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Joseph Richard Contardo

Joseph Richard Contardo

Joseph R. Contardo, 103, a life long Duluthian, died September 6th, 2018. Joe passed away at Benedictine Living Community, Marywood, his home for the past five months. Prior to his move he lived independently, until he was 103.

Joe enjoyed life and was strong, independent, and determined. He had a mischievous sense of humor, which brought many smiles to those around him. His was a life well-lived. Joe lived the life he wanted.

He was born on March 1st, 1915 to Frank and Maria (Abbruzzese) Contardo. Joe was the third born and the first son of ten children.

Joe was a 1936 graduate of Duluth Central High School. He was known for his strong work ethic. Joe held many jobs throughout his life, but spent most of his career as a retail salesman in downtown Duluth. When Allenfall's closed in 2011, Joe retired as a salesman, at age 95. Joe enjoyed bowling, bocce ball, and gardening. But his greatest passion was for dancing with his friend, Fran Caster, especially to polka music.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Robert Contardo, and sisters Frances (Harry) Farrar, Josephine (Joseph) Brozic, Mary (Vincent) Giuliani, Ann (Oliver) Filson, Carmel (Fred) Nippet and brother-in-law Robert Ansbaugh. He is survived by his sister Jean Ansbaugh, and brothers Leonardo Contardo, Frank (Marge) Contardo, and sister-in-law Betty Contardo. Joe is also remembered by nieces and nephews, Marjorie Rafftery, Patricia Broyles, Tom (Jean) Brozic, Richard (Carol) Brozic, Mary (John Olive) Brozic, Barbara (James) Schwartz, Patrick (Robyn Roslak) Contardo, Charles (Karen) Contardo, Michael (Marilynn Olsen) Contardo, Paulette Nippet, Craig (Julie) Nippet, Bruce (Joan) Filson, Olivia (Larry) Roberts, Chip (Colleen) Ansbaugh, and Karen (Steven Holbrook) Ansbaugh.

The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff of Marywood and St. Luke's Hospice for their compassionate care and respect given to Joe during the past months. Also to Marley, the visiting dog. Marley brought him unconditional love and playful companionship.

A celebration of life and burial will be held at Calvary Cemetery at a later date.