On Tuesday, June 4, 2019, Joseph (Joe) Anthony Sitra, devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, passed away at the age of 81. Joe was born on September 9, 1937 in Brooklyn, NY as a first-generation American to Italian and Polish immigrants, Joseph and Estelle Sitra.
After high school, his parents and some of the family moved to Hollywood, FL where he met the love of his life, Jane (Wilson). They were married on August 21, 1959 and were together through love for over 60 years.
During his career, Joseph started two successful air conditioning and refrigeration businesses, Sitra for Service Inc. and Sitra Distributing Company, which served several Florida counties for decades. His sons followed in his footsteps by running businesses in the same field. He was an avid investor and deemed civic and political activities to be very important. He was a proud Republican and American who worked all his life to achieve the ‘American Dream’.
In 2007, Joe retired to Ocala, FL with his wife to enjoy the serene rural life. A supporter of animal rights, he and his wife looked after sand hill cranes, koi fish, deer, and countless wildlife in their own back yard. Throughout his retirement, Joe developed friendships and conversed with hundreds of people from all around the world.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Jane A Sitra; daughter, Josette Sitra Gillette; son-in-law, Kevin Gillette; grandchildren, Kevin Gillette, Jr., Krystal Arvelo; grandson in law, Manuel Arvelo; son, Joseph Sitra, Jr.; daughter-in-law, Joann Sitra; grandchildren, Justine Medina; and grandson in law, Josh Medina; great grandchildren, Aiden, Calvin and Zera Medina; son, John Sitra; daughter in law, Kimberly Sitra; grandson, John Sitra, Jr.; great grandchildren, John Sitra, III, Joshua Sitra; grandson, Vincent Sitra; grandson, David Sitra, grandson, Nicholas Sitra; daughter, Jill Rosco; son in law, Steve Rosco; grandson, Matthew Palmieri, IV; great grandchildren, Matthew Palmieri, V and Scarlett Palmieri; grandsons, Mark Palmieri, Robert Rosco; granddaughter in law, Brook Lyn Rosco; great grandchildren, Brett and Zoey Rosco.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Estelle Sitra; and by his younger brother, David Salvatore Sitra.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10am on Monday, June 10, 2019 at Our Lady of the Springs Catholic Church, 4047 NE 21st St, Ocala, FL 34470 with Fr. Justin Vakko presiding. A visitation will be held on from 5-8 pm on Sunday, June 9, 2019 at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, Ocala, 910 E Silver Springs Blvd. with a Wake Service at 7pm. Entombment will be at Highland Memorial Park immediately following the services.