Longtime restaurateur, educator and coach Joseph Geo dies

Born in Joseph F. Geo in La Trobe in the 1930s and 1940s was immersed in the restaurant business because his parents ran an old-fashioned Italian café, according to his daughter, Cheryl Ann Jiu Hollin.

Therefore, when he became an adult and worked as a teacher, it was not too difficult to be the owner and operator of Jioio’s Italian Take Out, as well as the owner of Jioio’s Italian Corner in Latrobe. He enjoyed the restaurant business, and his son, Anthony, owned Jioio’s Family Restaurant in the Carbon neighborhood of Hempfield.

Jiwu, 88, of Greensburg, died Sunday at his home.

He was born on August 13, 1933 in La Trobe, the son of the late Fred and Elvira Desimone Gio.

He graduated from Latrobe High School and attended Clarion State College, then graduated from California State College with a degree in education. While in California, he played football during the 1951 season.

Jioio served with the U.S. Army Military Police in Washington, D.C. — an episodic position because he met a young secretary from Brownsville, Shirley Ann Yarop, who was working for the FBI, Howlin said. The couple fell in love and married in June 1956.

He began teaching at Janet High School, where he also worked as an assistant football coach in high school, and was a volunteer youth baseball coach at West Janet.

“The sport was important to him,” Houlin said.

Howlin said he took a job in the Hempfield Area School District, where he was a lumber shop teacher at Stanwood Junior High School. Howlin said he’s been in the Hempfield area for 30 years, and retired in 1989.

He was so talented a carpenter that he was a carpenter for Sister Anita Schulte, a Sister of Charity, at Seton Hill Montessori School in Greensburg.

He was a member of the Diocese of St. Paul in Carbon and St. Vincent of Divine Mercy Novenas.

“They were very religious parents,” Howlen said.

He loved growing vegetables in his big garden. He had such big tomatoes and zucchini, said Hollin.

Hollin said the nine children grew up in a very loving family that always had “plenty of food.”

He was preceded in death by his wife, sister and grandson in 2016.

Surviving are his nine children, Cheryl Ann Hollen (Arthur) of Okeechobee, Florida, Rene Schrecker of Monroeville, Lisa Geo (Darlene) of Janet, Joseph A. Geo (Sandy) of Palm Beach, Florida, Michelle George (David) Bean Township, Cassandra Quakzala-Judd (Chan) from Greensburg, Anthony “Tony” Geo (Annette) from Hempfield and Annette Moore (Sean) and Danielle Gio, both from Greensburg; 22 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and sister.

Friends will be greeted 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Leo M. Bacha Funeral Home Inc., 516 Stanton St., Greensburg. Prayer will begin at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home, followed by a funeral service celebrated at 10 a.m. in St. Paul Parish, Carbon.

Vincent’s Cemetery will follow the Shrine of Mary the Mother of Mercy, Unity Town, with full military honors by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 33 Honor Guard in Greensburg.

Joe Nabcha is a Tribune Review writer. You can reach Joe at 724-836-5252, jnapsha@triblive.com, or via Twitter .

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