Joseph “Joe” Garesio, a longtime Nevada City resident, died March 4. He was 95.
A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, March 17, at the Nevada City Elks Lodge.
Mr. Garesio was born March 21, 1912, in San Bruno to Valerio Garesio and Francesca Angela (Gozzelino) Garesio. He moved to Nevada City with his parents in 1921 when they homesteaded the Garesio Ranch and lived there until his death.
He attended grammar school at Indian Flat and high school at Nevada City High School.
He joined the Army Air Corp on Jan. 5, 1943, achieving the rank of sergeant and serving overseas during World War II in many places, including Italy, Tunisia and Algeria.
Mr. Garesio worked in the Idaho Maryland and Murchie Mines, helped build State Highway 40 and was a member of the Operating Engineers. He was part owner of the old Rush Creek Cafe and was a charter member of the 49er Fire Department.
He enjoyed gardening and in his younger years grew his own grapes and bottled his own wine.
Mr. Garesio is survived by his niece and nephew-in-law, Barbara and Don Browning of Idaho; great-nephews and great-nieces-in-law Butch and Cathy Fouyer of Nevada City, David and Leona Browning and Dennis and Kim Browning, all of Idaho, and Danny and Rainey Browning of Montana; great-nephew Mike Fouyer of Grass Valley; great-niece Liv Browning of Washington and numerous other nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Valerio and Francesca Garesio; brother, Tom Garesio; brother and sister-in-law, Albert and Amy Garesio; and niece and nephew-in-law, Geraldine and Ainsley Fouyer.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary in Nevada City.
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