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Joseph ‘Joe’ Colombo

July 30, 1939 - June 11, 2016

Joseph "Joe" Colombo, 76, Altoona, died Saturday in Ocean City, Md., while attending his annual vacation with his best friends.

He was born in Altoona, son of the late Alfred J. and Kathryn Colombo. He married Mary C. Sanker on Jan. 28, 1961.

Surviving are his wife of 55 years; four children: Christine (Britt) Stever and husband, Matt, Michael, Pam Kelly and husband, Shawn, and Julie (JuJu) Stout; nine grandchildren: Matt, Nikki, Mitch, Trae, Ryann, Joci, Sam, Megan and Jonna; two great-grandchildren: Reagan and Channing; and a sister, Patricia Holiday of Altoona.

Joe graduated from Altoona Area High School, proudly representing the Class of '57, and had a special group of graduates whom he loved and referred to as "the Fab 6." He loved attending his class reunions in his original football jersey, No. 61.

He was an amazing brick Mason for his family-owned business, Joe Colombo & Sons, leaving his legacy all over the city. He was known for building the stone castle at DelGrosso's Amusement Park.

Joe absolutely loved his family, gardening and spending time at his Pine Haven hunting camp.

Some comments about Joe:

"In Joe's working lifetime, he was one of the top three bricklayers in Altoona."

"He loved people."

"He lived life to the fullest."

"He was the hardest worker I ever knew."

"He was always helping someone."

"He never held back on his thoughts."

"He was a crowd favorite."

"I'm glad I had the opportunity to meet him and get my tomatoes busted."

"Hey baby."

"My daddy didn't have fun and let me watch; he had fun and took me with him!"

Joe loved life and died while living it to the fullest.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at noon Saturday, June 18, 2016, at Mount Carmel Catholic Church, Altoona. Immediately following the service, friends will be received at the UVA to celebrate his life.

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