Joseph Foglia

Posted: Monday, April 28, 2003

Joseph Foglia died Wednesday, April 23, 2003, at his home in Kenai. He was 71.

Funeral services were held Saturday at Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.

Mr. Foglia was born July 13, 1931, and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he grew up with and eventually married his first wife, Mary Murphy. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and finished high school while serving. As a staff sergeant, he served at various institutions in New England. He served in the Korean War, receiving two medals. After the war, he and Mary moved to Rammstein, Germany, where he served at Rammstein Air Force Base for four years. They adopted their first child, Doreen Foglia, and returned to the United States.

The Foglias lived in Syracuse, N.Y., for a time, where they adopted their second child, Joe Foglia Jr. Mr. Foglia then moved to Kenai to serve at Wildwood Air Force Base on July 26, 1969, where he eventually retired from the Air Force. He worked at the Unocal fertilizer plant in Nikiski for many years until he retired in 1998.

"Joe was an avid fisherman, preferring halibut fishing and clamming off Deep Creek. He frequented the Peninsula Moose Lodge, American Legion and VFW in Kenai, as well as the Eagles. He also appreciated nothing better than good seafood or Italian cuisine," his family said.

"He had defied both the doctors and nature so he could take his boat out fishing that weekend. Everyone always told Joe his boat would kill him, and indeed, he was working on the boat that afternoon, getting ready to go out on Friday. No matter how you knew him Joe, Big Joe, Daddy or Grandpa he was known and loved by all of his friends and family."

Mr. Foglia was preceded in death by his parents, Nunzio and Sadie Foglia; sisters, Anna Cicero and Minnie; and brothers, Phillip and Carmine Foglia.

He is survived by his former wife, Mary McConnell; daughter and son-in-law, Doreen and Kenneth Haag; son and daughter-in-law, Joseph Jr. and Ruby Foglia; brother, Edward Foglia; sisters, Rosalie Bilyk and Marie Lanzisero; grandsons, Brett Encelewski, Michael Foglia, Joseph Foglia III, Charles Foglia, Jaden Foglia and Nicholas Rouswell; and granddaughters, Mary Jo Foglia, Kristina Haag, Kayla Rouswell and Shanice Rouswell.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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