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Obituary for Joseph Anthony Profera
Joseph Anthony Profera, age 86 of Lakewood, Colorado, entered into eternal life Tuesday, October 6th at the Collier Hospice Center. He is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Kathleen K. Profera, and his 5 children: Nina Meindl and her husband, Rick; David Profera and his wife, Cynthia; Patricia Profera and her husband, Steve Schultz; JoAnn Frank and her husband, Jerry; Diane Littleton and her husband, David. He is also survived by 14 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren (respectively): Matt Meindl; Lauren Adams and her husband, Ryan; Ryan Profera and his wife, Lindsey; Chris Profera; Joseph Profera and his wife, Tiffany; Jacqueline Profera; Gabriel Frank; Joseph Frank; Aaron Frank; Joshua Frank; Kelly Littleton and her fiancée, Andrew Riggs; Steven Littleton and his wife, Brittany; Morgan Littleton; Mallory Littleton; Robert Littleton; Clayton Adams.
Joe was born in Brooklyn, New York to parents Anthony and Anna Profera of Partanna, Italy. Joe was the youngest brother to Jean Sarrica, Lee Asaro, and Barney Profera, all preceding him in death.
He graduated from Saint Louis University with a BS in Geophysics. He joined the United States Army in 1951 and served during the Korean War as a Second Lieutenant. After his service to his country, in 1954 he married Kay. He began working for the Arco Oil Company as a Geophysicist, doodlebugging in many southern states. They settled in Columbus, Ohio in 1961 when Joe began employment with Rockwell International.
Joe and his family relocated to Denver, Colorado in 1976. He retired in 1991 after 15 years as Project Manager with Martin Marietta. During retirement, he further pursued his interest in the sport of skeet shooting. Joe was inducted into the Colorado Skeet Hall of Fame in 2007. In addition to skeet shooting, Joe enjoyed hunting, tennis, golf, Bridge and reading. Joe had a strong but gentle nature and a good sense of humor. He was generous, patient, and hardworking. He was Kay’s knight in shining armor, and an inspiration to his children and grandchildren. Joe will be missed by so many whose lives he touched in his 86 years.
The family suggests memorial donations to St. Labre Indian School, P.O. Box 216, Ashland, MT 59003 in Joe's memory.