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Joseph Andrew “Joe” Rondi, 72, of Toano, peacefully passed away at home on Tuesday, June 14, 2016, surrounded by his family and beloved dogs.
He was born in Benld, Ill., on June 22, 1943. He graduated from Gillespie High School in 1962. He was married to Dorothy G. Rondi (Smith) on July 5, 1964; they were married 52 years. Joe worked as the mould maker at Owens Illinois Glass for 41 years. His journey with Owens Illinois started in Alton, Ill., in 1963, which carried him to Charlotte, Mich., Huntington, W.Va., and finally settling his home in Toano in 1980.
Joe retired from Owens in 2003 along side his wife Dorothy. They walked out of the plant together to start enjoying their retirement. He enjoyed camping, taking care of his yard, watching his St. Louis Cardinals and Washington Redskins and spending time with his friends and family.
Joe is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Andrew Rondi Sr. and Annette Rondi.
He is survived by his high school sweetheart, wife and best friend, Dorothy Gail Rondi; three children, Jody Nunn (Steven), Timothy Rondi (Chelsea), and Anthony Rondi (Tessy Glenn); grandchildren Justin Nunn (Katie), Nicholas Nunn (Carey Evans), Ali Rondi, Logan Rondi and Valerie Rondi; two brothers, Jim Rondi (Alice) and Jerry Rondi (Kathleen); and numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends. Joe was a husband, father, papa, friend and inspiration to all.
He went out of his way to always put others first and make sure everyone got along and was happy. He deeply loved all of his family and was always telling stories and reminiscing about happy memories along the path of life. He will live on in our hearts and our memories, in our smiles and our tears, and although we can’t see him, he will be with us forever. “A great soul serves everyone all the time. A great soul never dies. It brings us together again and again.”
Visitation will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday June 18, followed by a memorial service at 3 p.m. at Nelsen Funeral Home, Williamsburg. Pastor Bill Cashman will be officiating services.
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