June 1, 1914 - June 5, 2013
ELKHART - Joseph Bellino, 99, of Elkhart, passed away June 5, 2013, at Valley View Nursing Home.
He was born June 1, 1914, in Oriolo Calabro, Italy, to Gennaro and Rosa (Palumbo) Bellino.
In January of 1946, he married Settimia Maradei.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Settimia; his infant daughter, Caterina; and his son, Geno.
He leaves behind one daughter, Rosa, who with her husband, Paul Giordano, lives in Orlando, Fla.; four grandchildren, Michele (John) Berg and Stephanie Giordano (David Schober) of Evanston, Ill., Lindsey Bellino (Tara Call) of Portland, Ore., and Kyle (Victoria) Bellino of Nashville, Tenn.; four great-grandchildren, Ellie, Sophie, Luca and Beatrice; and daughter-in-law Donna Bellino of Elkhart.
He was a caring and devoted husband, taking care of his wife, who was in a nursing home for 10 years. He was a loving father, making many sacrifices in order to give his children a wonderful life. He was an affectionate grandfather to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Mr. Bellino fought for the Italian army during World War II, was taken prisoner and sent to Poland. When he escaped, he walked back to Italy and to his hometown. He received the Italian War Merit Cross, which the Italian government awarded to members of the armed forces who came in contact with an enemy.
He immigrated to the U.S. in 1954 and was joined by his family in 1962.
In Elkhart he worked as a cabinet maker in the mobile home industry until he retired at age 78. When his wife went into a nursing home, he lived independently and drove until just a few months ago. He enjoyed gardening, and had his last vegetable garden last summer. He also made the best homemade wine and he shared the love of good wine with his children and grandchildren. He was caring, loving, loyal, and everyone respected and loved him.
Friends are invited to join the family for a memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 8, 2013, at Hartzler-Gutermuth-Inman Funeral Home. Entombment in Chapel of Memories Mausoleum in Rice cemetery will follow.
Online condolences may be sent at www.hartzlergutermuthinman.com. Donations may be given to St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church.