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September 14, 2008

Joe Wilson here, class of '72.
I read in the Bellingham Herald today that Joseph (Joe) Michael Anzalone (Mater Cleri class of '73) died of heart failure Sep 5, 2008 in Copala, Mexico. Memorial services at St Patrick's in Spokane. He had been living in Bellingham for a number of years, so a celebration of his life will be held in Bellingham at a later date yet to be announced.

There is a photo on the Bellingham Herald website submitted by one of Joe's friends that show's Joe on his motorcycle getting ready to take off for Mazatlan. I don't know how current the photo is, but I attached a copy.


Hi. I just heard that Joe Anzalone died of a heart attack on September 5, 2008, in Mazatlan, Mexico, where heís been living for the past 12 years.  I spoke to his mother who filled me in briefly about his life.  She said he left Mater Cleri at the end of his first semester there.  He had an uncle who bought Joe and his siblings snow ski gear and paid for seasonís tickets.  Joe just couldnít pass up the opportunity.  He then went to Gonzaga Prep to complete high school.  From there he went to Bellingham, WA, to attend Western Washington University.  He settled there, raised a son and step-daughter, and owned a custom framing business.  He also bought property and homes to fix up.  He moved to Mazatlan where he bought a couple of houses that he fixed up and rented out. 

On either October 3rd or 4th, the family will have a Memorial Mass and luncheon at St. Patrickís Parish, 5021 N. Nelson, Spokane.  A Celebration of Life is planned in Bellingham on October 10th.  I will try to let you know the day and time they finalize for the Memorial Mass.  His parents, Joe and Myrna, reside at 4523 W. Northwest Blvd., Spokane, WA, 99205.   

I was unable to find an email address for Larry Grayhek.  I believe they went to grade school together at St. Patís.

Paul McDonnell


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