Joseph "Joe" S. Martinelli


August 4, 1948 ~ February 19, 2021

Born in: Pueblo, Colorado
Resided in: Pueblo, Colorado

Joseph “Joe” S. Martinelli, 72, born Aug. 4, 1948, departed Feb. 19, 2021. His battle with leukemia in recent years showed his courage in facing life challenges with a smile. Despite the pain, Joe came out a hero and stayed strong until the end. Preceded in death by his father, Joseph Martinelli; mother, Steffie West; sister, Floreen Dawson; nephew, Bobby Curtis; and father-in-law, John Starcevich. Survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Joan Martinelli; sisters, Roseann (Bob) Curtis, Debbie Adrian and MaryAnn Ingles; along with numerous loving nieces and nephews; great-nieces and great-nephews; mother-in-law, Kathleen Starcevich; sisters-in-law, Bernadette (Danny) Spinuzzi and Christine (Steve) Doan; and special cousin, Frank Cirullo. Respectfully, the family would like to express their deepest gratitude to Cathy, Jan, Joanne, Karen, Nancy and Rosalie for being devoted caregivers.
Joe lived a fulfilling life as a devoted husband, brother, uncle and friend to all. He was honored to serve the Shrine of Saint Therese Catholic Church for over 20 years. Joe will be remembered for his kind nature, gentle demeanor and humorous personality. His cheerful attitude and bright blue eyes will be missed by all. Joe’s unconditional devotion for his wife serves as a reminder that love lives on forever.
Due to COVID-19, private services will be held with livestreaming at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 26, 2021, on St. Therese Catholic Church YouTube link. Online condolences,


Private Family Service: February 26, 2021 10:00 am

Private Family Service: February 25, 2021 6:00 pm

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  1. Dear Joanie,

    I’m very sad that the many miles that separate us has caused us to lose touch. I knew Joe had been ill but was unaware of the severity of his illness and was very sorry to hear of his passing. I watched his live-streamed funeral service yesterday from South Carolina. It was a lovely service and a blessing to be able to watch. Praying you and all who love Joe will be comforted in knowing he is now free from pain in his heavenly home.


  2. Joanie and family I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one. May God Bless you and your family in your time of need. Sue Turner

  3. Joan we are so sad to here of Joe’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Joe was beautiful person, he always had a warm smile and twinkle in his eye. May God bless you at this difficult time.

  4. Joan, my thoughts and prayers are with you during this time and beyond. I was truly blessed the day I met 2 of the most caring individuals – you and Joe. His kindness and compassion were always so evident through his actions, and I know that Joe is watching over you. Know that I am here, a phone call away. God Bless.

  5. Joanie,
    So sorry to hear about Joe. I am glad I was able too see him when I was home a few years ago. Wish he would have got the chance to see the kids in person. Our prayers are with you.
    Nick, Michelle, Nico and Mila Cirullo

  6. I also knew Joe from Sperry/Unisys. He was a truly nice guy, very easy to talk to and have a laugh with. My deepest condolences to his family, you were so very lucky to have had him. Heaven will surely reward him for being so faithful to St. Therese. God speed, Joe, and God bless.

  7. With my deepest love and sympathy for you Joanie. Joe was a very special man. Even though he was sick he never complained and still made me laugh & when I got in trouble he hid behind a paper laughing at me! Joe was one of a kind and always put family first.
    I love you my sweet sister-in-law. I wish you comfort, strength and peace through this difficult time.

  8. Joanie,

    I’m so very sorry for your loss. Joe held a very special place in my heart and always will. He was such a kind hearted person and will be missed. Sending all my love to you and your family during this difficult time.

    Love you,

  9. Joanie, I’m saddened to hear of Joe’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of grief. May the joyful memories of your love and time together help you through difficult times.
    With love,
    Judy Ivan

  10. Joan,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Joe was an awesome man and I remember you both fondly. I know you will miss him dearly. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Kathy Brassea -Atencio

  11. Joanie my deepest condolences in the loss of joe (Sammy) Working with Joe at Sperry was a joy his laughter and smile . He alway had a great sense of humor even when he was sick he still had that sense of humor. It was such a blessing to know such a wonderful person. He always showed his love for you by his action and words. Heaven Has received a precious angel in him . Her will be dearly missed why everyone that knew him. You are in my prayers if there’s anything you need let me know

  12. Dear Joan and family,
    Our hearts are broken as yours. We are so sad to lose such a wonderful friend. He was the best of the best! His kind spirit will remain with us. We wish you peace in knowing you will be together again.
    Jack and Linda

  13. My condolences to Joe’s wife and family, I remember Joe from my years working at Sperry. Joe was very mellow guy and always had a smile when greeting you at work or on the street. He was truly one of the GOOD guys!

  14. Words cannot express the deep sorrow I feel for such a precious cousin. I watched you grow up along
    with my brother, and what a wonderful young man you became. You were such a kind and gentle
    soul and will be missed by all who knew and loved you. You suffered with such dignity and courage and I know that there are many loved ones waiting to greet you in Heaven, especially your Mom.
    You and Joan were such a beautiful and devoted couple and great fun to be around. You are now resting in God’s Loving Arms. May God Bless Joan and give her peace and comfort.
    Cousin Carolyn (Cirullo) Tollefson. Love you always.

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