Joseph BelcastroJoseph Belcastro died peacefully on Wednesday.
Joseph Belcastro died peacefully on Wednesday.
He was born Dec. 16, 1920 in Eveleth.
He was the 1939 High School basketball free-throw champ, and studied pre-law at Eveleth Jr. College. In 1943, he joined the U.S. Air Force after designing a self-lubricating pneumatic drill at Lockheed, which expedited production of World War II aircraft. He married Senia Neuha in 1945.
He had a successful 37 year career with the St. Paul Pioneer Press as District Manager, initiating the paper’s expansion into Wisconsin. The Belcastros were long-time members of the Cathedral of Our Lady where Joe served as Head Usher. Joe enjoyed his summers at the lake, camping, hunting and fishing, and many great trips to Basswood Lake. He spent this past summer with both his daughter and son doing the things he enjoyed most.
Joe is survived by children, Tony (Judy) Belcastro, Jolane (John) Sundstrom; grandchildren, Jay (Kim), Tim (Laura), Joel and Anja; great grandaughters, Justine, Delaney, Abby, Vibeke and two great great grandsons, Owen and Ashton.
A big thank you to the Benedictine Adult Day Service and the BHC staff for their comfort care these last days.
MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 30, 2013 in Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church with a gathering of family and friends from 10 until 11 a.m. in the church. Memorials may be sent to the Benedictine Adult Day Service in Joe’s name. Arrangements by Dougherty Funeral Home, (218) 727-3555.