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Obituary for Joseph Luke Grannen, Sr.
Joseph Luke Grannen, Sr., a long time resident of Vacaville, passed away on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at his home following a long illness. Joe was born February 23, 1925 in Cincinnati, Ohio and was one of seven siblings. Joe was married to his wife and love of his life, Corinne, for 62 years. He is survived by his son, Joseph Luke Grannen, Jr. (Karen); daughter, Kathy Robison (Ron); Daughter-in-law, Katie Johnson (Gary); Grandchildren, Nick, Alicia, Jill, Amanda, Amy, Julie and Tom; Great Grandchildren, Emma, Aiden, Ireland, Zach and Macy. We can’t forget about his “furry” best friend and companion, Lacy. He is also survived by siblings, Patsy Jacobs, Edward Grannen, Jr. and Nancy Dreisbach – all of Ohio; many nephews, nieces, and sister-in-law Marilyn Mazzarella (Al). Joe also had a broad circle of wonderful friends.
He was pre-deceased by his son, Michael Patrick Grannen; grandson, Ryan Grannen; brother James Grannen, and sister Mary Grannen. His sister, Ann Geers, passed away 15 min after Joe on Tuesday in Springfield, Ohio. We believe they went to Heaven together!
Joe attended St. Peter and Paul Grade School, St. Frances de Sales Latin School and Purcell High School. He joined the Navy and was assigned to the Seabees. After the war, he earned his degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Cincinnati.
His first job was with Westinghouse in Pittsburgh, PA. He worked in Buffalo, NY and then Houston, TX and met his loving wife Corinne in New York City. They were married February 14, 1953 (Valentine’s Day) and lived in Landsdale, PA. Joe then worked for Campbell Soup and they moved to Delanco, NJ. In 1959, he was offered a position at Basic Vegetable Co as Project Engineer in Vacaville and retired from there after more than 30 years of service.
He enjoyed skiing, sailing, tennis and, in his later years, golf. He was a gifted writer with a dry sense of humor. He also loved to tinker around the house, woodworking and “dreamed” of playing the guitar. Most of all he cherished his wife and family.
A Mass of Resurrection will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 24th at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 350 Stinson Ave., Vacaville - reception will immediately follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Northbay Hospice & Bereavement, 4520 Business Center Drive, Suite 160, Fairfield, CA 94534.