Joseph L. Donofrio

Born: Mon., Nov. 23, 1925
Died: Fri., Sep. 21, 2018


9:00 AM to 10:00 AM, Thu., Sep. 27, 2018
Location: St. Paul's Catholic Church

Funeral Mass

10:00 AM Thu., Sep. 27, 2018
Location: St. Paul's Catholic Church

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Joseph L. Donofrio, 92, of Erie passed away on Friday September 21, 2018 at Walnut Creek Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center. He was born November 23, 1925 to the late Michael and Mary Grace Donofrio.

He was a sales representative at Hiram Walker and later worked at Erie Beer Company. He served in the US Navy. He was in the battle of Iwo Jima! He saw the flag go up. He received a letter of Commendation from Admiral Hill and delivered personally by Marine General Holland Smith on the battlefield Blue Beach February 28, 1945. He loved his country. He's our hero. His wife, Joanne Donofrio. 
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son Michael Donofrio, and two brothers, Louis and John Donofrio.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Joanne (Piechocki) Donofrio, his son, Joseph Donofrio, Jr. of Erie, his granddaughter Kara Donofrio of Erie and several nieces and nephews. 
Relatives and friends are invited to call St. Paul's Catholic Church on Thursday September 27, 2018 from 9:00 until the time of mass at 10:00 AM. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. There will be full military honors. Arrangements are being handled by the Edward J. Garr Funeral Home Inc., 459 East 12th Street, Erie, PA 16503. Please send condolences to 

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Frances Somolani
   Posted Wed September 26, 2018
Sorry to hear about Joe's passing. Thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. Sorry I cannot make it to church in the morning.
Love, Fran

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