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Joe "Bag Of Donuts" Sbaraglia

Saturday, March 11th, 1939 - Monday, February 18th, 2019
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Mr. Joseph A. Sbaraglia, Jr., a life-long resident of South Philadelphia, passed away on Monday, February 19, 2019 at Pennsylvania Hospital. He was 79 years of age.

Affectionately known as "Joe Bag-Of-Donuts" Sbaraglia, Joe was an outgoing, friendly community oriented man who loved chronicling South Philadelphia's past by writing. Joe published his works in several books entitled "The Waffleman and Other Memories of South Philadelphia".

Joe graduated in 1957 from Southern High School. He enlisted and proudly served in the US Air Force for 20 years, including 3 tours in Vietnam, retiring as Chief Master Sergeant. He was active in the USAF Reserves for another 20 years. Prior to retirement, Joe was employed 25 years with Pennsylvania Bell Telephone as a Spliceman. Joe was active for many years with the Masonic Order, most recently with Saint John Lodge F&AM 115, Philadelphia.

Joe is the beloved husband of the late Kathleen L. (nee VanDressar); devoted father of Anthony (Kim) and Albert Sbaraglia and Robert McNamara (Andrea); dear sister of Bernice Blickley and the late Leo and the late Chili Sbaraglia (surviving, Jeannette); loving grandfather of Connor McNamara; special uncle of Marc Sbaraglia (Stephanie Lackhoff) and great uncle of Luca and Alexa Sbaraglia.

Relatives and friends may attend his viewing Thurs. 7-9 PM and Fri. 8:30-9:15 AM in the Vincent Gangemi Funeral Home, Inc., 2232-40 S. Broad St. (at Wolf), Philadelphia, PA.

Masonic and Eastern Star Service Thursday 8 PM at the Funeral Home.

Funeral Mass Fri. 10 AM in Annunciation BVM Church, 10th & Dickinson Sts., Philadelphia, PA

Entombment Fernwood Cemetery Mausoleum, Yeadon, PA.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, February 21st, 2019 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Thursday, February 21st, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Vincent Gangemi Funeral Home, Inc.
    2232-2240 S. Broad Street
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  • Second Visitation

    Friday, February 22nd, 2019 | 8:30am - 9:30am
    Friday, February 22nd, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
    Vincent Gangemi Funeral Home, Inc.
    2232-2240 S. Broad Street
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  • Service

    Friday, February 22nd, 2019 | 10:00am
    Friday, February 22nd, 2019 10:00am
    Annunciation B.V.M. Church
    10th and Dickinson Sts
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  • Interment

    6501 Baltimore Avenue
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Petrucco Family

Posted at 01:52pm
Though we would often see him in the vicinity of 12th & Snyder, we seldom had the pleasure of engaging in conversation with Mr. Sbaraglia. But from the few times we did speak, and from all the times we read his weekly column, we realized he was smart and interesting. It was obvious he was well-rounded, and he graciously shared his wisdom and perceptions with all his readers. He will be missed. RIP.

CW3 Alexander Aloysius VanArsdale Junior (RET)

Posted at 06:06pm

Marie and Ted McNamara

Posted at 10:29am
In Joe’s memory for generations to come.
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Lara Paradise

Posted at 06:35pm
My most heart felt condolences and prayers to the entire family. I enjoyed many afternoons with Joe and Albert and will forever remember Joe always with love and fond memories. I feel honored to have known you. All my love and prayers🙏

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