P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC, 20090-6011, or to New Life Wesleyan Church.
Arrangements are being handled by Edmonds and Evans Funeral Home. Online
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