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Joseph Dascola

July 22, 1914 — May 14, 2014

Joseph Dascola age 99, of Greenville passed away Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at Spectrum Health United Memorial Hospital in Greenville. He was born July 22, 1914 in Giaastra, Michigan, the son of Antonio & Emilia (Amarelli) Dascola. He married Dorothy Ann Kieper in Iron River, Michigan on April 17, 1944. She preceded him in death on October 14, 2010. He also was pre ceded in death by his parents, an infant sister Modesta an infant brother Filippo, brothers and sisters in law Roosevelt & (Lillian), Patsy & (Emma), Ernest & (Mary) and Dominic & (Helen) and his sisters and brothers in law Doris & (John) Jacobs and Mary & (Ed) Walker. He graduated from Stanbough High School as valedictorian in 1932, received his BA in 1938 and his MBA in 1941 at the University of Michigan. He worked as a clerk / supervisor during this time at the University Night Administrative Force. From 1942 to 1946 during World War II, he served as an Army Captain in the Medical Administrative corps, served in Kenach, India at General Hospital servicing the United States Base. He then became Business Manager of Monroe Hospital in Monroe in 1946, Administrator at Grand View Hospital in Ironwood from 1947 to 1950, In 1950 he became the first hospital administrator at United Memorial Hospital, in Greenville. He retired in 1979. He was awarded the Leadership Award from Spectrum Health United Memorial Hospital in 2005 for being instrumental in modernizing and expanding hospital services so the community could have better health care close to home. He was a Life Member of the American College of Hospital Administrators, member of the American Hospital Association of Michigan, Greenville American Legion Post #101, held various offices in the Greenville Lions Club, was honored the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award which is the highest award given by the Lions Club International Foundation for his many contributions to the club and community, Knight of Columbus and former Grand Knight, Flat River Community Library, Flat River Historical Society, president of county unit of Michigan Heart Association from 1970 to 1972, Greenville Area Senior Center, Trustee for Blue Cross of Michigan, American College of Health Executives, University of Michigan Alumni and St. Charles Catholic Church. He freely gave his time for many charitable causes. Volunteer work was a constant throughout his life and he believed in the importance of giving back. He enjoyed helping others and fundraising for worthy causes. Joseph also enjoyed traveling, walking, reading, cleaning, "The Art-of-a-Deal" and was an avid Michigan football fan. He is survived by his daughters Terese Sharpe of Greenville and Suzanne & (David) Diles of Lexington, Virginia; sons Anthony & (Dona) Dascola of Benton Harbor and James & (Milagros) Dascola of Dimondale; grandchildren Jacqueline & (Brad) Johanson, Melissa Dascola, John Sharpe, Andrew & (Gina) Dascola, Chris Dascola, Matthew Diles and Mitchell Diles; one great grandson William James Johanson. Funeral Mass will be 11 AM Saturday, May 17, 2014 at St. Charles Catholic Church, Greenville, celebrated by Fr. Darrel Kempf. Visitation will be Friday evening from 6 to 8 PM at the Marshall Funeral Home, Greenville with a Rosary at 8 PM. Visitation will also be from 10 AM till the Mass on Saturday at the church. Burial will be in St. Charles Catholic Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made in Joseph's name to Spectrum Health Greenville Extended Care Facility, St. Charles Catholic Church, Flat River Historical Society or the Flat River Community Library.
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