Joseph William Mascio, 95, passed away peacefully at home on November 30, 2021. He was born in Ravenna, Ohio on June 25, 1926 to Pasquale and Mary Romito Mascio. He leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife of 73 years, Helen Beckett Mascio, three daughters, Linda Dunn of Arkansas, Maryanne (Stephen) Maish of Indiana and Joan (Bernie) Krause of South Carolina. Also, grandchildren Stephanie (Jeff) Wade, Suzanne Maish, Eric Dunn, Rebecca (John) Novack and Charlie Dunn and six great-grandchildren. He also leaves his only sibling, John (Rose) Mascio of Cuyahoga Falls as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.
Joe loved sports of all kinds and played on many school teams growing up in Ravenna. He attended Immaculate Conception School and Ravenna High School, graduating in 1944. He continued his education at The Ohio State University where he played football (1944) and lettered in track as shot putter (1944-1948), graduating in 1948. It was at OSU that he met Helen, his future wife. He remained a staunch fan of the Buckeyes in particular and sports in general his whole life.
Joe was recruited to teach social studies and coach multiple sports at Monroe High School in Monroe, Michigan. He accepted the job and he and his new bride began their lives together in Monroe in the fall of 1948. In 1953, they moved to Gallia County, Ohio so Joe could go into business with his father-in-law, running a Pure Oil Distribution Plant and gas station. When the business sold in 1961, Joe and family moved to Cuyahoga Falls where he started the DECA program at Cuyahoga Falls High School, retiring in 1983. Joe and Helen lived in Silver Lake from 1962-2019 at which time they moved to Vitalia Senior Residences in Stow.
Joe was a generous man who shared his wit and wisdom with students, family and friends. He was ready and willing to take children and grandchildren to sporting events of all kinds. He was the family cook, specializing in Italian dishes that were often requested by family and friends.
The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at VItalia Senior Residences, Traditions Health and Hospice Care and FirstLight Home Care for the excellent care he received. Donations in Joe’s memory may be made to The Church in the Falls, 837 Chestnut Boulevard, Cuyahoga Falls 44221, churchinthefalls.org. Arrangements for a private, family service are entrusted to Clifford-Shoemaker Funeral Home, Cuyahoga Falls, 330-928-2147.