Joseph R. Lametta, Sr.
Joseph R. Lametta, Sr. 89, of Norwalk, husband of Katherine Italiano Lametta, died Tuesday July 14th at Norwalk Hospital. Born in Norwalk on July 8, 1926, he was the son of the late Antonio and Carmella Piccarella Lametta and had been a lifelong Norwalk resident. Mr. Lametta was a World War II veteran having served in the United States Marine Corp. Along with his brother James he was the co-owner of Lametta Bros. Masonry Contractors. After his discharge from the Marines in 1947, Joe started playing basketball locally with the Spring Hill Tigers Basketball Team. In the 1950’s and 60’s many teams would try to sign the tall high scoring Lametta. In addition to basketball, Joe played softball and was an avid bowler. Joe’s bowling skills garnered him a sanctioned 300 game in 1976 while bowling with Anastasia Brother’s Bowling Team. A Life Member of the Laurel Athletic Club, Joe was sworn in on July 1, 1969 at the age of forty two. Joe began serving on the Board of Governors in 1972. He was elected Vice President on June 19, 1972 and became President of the club following the recommendation of the nominating committee on July 1, 1974. He held the office of president until stepping down in 1976, continuing to serve on the Board of Directors for many years. Most recently Joe served as Sergeant of Arms and led club meetings & dinners with saluting of the American Flag and leading members and guests in the singing of God Bless America. In 1994 Joe celebrated his 25th anniversary in the club and became an Old Timer and Life Member. A staunch supporter of our Military and Veterans, Joe was a member of the American Legion and was a fixture in the Norwalk Memorial Day Parade along with his late brother Jimmy. In addition to his wife Katherine, he is survived by three children, son; Joseph R. Lametta, Jr and his wife Wendy of Wilton, son; Ronald of Newtown and daughter Patricia Goldbach and her husband Kurt of Newtown, a grandson; Matthew Lametta, and three granddaughters; Christine Lametta, Amy Lametta and Sara Lametta, three sisters; Connie Williams, Louise Scianna and Rose Burke and many nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday July 20th at 10:00 am at St. Philip Roman Catholic Church, 1 Father Conlon Place, Norwalk. Interment will follow in St. John Cemetery, Richards Avenue, Norwalk. Friends may visit Sunday July 19th from 4:00 to 8:00 pm at the Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk. In Lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project P.O. Box 758517 Topeka, Kansas 66675.