Mr. Joseph A. Guzzetta Jr., 92, a resident of Morgan City, left this life Friday, March 30, 2012.
Mr. Guzzetta was born in Berwick and was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Normandy Invasion as a combat infantryman. He graduated from Morgan City High School in 1938 and married the love of his life, Beatrice Guarisco in 1942. He served in the National Guard, was activated during World War II and served until 1945. He was employed by Mobil Oil Co. for seven years and was self-employed as owner of Morgan City Fence and Supply.
He was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Knights of Columbus, Christoforo Columbo, American Legion, Disabled American Veterans and AARP, active in the community and a member of the Atchafalaya Basin Levee Board.
Mr. Guzzetta is survived by six children, Andrea Craig and husband Robert Craig of Dacula, Ga., Peggy Magee and husband Wiley Magee of Patterson, Lea Guzzetta of Morgan City, Lynn Romaire and husband Ricky Romaire of Morgan City, Susan Fromenthal and husband Logan Fromenthal of Morgan City, and Paul Guzzetta and wife Torrie Terry Guzzetta of Lafayette; 22 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, three great-grandchildren on the way, two great-great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. He is also survived by three sisters-in-law, Rosetta Boudreaux and her husband Dewy, Marie Hover, and Christine Provost and her husband Cyrus; and one brother-in-law, Lee Guarisco and his wife Grace.
Grandchildren include Laura Larive (Lane), Kelly Magee, Caroline Magee, Brandon Craig (Sasha), Jason Craig (Annie), Kevin Craig (Sarah), Troy Ratcliff (JoAnn), Joey Ratcliff, Nicholas Ratcliff, Brandy Parker (Richard), Matthew Tycer (Karen), Tracy Scarbrough (John), Nicole Pecoraro (Grant), Luke Romaire, Natalie Guzzetta, Jacob Guzzetta, Patrick Guzzetta, Annette Leger, Susan Mahfouz (Chris), Bonnie Guarisco, Lauren Fanelli (Anthony) and Erin Shipe (Jason).
He was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Beatrice Guarisco Guzzetta; his parents, Joseph Guzzetta Sr. and Salvina Giordano Guzzetta; his three brothers, Jake Guzzetta, Vincent Guzzetta and Nina Guzzetta; his two sisters, Jenny Costa and Mary Gougenheim, and one great-grandchild. Also preceding in death were his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Lee and Mary Guarisco; two brothers-in-law, H.S. Hover and Peter Guarisco; and a sister-in-law, Rosalie Blum Milford.
Visitation was Sunday, April 1, 6-8 p.m. at Hargrave Funeral Home and continued today, April 2, 9-11 a.m. at Holy Cross Catholic Church, with a service of Christian burial at 11 a.m. Interment burial was in the Morgan City Cemetery. Military service was by the East St. Mary Parish Veterans Funeral Squad.