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Obituary for Joseph Samuel Capizzi

Joseph Samuel Capizzi, 76, of Indiana, died January 4, 2023 at Indiana Regional Medical Center surrounded by family. Born June 1, 1946, in Indiana, he was a son of the late Espedito Senes Capizzi and Ida Celia (Luczak) Capizzi. Joseph married Celesta Isabel (Smith) Capizzi, of Indiana, spending over 52 years together.

Joseph was a 1964 graduate of Indiana Area High School. After graduation he attended IUP, and went on to work as an auto-mechanic for Fleming Motors, Evergreen Motors, and Capizzi Automotive Repair.

He truly loved music, playing the trumpet and cello during his time at IUP. Joseph also enjoyed archery, stock car racing, playing pool, and cars, especially his 1985 Corvette.

In addition to his wife, Celesta, Joseph is survived by his daughter: Jennifer Capizzi Opalka, & her husband John, of Dingmans Ferry, PA; and his 5 grandchildren: Emma Leskin, Samantha Opalka, Bryn Leskin, Melissa Opalka, and Brennan Leskin. He will also be remembered by his brother, Samuel F. Capizzi & his wife, Becky; as well as his nephew Anthony L. Capizzi & his wife Kristy.

Joseph was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Leonard Capizzi; aunt, Antonetta Capizzi; uncles: Calogero Capizzi and Samuel Capizzi; father-in-law, Arthur Smith; mother-in-law, Celesta C. Smith, and sister-in-law, Florence Tischbein.

Friends will be received Saturday, January 7th, 2023 from 1:00 until 2:30 PM at Rairigh-Bence Funeral Home & Crematory of Indiana, 965 Philadelphia Street, with the funeral service immediately following at 2:30 PM officiated by Pastor Patrick Lenox.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be may to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital: 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or Trinity United Methodist Church: 398 Church Street, Indiana, PA 15701

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