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Columbia Missourian

Joseph Giangiacomo, July 24, 1941 — March 12, 2013, of Columbia

By Heartland Cremation & Burial
March 15, 2013 | 5:25 p.m. CDT

Joseph Giangiacomo, M.D., 71, of Columbia entered into eternal paradise Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at home surrounded by his family.

A funeral mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 23, 2013, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Columbia. His interment will be later this summer in his birthplace.

Joseph was a descendant of the Giangiacomo family of Fresagrandinaria, Abruzzi, Italy that immigrated to the United States in 1929. He was born in Pottstown, Pa., on July 24, 1941, to the late Valentino and Margaret Giangiacomo. He was the youngest brother of Anthony Giangiacomo of Birdsboro, Pa., Donald Giangiacomo of Pottstown, Pa., and his late sister, Marie Vivian Giangiacomo.

Joseph graduated from St. Pius X High School in 1960, Mount St. Mary’s College of Maryland in 1964 and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 1968. He completed his medical residency in pediatrics at St. Louis University in 1971 and in ophthalmology at the University of Missouri in 1980. Joseph was a Professor of Ophthalmology at the Mason Eye Institute at the University Hospital for 33 years. Dr. G was a caring physician to thousands of patients and proud teacher of his ophthalmology residents.

Joseph’s passion for medicine was only surpassed by his love for his family. He is survived by Beverly, his devoted wife of 43 years, his forever grateful children, Bart (Lisa), Amy (Allen), Annette, Damian (Carolyn) and Brett (Faye), his adoring grandchildren, Josephine Giangiacomo, Luciano Giangiacomo Hendricks, and Deborah, Swezen and Erica Kizito, his cherished fratelli Anthony and Donald, and his beloved aunt Mary (Giangiacomo) Finn. He was predeceased by his uncles John, Father Tosello, and William and aunt Florence.

In lieu of flowers, Joseph requested donations be made to the Giangiacomo Endowment in Ophthalmology (address: Mason Eye Institute, Joseph Giangiacomo MD Endowment, One Hospital Drive DC052.11, Columbia, MO 65212).

“Our plans are not God’s plans and accepting the journey comes with time and faith.” – J.G.