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Obituary for Joseph Meli
Joseph Anthony Meli was in born in Brooklyn, New York on March 19, 1944 to Antoinette and Mariano Meli. He passed at home, November 18, 2014, surrounded by loved ones. He is survived by his wife, Helene Schmid, six children, ten grandchildren and a brother. His children (spouses): Joseph and Carla Meli, Stephen and Gina Meli, Wendy and Billy Doherty, Florinda Meli, Mark Stockholm, Christopher and Wendy Stockholm. Grandchildren: Thomas Intrabartola and Anthony Meli, Dominic and Rosanna Meli, Maxwell and Sophie Doherty, Jessica and Tess Gunning, Carter and Maddox Stockholm. Brother: Salvatore Meli. Joseph Meli started his career in New York in the corporate world. In the late 70’s, Joe found his calling working with children and fundraising. He loved children and they loved him right back. He was never afraid to get down on the ground, on their level, and talk or make them laugh. Joe has been in the fundraising industry for over 37 years; first in New York and then – in 1990 – transferred out to Colorado. His business was built on integrity – good customer service and “his word.” It was important to him to show clients how different his company was from the other fundraising companies. Many of his clients just loved his “Brooklyn” accent. Joe‘s passion was baseball. Ask him anything about baseball and he could tell you the answer. One of the things on his “bucket list” was to visit all of the stadiums. The last one he got to visit was Fenway Park in the summer of 2014. His passion can be seen by the picture and bat collection that hang on the walls. Joe loved life and his family very much. He loved to talk about all his kids and grandkids. He was always smiling and positive about the future. Whatever God had planned for him, he accepted. Joe was definitely a “giver” and you could count on him to be there for you whenever, wherever and for whatever you needed. He was kind, fun, generous, and had a great sense of humor. He loved to bust your chops! A clear stand out was how he loved his wife; he called her “his angel” and “best friend.” Most of us know how hard he fought to win her heart. This love was a lesson for all of us. Joe touched many people over the years and had a lasting impression. Once you met him you never forgot him! “Papa Joe” will be missed by so many people. Visitation will be Tuesday, November 25, 2014, 4PM to 6PM at DeWitt and Tabler Funeral Home, 12114 Grant Circle, Thornton, Colorado 80241. Cremation has been chosen for Joe.
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