Published in the October 28, 2016 edition

Joseph-Maranto-obit-webMELROSE — Joseph V. “Joe” Maranto, 84, of Melrose, died at the Bear Hill Nursing Center in Wakefield on Oct. 20.

Joe was born and raised in the West End of Boston and attend Boston Schools. Joe served his country in the U. S. Army during the Korean War, and received a Bronze Star. After returning from Korea, he resided in Melrose for 52 years and was the co-owner of the Cambridge Printing Company for 40 years before his retirement.

Joe was a member of the West Side Social Club in Wakefield and the Wakefield Bowling League for several years. He enjoyed traveling with his late wife Edith on cruises to Bahamas, Niagara Falls and weekend getaways. Joe loved watching sports, his wife’s Italian cooking and spending his time with his children and grandchildren.

He was the beloved husband of the late Edith J. (Cilibrasi) Maranto for 54 years. He was the loving father of Janice Scolaro and her husband Salvatore of Melrose, David Maranto, Thomas Maranto and his partner Chris Duff, all of Wakefield. He was the cherished grandfather of Allyson and her husband Donald, Nicholas and Tyler. He was the great-grandfather of Olivia and Hunter. He was the father-in-law of Karen Maranto of Lowell. He was the caring brother of Anna Pipitone of Methuen and the late Margaret Gentile, Jenny Grillo and Josephine Maranto. He is also survived by nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at Most Blessed Sacrament Church, 1155 Main St., Wakefield on Wednesday, Oct. 26. Burial took place in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Joe’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Pl., Memphis TN 38105. Korean War Veteran.

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