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Joseph Gioia

January 22, 1929 August 30, 2018
Joseph Gioia
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Joseph (Giuseppi) Gioia, 89, of Yuba City, California, passed away August 30, 2018, at UC Davis Hospital, his family at his side.

Joe Gioia was born January 22, 1929, in Manhattan, New York City, to parents Antonina Bologna and Leonardo Gioia. Both parents were born in Castellamare Del Gulfo Di Trapani, Italy. Joe spoke perfect Italian, English, Spanish and some Japanese. Joe grew up with best friends Morton Berger and Eugene Balazs. The boys enjoyed telling jokes, laughing, and riding bikes, and their friendship was lifelong.

Joe was a good student who loved learning. He studied electronics at the RCA Institute and CCNY City College in New York City. He also graduated from Brooklyn Tech, and his strength was mathematics. In the summer of 1965, Joe moved his family to Los Angeles, CA, where he continued his studies in computer programming and engineering at UCLA. For fun, Joe studied geology and law.

Joe Gioia loved cars, and his first was a dark blue Buick Roadmaster. He also loved horses, fishing, pretending to go hunting - he fed the deer instead of shooting them. He truly loved the outdoors.

His first job was working at Speary Gyroscope on the Nik I Zeus program, where they worked on the radars that could tell the difference between real and fake missiles. Joe's favorite jobs were the ones that took him to California, where he worked as a tech rep for Lockheed Martin and later at Beale Air Force base with Airborn. Joe was blessed to work on the SR 71 plane from its inception, and he stayed with the project until the SR 71 Blackbird was retired in 1999. Joe retired the same year.

Since flying was a passion, Joe rekindled that childhood interest and also enjoyed flying RC model planes.

Joseph Gioia is survived by his wife Leonora Gioia, his daughter Gioia-Pharo Gioia and her husband Tildon (Til) Turner, his son Leonardo Gioia and his wife Stephanie Gioia.

The funeral service will be held Friday, September 14, 2018 at 10:00am at Chapel of the Twin Cities at 715 Shasta St. Yuba City, CA, 95991. It will be followed by a reception at The Harvest Room at 1475 Tharp Rd. from 11:00am until 2:00pm.

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10:00 AM 9/14/2018 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 9/14/2018 11:00:00 AM
Chapel of the Twin Cities

715 Shasta Street
Yuba City, CA 95991

Chapel of the Twin Cities
715 Shasta Street Yuba City 95991 CA
United States

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