Joseph P. Bidoli Sr., 86, Altoona, passed away Wednesday December 16, 2020 after a brief illness.
He was born March 19, 1934 and raised in Altoona, son of Louis Lorenzo and Anna Marie (Mian) Bidoli. On June 21, 1958, he married Elizabeth "Dolly" Daniels, and she preceded him in death on June 19, 2008. They will be reunited again in heaven.
Joseph is survived by three children: Joseph Jr. and wife, Brenda, Gina Marie and fiance, Derrick, and Stephen and wife, Jennifer; six grandchildren: Joshua, Daniele and husband, Gary, Michael, Amarah, Anna Marie and Matthew; a great-granddaughter, Isabella Grace Delores; and soon to be born great-granddaughter of Daniele and Gary. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews and their families.
Joseph was the last surviving member of his Bidoli family. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers: Mario, Rodger, Thomas, Antonio, Lewis “Dude” and Samuel; and sisters: Emma, Erma and Theresa Joseph was also preceded in death by an infant daughter whom he will now be able to hold in his arms again.
Joseph entered the U.S Air Force in 1954 and served as a medical lab specialist. He served during the Korean War and was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.
He worked as athletic director at the Jewish Memorial Center, director at the YMCA and as activity aide at the Hollidaysburg Veterans Home, from which he retired.
Joseph was an avid sportsman and devoted his life to umpiring baseball and softball for various teams and organizations including the PIAA, AABA, City League, Little League, Teener Major and Teener Minor teams. His dedication to sports also included refereeing basketball teams across the region and volunteering many weekends to the Pennsylvania Special Olympics.
Joseph was a loving and caring person and was also likely to give you a razzing now and then. He was a devoted family man and so generous to all. He will be greatly missed by those who loved him.
A celebration of Joseph’s life and legacy will be held next year, just in time for the start of the baseball season.
Condolences may be sent to Myers-Somers Funeral Home Inc., 501 Sixth Ave., Altoona, PA 16601 or on their website at www.myerssomersfuneralhome.com.
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