Joseph H. Parisi, 68, of Parker, formerly of Chicora, went home to heaven late Thursday evening, February 4, 2021, at West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh, while in the company of his loving wife and sister. Joe had fought a long and courageous battle with cancer.
Joseph was born in Butler on May 3, 1952. He was the son of the late Lewis A. and Patricia J. Collier Parisi.
He was a 1970 graduate of Karns City High School. In his earlier years, Joe had been employed at Pullman Standard in Butler, and later worked at the Parker Glass Plant and at WITCO in Petrolia. Joe retired from the custodial staff at Sugarcreek Elementary School in the Karns City Area School District. He was a longtime member of the Chicora Moose Lodge, a social member of the Parker VFW, and the American Legion post in West Sunbury. He was also a member of the Clarion County Rod and Gun Club in Knox.
Joe enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson, going to benefit events, and helping others. He also enjoyed the company of his family, many friends, and his German Shepard, “Trooper”. He was always looking forward to family picnics with his grandchildren. Joe also enjoyed hunting, fishing, and traveling with friends. When Joe would meet his friends, he was always awaiting their familiar refrain: “Is that you Joe?”
Joe is survived by his loving and caring wife, who was always there for him, Dixie Strauser Parisi; whom he married in Chicora on May 2, 2009; a son, Joseph Parisi and his wife Ursula, of East Brady; a daughter, Angela Parisi Smith and her husband, Tim, of Templeton; as well as a number of grandchildren, who were his pride and joy; a brother, Thomas D. Parisi and wife, Linda L., of Templeton; two sisters, Linda L. Livingston and her husband Robert, of The Villages, FL, and Karen D. McClanahan and her husband, Kerry J., of Chicora; five step-children, Dawn Frisbee and her husband Bennett, of Fenelton, Heather Nail and her husband, Dan, of Parker, Artie Miller and Becky, of Rimersburg, Michael Stewart, of Parker, and Lonny Stewart and his wife, Shannon, of Eau Claire. Also surviving are a number nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, and friends.
In addition to his parents, Joe was preceded in death by his first wife, Joyce Gershak Parisi, and his brother, Ronald L. Parisi.
Friends will be received at the Hile Funeral Home of Chicora, 339 Chicora-Fenelton Road, Chicora, from 3-6:45 p.m. Monday. The Loyal Order of the Moose will conduct a Memorial Service at 6:45 p.m., followed by a blessing service at 7 p.m.
Memorial contributions in Joe’s name may be made to The Mechling-Shakely Veteran’s Center, 1413 PA Rt. 268, Cowansville, PA 16218.
For more information or to send a condolence, please visit www.hilefh.com.