Joseph Shifra, of Newton Falls entered eternal life on Sunday, December 30, 2012 at the Cleveland Clinic. Joe was born in Newton Falls on July 27, 1929 at the family residence, the son of Paul and Barbara Simko Shifra. He received his formal education in the Newton Falls school system.
Joe enlisted into the United States Marine Corps on March 18, 1948 and was assigned to aviation ordinance. He was honorably discharged on February 10, 1950.
Upon his return to civilian life, Joe was employed in various positions until he began work at Republic Steel as a rigger. He retired from his duties in 1996 from WCI after 36 and a half years of service.
He was a faithful parishioner of St. Michael Catholic Church of the Byzantine Rite in Newton Falls. Along with other parishioners, Joe was active in the construction of the church and the pavilion.
Joe was a lifetime member of the Amvets Post 112. Joe also belonged to the group of friends known as the McDonald's Morning Coffee Club.
He was an old car enthusiast who looked forward to attending old car shows to locate parts for his own vehicles. With his vast knowledge of various trades, Joe could undertake and complete any project his started. He was proficient in the repair of cuckoo clocks. Family and friends who attended functions at his home or at the church could enjoy his culinary skill in roasting pigs.
Relaxing pastimes for Joe were traveling and attending his grandchildren's sporting events. Joe also liked to dance and in his younger years, he enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Memories of Joe will be carried on by his loving and caring wife, Charlotte, whom he married on October 11, 1990; his children, Gloria and Barry Cihan, Larry and Donna Shifra, Sue Headley, Jeff and Marcy Janus, Eric and Christy Janus, Shannon and Michael Blasio; his adored grandchildren, Troy, Kevin, Carissa, Elise, Carrie, Zachary, Sadie, Kelli, Kate, Luci and his twelve great grandchildren.
Preceding Joseph were his parents; his brothers, John and Paul; his sisters, Mary Kelly and Helen Soho; his son-in-law, Thomas Headley and his best friend, Elio Carocci.
The family will receive friends on Friday, January 4, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Borowski Memorial Home in Newton Falls.
A Funeral Liturgy will be held on Saturday, January 5, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. in St. Michael Church in Newton Falls.
Joseph will be laid to rest in St. Michael Cemetery in Newton Township.
That family requests that material tributes may be made in memory of Joseph to the charity of their choice.
(Borowski Funeral Service, 330-872-5050, RC 1-2-13)