|Joseph I. Alvarado|
|Tuesday, February 25, 2014 9:43 PM|
April 20, 1925-Feb. 25, 2014
He was born April 20, 1925, in Taylor, Texas, to Alberto and Sofia (Sanchez-Martinez) Alvarado, who preceded him in death.
He married Clare (Hemker) Alvarado, who survives in Van Wert.
Other survivors include his son, Joseph G. (Beatriz) Alvarado of Van Wert; brothers, Paul Alvarado of Birmingham, Ala., John (Carol) Alvarado of Northbrook, Ill., and Raymond (Mary Beth) Alvarado of Indianapolis, Ind.; sisters, Carmen Jacobs of Van Wert, Mary Hernandez of Fort Wayne, Ind., Dorothy Cuellar of Ossian, Ind., and Patsy (Charles) Mock of Bluffton, Ind.; and grandchildren, Isabel Yvonne Steen, Sofia Rose Alvarado and Joseph David Alvarado.
He was also preceded in death by a grandchild, Angel Alvarado; his brother, Pete Alvarado; sister, Lupe Chavarria; and four siblings who died in infancy.
He retired from Aeroquip/Eaton Corporation in Van Wert after 21 years.
He was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Van Wert and Knights of Columbus. He was past president of the St. Vincent de Paul Society and past member of the church choir.
Joe was a very loving and caring husband, father and grandfather. Gardening was one of his favorite hobbies and he enjoyed entering his produce in the Van Wert County Fair. He was an avid Notre Dame football fan, a devout Catholic, a very strong man of faith. He was honored to be named Godfather for countless members of his family and friends. He used his free time teaching the Catholic religion to migrant workers. He also volunteered as a Spanish translator when needed. He selflessly helped his father support their large family from a young age. He enjoyed reminiscing about his youth in Texas and Mexico. He also loved listening to Mariachi music, eating Mexican food and celebrating Mexican traditions. He is loved and admired by countless people and will be greatly missed.
Visitations will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home and Crematory, with a Rosary Service at 7:30 p.m.
The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, with Father Charles Obinwa officiating. Burial will be at Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert.
Preferred memorials are to St. Mary of the Assumption Church, St. Mary of the Assumption School and Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center.
Condolences may be left online at www.alspachgearhart.com.