Joseph A. Vampola, “Big Joe”

Joseph A. Vampola, “Big Joe”

August 21, 1934 – August 9, 2019

Preceded in death by parents, Anna and John; sisters: Anna Marie, Agnes, and Mary Lou; brothers, John and Herman; granddaughter, Tari Lynn; and great-great-grandson, Enzo.

Survived by wife of 66 years, Janice; children: Mary Ann Duffy (Ben), Kathleen Alexander (Keith), Susie Barrett (Barney), Joey Vampola (Susy), Barbara Jean Vampola, Jerri Stafford (Larry), Judy Polsley, Barbara Lynn Cone (Danny), Michael Vampola, Ronnie Vampola (Kandi), and Nathan Vampola (fiancée, Ashton); 28 grandchildren and spouses; 53 great-grandchildren; and 4 great-great-grandchildren; sisters: Rosemary Probst, Dolores Kaluza (John), Joan Vance (Ralph), Jean Garcia (Ben), Kathleen Vampola; many nieces, nephews and cousins. Served in the United States Navy Reserves.

Family receives friends on Tuesday, August 13th from 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel, followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm.  FUNERAL SERVICE: Wednesday, August 14th at 11am, West Center Chapel.  Memorials may be directed to the family.



  • Rhonda Wilson-Duffy Posted August 11, 2019 12:11 pm

    All my love and support for the Vampola family in their time of sorrow and always.

  • Cindy Jones Posted August 11, 2019 1:37 pm

    Entire Vampola family in our prayers

  • Bill Watson Posted August 11, 2019 2:47 pm

    Thoughts and prayers for all of the big family. Big Joe was a good man. Everyone was family to him and Janice. I have so many memories of all the good times we all had. Sure will be missed but never forgotten.
    Bill Watson

  • Carrie Pau Posted August 11, 2019 4:32 pm

    Missing my Uncle Joe so much. Love to Aunt Janice, all my cousins and the rest of the family. Keeping you all in our prayers during this time.

  • Mere Bradley Posted August 11, 2019 8:55 pm

    My thoughts and prayers to the entire family for comfortable this time of loss. I hope that God fills your hearts with wonderful memories and live bf times that were shared.

  • Dennis & Terri Hirschbrunner Posted August 11, 2019 9:45 pm

    Our thoughts & prayers go out to the entire family. May you find comfort in the wonderful memories you all share.

  • Ginger Wiley Posted August 12, 2019 8:19 am

    Prayers and love to all of you. I wish I could be there. So many good memories of Uncle Joe and the entire family.

  • Joy Vance Posted August 12, 2019 8:51 am

    My heartfelt condolences to this loving family. Uncle Joe was such a great man and will be missed dearly. My thoughts, prayers and love goes out to the entire Vampola family <3

  • Debbie Scott Posted August 12, 2019 1:11 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Vampola family.
    Tim and Debbie Scott

  • Bill & Lisa Diederich Posted August 12, 2019 4:36 pm

    Our Thoughts & Prayers to all during this time. He will be missed!
    With Sympathy,
    Billy & Lisa

  • David Randall Posted August 12, 2019 5:03 pm

    Rest in peace Big Joe! Sending love and prayers to you and your great family! David Randall

  • Kathy Sanford Posted August 12, 2019 5:15 pm

    I have so many memories of Joe that I couldn’t possibly mention all of them. I remember eating pheasant during hunting season; I remember the many trips to Mother Cabrini Shrine; I remember trips down the mountain from Central City; I remember him getting mad at my mom when she and Jan stayed out too late; and on and on and on. I feel very blessed to have grown up with the Vampola family. As an only child, it was always delightful being over at their house with all the chaos (and I mean that in a fun way). Joe will be missed. He may be tipping a beer with my mom about now. My prayers go out to Jan and the entire family. Love you all so much!! Wish I could be there with you, but my work schedule just won’t allow it.

  • Wava Holzhey Wageman Posted August 12, 2019 6:35 pm

    My love and blessings to you, Janice and your wonderful family. My prayers for you all as you comfort each other, in God’s name.

  • Shelli sneed n family Posted August 13, 2019 6:38 am

    Prayers, love n sympathy to the Vampolas at this rume

  • Jen Masilko Posted August 13, 2019 4:29 pm

    Nate, we were so incredibly sad when Evan told us about your grandpa. I know he was so much more than just a grandparent and my heart breaks for you sweetie. I am grateful that you have Ashton and your many great friends and family to help you through this really tough time. We will continue to pray for you and your family.
    Nate, we are sending you so much love. Jen and Larry Masilko

  • John Cherek Posted August 13, 2019 8:33 pm

    Janice & Family
    May God bless Big Joe ! To Janice and all the wonderful children and grandchildren, Please “Celebrate Big Joe’s Life” He was an amazing “Man” and Him and Janice raised an amazing Family .
    Love You Guys John & Marcy Cherek

  • Kevin Minino Posted August 14, 2019 7:29 am

    Janice , thoughts and prayers to you and your family .

  • Ken and Laura Kohrt Posted August 14, 2019 2:27 pm

    Laura and I are saddened to hear of the loss of Big Joe. Our prayers are with all of you. May your memories and the love of your family give you strength.

    Kenny and Laura

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