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Joseph F. Zaffiro

Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014 at the age of 88. Beloved husband of Therese (nee Weil) for 59 yrs. Loving father of James (Louise), Richard (Eileen), Mary Homesly, Barbara (Dennis) Birkley, Joseph Jr. (Brenda), Patricia Zaffiro-George and Eileen (Don) Kean. Grandfather of Katie, Tanya, Andre, Emma, Simone, Brian, Randy, Lisa, Sarah, Dennis Jr., Christina, Brandon, Connor, Mitchell, Abbey and Ashley. Great-grandfather of David and Ruby. Brother of Frances Accomondo and John (Lucille) Zaffiro. Further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Special friend of Dan Ramsey. Visitation will be held Sunday, Jan. 5 at 2 PM at St. Mary’s Catholic Faith Community, 9520 W. Forest Home Ave., followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 3 PM. Private interment Mt. Olivet Cemetery.Joe was a proud decorated WWII Army veteran and recipient of the Bronze Star, Combat Infantry Badge and Purple Heart. In lieu of flowers, if desired, memorials to the St. Vincent DePaul Society of Milwaukee are suggested.


  • Thank God, you are at peace, free from all problems, and that you got to do it your way- no hospitals, no nursing homes, no lengthy last illness, no unfinished business. Looking forward to seeing you again, all in God’s time

    Your loving son,


  • Diane Weider says:

    I loved listening to your WWII stories. I am glad you are now at peace.


  • Patti Zaffiro-George says:

    You were the most loving father a child could ever ask for or hope to have in life. I know that it is selfish of me to say that I wish you could have stayed beyond the 88 wonderful years you already gave to your family and friends. It is a comfort to me now as I know that you are finally back in the gardening business again, doing what you loved most here on Earth. This time the flowers will never die, you will never have to water the grass, and your boss will always love your work. Dad, your spirit touched all of us and will live in our hearts until that perfect day when you will be there at the gates welcome us in to see your gardens and meet the boss. I love you and miss you Dad!


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