Joseph P. Vanadia



Joseph P. Vanadia beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather passed away on January 6, 2018, in Florence, SC. Joe was 84 years old. Born on March 13, 1933, in New York City, he was the only son to the late Charles and Lucy Vanadia. Joe was a decorated Army Veteran and fought in the Korean War. He loved sports, especially football, basketball, and track and field. Joe was an avid swimmer and competed in bowling and ice hockey. Entertaining friends, hosting backyard bar-b-ques, and playing board and card games brought joy to his life. Sunday’s were spent with his family eating his favorite pasta dishes. Joe’s fondest summer vacations were spent with his family at the Jersey Shore. A fervent animal lover, his home was always filled with cherished pets. Joe’s greatest gift was his love of his family and friends. He worked tirelessly his entire life and excelled as a master auto mechanic. Known for doing anything for a friend, Joe’s home was often a place of solace for those who had nowhere else to turn and provided an extended family for those in need. As a servant leader, Joe will always be remembered as someone who put others first. He is now able to rejoice and rest in peace with Jesus. Joe is survived by his devoted wife of 64 years, Jeane (Westler) Vanadia; his 3 children, Karen (Howard) Olshansky, Joseph (Kristen) Vanadia, and Janine Monize; his 8 grandchildren, Nicole (Wesley) Davis, Sabrina Olshansky, Joseph Vanadia III, Jennifer (Sean) Milwee, Samantha Monize, Shane Monize, Suuna Monize, and Sophia Vanadia; his 4 great-grandchildren, Adennia, Gemma, Sage and Sora; his sister, Carmela Vanadia; his-sister-in law, Phyllis (Joseph) Miceli; former daughter-in-law, Patricia Vanadia and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Joe was preceded in death by his sisters, Mary Lodestro and Madeline Moyles. A graveside service will be held at 2pm on Friday, January 12, 2018, at the Florence National Cemetery with military honors rendered by the Veteran’s Honor Guard. The family will be receiving friends from 12-1:45pm prior to the service at Cain Calcutt-Stephens Funeral Home; 512 W 2nd Loop Rd, Florence, SC, 29505. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Disabled American Veterans or the Humane Society. Please sign the online guest registry at