Published in the
Sacramento Bee on 6/15/2008.
Our dear father, grandfather,
and great- grandfather passed away peacefully at home on June 9, 2008
at age 87. He was born March 19, 1921 in Sacramento, California. He is
preceded in death by; his best friend and wife of 64 years, Eloise, parents
Victor and Gladys LoForte, and sister Adeline Wunschel.
Joe played shortstop for baseball's Pacific Coast Minor League until joining
the Navy in 1942 in Pasco, Washington. After WWII he and Eloise moved
back to Sacramento to raise their two daughters. Joe worked carpentry
until going to work for the State of California as a construction inspector.
He and Eloise retired to Grass Valley where they became active volunteers
at the Empire Mine. Joe continued his devotion to his church at Cottage
Way, serving as elder and was most proud of his time as "Chairman
of the Board".
Joe is survived by his brother Vic LoForte (Evelyn), sisters Rose Miller
and Fran York (Vernis). He also leaves behind; two daughters, Jacqueline
LoForte-Ellis (Frank) and Sharon LoForte; granddaughters Heidi Houseman,
Wendy Floyd, Melissa Moore (Andy) and Mary Metts; and eight great-grandchildren.
Memorial and Celebration of Life will be held at Cottage Way Christian
Church, 2117 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825 on Sunday afternoon, June
22 at 3:00PM.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Cottage Way
Christian Church Memorial Fund at the above address.