Joseph A. Gissy

Born: Fri., Sep. 28, 1928
Died: Mon., Mar. 25, 2013


4:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Sun., Mar. 31, 2013
Location: Roberts Funeral Home and Crematory

Funeral Mass

11:00 AM Mon., Apr. 01, 2013
Location: St John the Baptist RC Church

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Joseph Anthony Gissy, 84, of Starke and Dunnellon, FL., passed away late in the evening of Monday, March 25.  He died somewhat peacefully from a heart attack while in the care of Seven Rivers Hospital, Crystal River, FL., where he was being treated for pneumonia and an earlier mild heart attack.

Joe was born on September 28, 1928 in Lewis County, WVA, ("West by God Virginia" as he would say).  He was the youngest of five children, born from the union of Jacob Lawrence Gissy and Genevieve Droppleman Gissy, both life-long residents of that part of West Virginia.

Joe graduated from St. Patrick’s High School in Weston, WVA in 1946 and entered the US Marine Corps shortly thereafter.  After his military service, he received a degree in Forestry from the University of WVA in Morgantown in 1954.  In 1951 he married Mary Catherine Kreyenbuhl, whom he met at a square dance three years earlier.  They had their first daughter, Karen, while still working on his degree.  His first job as a forester brought him to White Springs, FL where Michael was born.  He then transferred to Waycross, GA where Jimmy, Cindy and Denise were born.  Joe and Mary then moved their family to Starke, FL in 1960 where he worked for Container Corporation of America for the rest of his career.  Timmy and Donald were both born in Starke.  

Joe retired in 1986 and spent his remaining years actively involved in community service.  He worked for a time at the Telegraph and was a very active member of St. Edward’s Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, the American Legion Post 56, the Bradford County Food Pantry and many other civic organizations and causes.  Joe and Mary were instrumental in bringing the singer/songwriter/performer James Rogers to Starke for a benefit concert, which has since become an annual fundraising event for the Food Pantry for the last 25 years.

Even though they still have their house and many friends in Starke, in 2008 Joe and Mary moved to Dunnellon, FL to be closer to their children.  They continued to be very active citizens with St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and other organizations in Dunnellon.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Catherine (Kreyenbuhl) Gissy, and all of their seven children; daughter, Karen Johnson (Jodie) Gainesville, FL; son, Michael (Sonja Biggs) Orlando, FL; son, Jimmy (Brenda) Orlando FL; daughter, Cindy Merrilees (Jay) Fleming Island, FL; daughter, Denise Cahoon (Lonnie) Orlando, FL; son, Timmy (Kay) Orlando, FL and son, Donald (Susan) Crystal River, FL.  The seven children are all married and raising his 17 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

A Viewing with be held on Sunday evening, March 31, from 4pm – 6pm at Roberts Funeral Home, 19939 East Pennsylvania Ave., Dunnellon, FL.  (352-489-2429).  A Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, April 1, at 11am at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 7525 S. US Hwy. 41, Dunnellon, FL.  (352-489-3166).

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Bob & Carol Milner
   Posted Wed March 27, 2013
Mary & family,
We were so saddened to hear of the passing of our great friend and neighbor. But we are thrilled that he and Mary came over and visited last week while at their Starke home. It seemed the window washing really left him tired and short of breath but unaware of how serious his condition was. While we have many great memories of you two and the family, that visit will always be extra special given the short time Joe had before meeting our Lord. You know we love you all as we do our own family and are praying God's strength and peace to all of you and pray that he allows you to remember all the great memories of Papa Joe through the years. This world, and Starke, Fl. in particular is a much better place because of Joe.

Don and Esther Hardy
   Posted Wed March 27, 2013
Dear Mary and the entire Gissy family,

Esther and I wish to express our heartfelt sympathy to you all during this time of grief following Joe's passing. Please know that you are in our hearts and prayers. We are blessed to have known such a wonderful man as Joe for all these years. No one could have asked for a better neighbor than Joe Gissy. And not just Joe, but Mary and all the Gissy family for that matter. And not just the Gissys of Debra Street but the Gissys of Walnut Street way back when.

We love you and sincerely hope and trust that God's comfort will be upon you during this time.

Maureen Kraus Gildein
   Posted Wed March 27, 2013
Dear Mary and family,
We have a very heavy heart tonight. We will treasure our visit to Gissy Springs and great times at family reunions. We all know Joe is visiting with family in Heaven. Praying for you. Love, Maureen and Jim

Dave and Joy Fatula
   Posted Thu March 28, 2013
Denise and family,
I am so sorry for your sudden loss of your father. My thoughts and prayers have been with you for the past couple of days!!
Much love

Sonja and Ned Otto
   Posted Fri March 29, 2013
Dear Denise and all your family,
I am so terribly sorry for the sudden loss of your precious father.
I know you are all devastated.
I praying for you all to have peace with this loss, especially your mom.
They always looked so happy to be together and enjoy their family.
It will be a large empty space in your lives but you are so fortunate to have had such a wonderful man as your father.
I have you all in my thoughts and prayers.
God Bless and keep you all in His presence.

Carolyn & Bob Blakewood, Savannah, GA
   Posted Fri March 29, 2013
The words necessary to express one's true feelings, at a time like this, are hard to come by! Just let me say, "The Blakewood's have lost a really close and dear personal friend". Joe, Mary and three of their daughters visited us in Savannah, GA to enjoy the St. Patrick's Day Parade held on Saturday, March 16, 2013. As they departed on Sunday there were the usual hugs and kisses. I shook Joe's hand, hugged him and told him I loved him, he replied "Me To". That's the Joe Gissy that we'll keep in our hearts and memory. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family and we pray God will give you all the strength to cope with this tragedy.

Wilshire and Virginia Walkup
   Posted Fri March 29, 2013
Dear Mary and Family,

We are saddened to hear of your loss, but know Joe is in the hands of our Lord and Savior. He was a devoted husband and father who will be missed by all. Mary, I know you could not have raised your wonderful children without Joe's support and help. Both of you were quite a team to raise seven wonderful, successful children. I feel certain you will carry on giving advice and love with him in spirit.

Love and Prayers to all.

Scott and Karen Williams
   Posted Mon April 01, 2013
Dear Denise and family,
Keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers. Praying for a peace that passes all understanding. Much Love

Leslie Andree
   Posted Mon April 01, 2013
Tim and all of the family,

My prayers and thoughts are with you.

Jennie Chiles
   Posted Mon April 01, 2013
Denise and Family,

So sorry for your loss. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

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