02 Dec Joseph Ciavarella
Joseph Ciavarella, 89, of Mandan, passed away on November 30, 2022, in a Mandan Care Center.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Monday, Dec. 5, at 10 a.m. at Church of Corpus Christi with Msgr. Patrick Schumacher officiating. Burial will be held at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan.
Visitation will be held from 3 to 4 Sunday at the Bismarck Funeral Home with a Rosary and Vigil service at 4:00 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church. A livestream of the service will be held on the Church of Corpus Christi website.
Joe was born on Dec. 5, 1932, to Louis and Rose (Swindling) Ciavarella in Mandan, ND. He attended St. Joseph Grade School and graduated from Mandan High School in 1950 before attending Bismarck Jr. College in 1952. Joe played basketball for Mandan High School and Bismarck Jr. College and was selected for the KFYR Radio Station All City Basketball Team in 1950 and on the NJCAA 2nd Team Junior College Regional Tournament.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army in July of 1953 and was Honorably discharged in June of 1955 serving in Korea. In Korea he won the 24th Division Badminton Doubles Championship in 1954.
Joe was employed with the Job Service of ND from June 1950 – July of 1953 part time while attending college and then from June 1955 until his retirement on Dec. 31, 1987. His final position was Program Specialist in the Unemployment Compensation Tax Department.
He was a life member of the American Legion and Mandan Elks and past Adjutant of the Legion and past President of the Job Service Credit Union.
Joe enjoyed many activities including amateur basketball, softball, baseball, volleyball, bowling and spent considerable time fishing and camping with his first wife Betty and family. Joe and Betty traveled often out of state to visit their sons and grandchildren. He was very active at St. Joseph Church as a server and usher. After he retired, he golfed almost daily and bowled in a senior citizen league.
Joe married Betty Belohlavek on June 7, 1957, and after her death on Nov. 21, 2002, he married Carol (Zueger) Birkholz on May 29, 2004.
He is survived by his daughter, Gayle, (friend Randy Cermak); sons, Mark (Shelly) and family, Bradley (Karol) and family; Jaden (Tina Jensen) and family; Carol’s daughter, Shanna (Eric) Vasquez and family, brother-in-law, Herman Dosch; and his many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wives, Betty and Carol, brothers Herman (Adelaide) Tony (Agnus) Ken (Valerie) Leonard (Rosemary) his sisters, Katherine (Adam) Bernhardt, Dorothy (Ralph) Weber, Donna (Leo) Miller, Cecelia Dosch and grandson Derik Ciavarella.