Joseph A. Sansotta

November 13, 1931 ‒ January 31, 2012

Marion, Ohio

Joseph A. “Big Joe” Sansotta age 80 of Marion passed away Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at his residence. Born in Marion November 13, 1931 to the late Nicola and Catherine (Fuleno) Sansotta. He was a 1950 graduate of Harding High School. Joe attended Kent State University. He was a Army Veteran of the Korean War serving from 1951 thru 1954. Joe was employed by the State of Ohio Department of Right of Way in Delaware, Ohio retiring in 1995. He worked for many years for various realty companies in Marion. He was also owner and operator of Sansotta Appraisal Service and continued that business until 2011. Joe was also a real estate developer and developed areas in Kenton, Ohio and London, Ohio. He was also on the zoning commission in Marion. Joe was a member of St Mary Church, Past member of 4th degree Knights of Columbus. He was past president of Club 75 Dance Club. He loved music, sports and on Sunday afternoons watching his son Nick coach the Jets. On a daily basis he did his tour of Marion. Joe enjoyed traveling to Ft Lauderdale, Myrtle Beach, and Niagra Falls.

Joe is survived by Nicholas A. Sansotta, Joseph A. “Terri” Sansotta, Stanford F. Sansotta, and Debra “Randy” Myers all of Marion, nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. one brother Phillip “Maura” Sansotta of Boise, Idaho, two sisters Eleanor “Troy” Fennig of Decatur, Indiana, Lucrecia Baker of Ft Myers, Florida. Preceding Joe in death are his wife Mary E. Sansotta who passed away August 21, 2009, one daughter Lee Ann Sansotta Stuckert, two brothers Dominic (Mickey) Sansotta, Clarence (Clancey) Sansotta, and one sister Catherine Romeo.

Family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Friday, February 3, 2012 at Gunder/Hall & Folk Funeral Directors with Parish Prayers at 4:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 AM Saturday, February 4, 2012 at St Mary Church with Father Michael Nimocks officiating. Burial will follow in Marion Cemetery with the Marion County United Veterans Council conducting Military Honors. Memorial contributions may be made to Marion General Hospital Hospice, Marion Catholic High School or the Knights of Columbus. Condolences may be expressed to the family at

  • rimani in pace grande joe,
    you were much more than a grandfather to me you were my friend, their are so many memories you shared with me threw the years. you taught me so much and shared many stories. you are going to be deeply missed and always loved. you will never be forgotton
    love your grandson justin

  • Uncle Big – a Big Man who would drive by each of his children’s houses every day to check that everything was OK. Then, he would drive to the cemetery to give his acknowledgement to those family members who came before. Now, you will be there for us to say thanks for all the fun and love you gave us! As Justin Sansotta says, “Riposi in pace, Grande Guiseppe!”

  • Although i was never fortunate enough to meet Big Joe, through the countless stories I have heard from his family I am certain today the world has lost a great man, and Heaven’s team has just got a whole lot stronger. He has left behind one big amazing family who undoubtedly will carry on his legacy forever. God Bless

  • I am sorry for your family’s loss. I know Joe will be dearly missed by a lot of people. Stay strong. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Passing on our Condolences. He will be sadly missed from the cousins here in Canada.Attilio & Sara Sansotta, Rocco & Domenica Sansotta.

  • “Big Joe” was a great man and the great number of friends he had was a testimony to that fact. Big Joe is now the one who is truly living. Such a reunion is coming together in glory and Big Joe is now a part of it. My heart goes out to his family and friends. He will most certainly be missed by all of us; but none more than his two sons, Nick and Joe and Deb, his daughter, who told me that Big Joe was her best friend. Jesus bless and comfort you all. Big Joe did not die; he graduated and heaven is a little more blessed now that he is there.

  • Uncle “Big” Joe and Aunt Doris were my Godparents. I am proud of this fact and proud to have been given his Mother’s name. My fondest childhood memories center around my family in Ohio and how we had the biggest Thanksgivings you could ever imagine. Uncle Big Joe was a very blessed man whose children stood by him and loved him and never left him. I will always love my Uncle Big Joe and my heart and prayers go out to the family. I sure wish I could be there with you all during this very sad loss.

  • I didn’t knw big joe all the well but whenever I seen him he was always so nice and smiling its sad to see someone so nice to pass but my dad always told me before he passed that things will get worse before they get better and I believe that big joes passing was the worst and now there is only room for the better. Just know he is in a better place looking down on all his family and friends. love you bo bo terry and ant

  • Mom and I extend our thoughts and prayers to the Sansota family at the loss of ” Big Joe “. He will be sadly missed by all.

  • You are all in my thoughts and prayers. I feel so fortunate to have known Big Joe he was a wonderful man. He was a great inspiration to many.

  • We’re so sorry for your loss of “Big Joe”. Many thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.

  • I was so sad and heartbroken when Joe became so gravely ill. He was always good to my former husband and friend, Bill and especially to my son, Paul. They will truly miss him. Joe always ended our conversations with “God Bless You!” He was truly sincere! My prayers for the family. How lucky he was to have you by his side.

  • Dear Big Joe, I just wanted to say thank you for being such a wonderful uncle. Every time I went to Marion, I was especially happy to see you. In many ways, you were the life of the party at our family reunions. You will be truly missed. May God be with you and your children, the Sansotta family, and all of your loved ones.
    Thanks again,
    Love Suzanne

  • The entire Sansotta family continues in my prayers. Big Joe was an amazingly generous, thoughtful, loyal and humorous man. He will be sorely missed by so many! I feel very honored to have worked with him in the past and to become friends with him and his amazing family. I think of all his many accomplishments, he was most proud of his children. May he sing loud and proud in Heaven as one of God’s special angels.

    Much love to you All!!!

  • Thinking of each of you during this very difficult time. As many others have expressed, I too, feel so fortunate to have known Big Joe and Mary Etta. One of my fondest memories is when Big Joe called Kelsie at Christmas and pretended to be Santa Claus! Oh, how we all laughed and carried on about that…but ultimately it was just Big Joes way of making her feel special…just as he did with so many throughout his life!

  • nick jo ..and family sorry to hear of your loss…Im sure that the whole gang way back in the day are now complete with BIG JOE …god bless …

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We will miss you very much. Valentina and Matthew will always remember your generosity from the bottom of your heart. I will miss you and always remember you of going into Baires and giving me a big hug and a smile. I remember you calling Marchella :). From the bottom of our hearts, we will miss you deeply. :'(

  • Uncle Big Joe:
    You have left us with such fond memories of what a caring person really should be. Not ever living in Ohio, I always looked forward to coming to Marion at Christmas and spending time as your home…you were a great host, always telling great stories. When you found out that I would become a State Trooper in SC, you called me and offered me encouraging words, and you always worried about my safety. You will be greatly missed by everyone. You will always hold a special place in my heart.



  • It is such a tragedy, and it hurts my heart. I will miss him. I am sure he is happy to be in heaven now with Grandma Mary. That’s where I think he really wanted to be. I know it will take some time, but hopefully things can go back to being normal again. This is such a sad loss for myself and the Sansotta family, I give you my condolences. Love and Miss You. God Bless.

  • The last time I was in Marion, I spent a few hours with Joe, at his home, talking about the old days—and sharing stories of our lives. He was a bright and lovely person. He spoke much about his parents and brothers and sisters. He also talked a lot of his own children—-he was very proud and beamed as he spoke of them—-Joe was truely a wonderful family man. My thoughts are with his family, as they mourn his passing and celebrate his life—–God bless.—-( from Simons Town, South Africa )

  • Dera Grandpa big joe, I will miss you much. I regret not being there,but my thought and spirit is there with you.I will miss my trips to ft.lauderdale by the sea every year you was here and going to lunch.I miss your words of wisdom and storys.You had good advise no matter how harsh it was, but in the end i should i have took it and listen to you.I glad we talked last weekend that was nice.Godbless you i miss you very much love your first grandson ason Cristopher Sansotta.

  • Uncle Big Joe was such a thoughtful, caring, and giving person. He left a lasting impression on all who were fortunate enough to meet him. He will be missed by so many. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. God Bless.

  • Big Joe Sansotta loved his family very much and lived for hsi children Nick, Joe, Debbie LeeAnn & Sanford . Family and freidns meant everything to Big Joe.
    When his brother Mickey (my dads best freind ) passed and then Mickey’s & passed on Big Joe stepped up and took legal guardianship of their son his nephew Sanford.
    That sums up what Big Joe was all about..Family! He will be greatly missed and we are all blessed by his positive personality and spirit…Mario G. Sansotta

  • I want to express my deepest condolences to all of you on the loss of your wonderfull father, grandfather, brother, uncle…. Joe had such a deep and positive impact on so many people (including me). He was always there when needed. Many of my fondest memories are from childhood and from stories passed down by my Grandpa Joe and my father Dominic about all the “kids”(cousins). It is hard to believe how time has passed. You are all in my thought and prayers, as are those who have gone before. They are all greatly missed and may we celebrate their lives along with Joe’s. May Joe rest in peace. Love, Gina

  • Deb and Family,

    The Father has used the life of your father for His glory. He will continue to do so in his return to Him.