Joseph A Sparveri, 81, of Florence, AZ, passed away suddenly and peacefully with his family by his side on January 3, 2023. Joe was born in Hartford, CT to Anthony Sparveri and Elvira (Callabrese) Sparveri on May 5, 1941. He is survived by his bride and the love of his life Lorraine (O’Brien) Sparveri. They were married for 60 years.
Joe grew up and met his wife in East Hartford, CT. After serving in the United States Navy he went on to work as an aerospace welder at Pratt and Whitney Aircraft for 33 years, retiring in 1999. His sense of humor and dedication to family and friends defined him. He loved golf and tinkering in his yard and garage where he was the king of duct tape. He was an active member of the Knights of Columbus Council 3901, serving as Grand Knight 1985-86. Eventually they moved to Coventry, CT in the years after retirement. He and Lorraine ended up settling in Florence, AZ in 2016 where they have enjoyed the community and the golf course. Joe and Lorraine loved to travel and spent time between family in CT, SC and AZ. One of their favorite trips was to Europe where they spent time in Italy and the Amalfi Coast. He was the organizer of the Merrill Ranch Annual Golf Cart Parade where he was also known as the magical Santa which was one of his proudest accomplishments.
His pride and joy consisted of his large family, sister Linda Benevento of Florence, AZ. Brother and sister-in-law Bill and Tish O’Brien of South Windsor, CT. Daughter Annette Monaccio, and her husband Bill of Queen Creek, AZ. Son Joe Sparveri and his wife Lucy of Landrum, SC. 7 grandchildren Joe, Josh and Jesse Sparveri. Andrea and Tyler Monaccio, Julian and Streeter Johnson, as well as 4 great-grandchildren Joey and Elliana Sparveri, Reyna Johnson, Luca Monaccio, and his niece and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Monday January 9, 2023 10:45 am at St Mary Magdalene Church 2654 E Williams Field Rd. Gilbert, AZ 85295, followed by a reception at. 12:30pm with military honors at Gilbert Memorial Park Cemetery and Funeral Home 2100 E Queen Creek Rd. Gilbert, AZ 85297.