Giuseppe Bilotta, 91, loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather went home to be with the Lord 8/15/2022. Born in San Vito sullo Ionio Catanzaro, Italy on 7/7/1931. Joe married his loving wife Maria on December 1st 1956. They left Italy in 1958 to start their family in Toronto, Canada then in 1971 moved to Akron, Ohio. Joe was such a hard working man who always put the needs of his family first. He spent many years in the construction industry in Toronto and Akron having spent over 50 yrs in the laborers international union of North America local 894. He also had his own lawn care business. Joe enjoyed working in the garden, starting the fire for grilling with the family and sneaking treats to the family dogs. Joe also enjoyed passing down his many talents and traditions especially making homemade pasta sauce, soppressata and sausage. Joe loved traveling and visiting his family that live all over the world. He has passed down so many life and work skills that we will all cherish and remember forever. His beautiful smile will live in our hearts for eternity.
Joe is preceded in death by daughter Francesca (Bilotta) McManigal, loving wife Maria Bilotta brothers Vincenzo, Vito and Ottavio, sisters Maria, Francesca, Catarina and Bettina. He is survived by his sister, Immaculata, brother, Nicola, children Fernando (Shellie) Bilotta, Joe (Carla) Bilotta, Antoinette (Mike) Starkey, Billy (Cheri) McManigal; grandchildren Giuseppe (Andrea) Bilotta, Julia Bilotta; great grandchildren Bella and Sophia McManigal, Logan and Gabrielle Starkey, and long time companion Shirley Marko. Also left behind are many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, grand-nephews, cousins and friends. Special thank you to Brookdale Hospice for all the support and care.
Family and Friends will be received Friday 8/19 from 5-8 pm at Hennessy Funeral Home 552 N. Main St. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 am, Saturday 8/20, at Blessed Trinity Church, on Tallmadge Avenue, by Father Tom Kraszewski.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions dedicated in memory of Joe can be donated to The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America or the Humane Society of Summit County.
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