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1931 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
July 25, 1931 - December 11, 2018 OKLAHOMA CITY Joseph Tornello was born July 25, 1931 in Philadelphia, PA the son of Sicilian immigrant parents Michele and Maria (Condolfo) Tornello. He passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 11th, 2018, at the age of 87. Joe became a professional musician at age 14. He played all the woodwinds but the sax was Joe's great love. He was a member of the Air Force Band during the Korean War. The end of the war brought Joe to Tinker Air Force Base in MWC, OK. He worked for the FAA for 29 years. After retiring from the FAA he had a career as an instructor in computer programming at OCCC. Joe is survived by his wife, Pam; sons, Danny Tornello and his wife Cheri, Richard Tornello and his wife Karen and Todd Briscoe and his wife Felisa; daughter, Diana Lee Scott and her husband Chris Shirley; 14 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Jane Susan Tornello in 1957. A memorial visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Saturday, December 15th, at Vondel Smith Mortuary North, 13125 N. MacArthur Blvd. Private inurnment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. You may leave your condolences at www.vondelsmithmortuary.com www.vondelsmithmortuary.com
Published in The Oklahoman on Dec. 13, 2018
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