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JOSEPH AMORE

Artist and veteran  Joseph Amore
liked warm weather, hot kitchens

By Christine Cole, SPECIAL TO ORLANDO SENTINEL

   In his retirement, Joseph A. Amore carved, drew and planted flowers.  The World War II veteran loved to cook and walk, and he always took his poodle with him.
   The Sanford man died Wednesday of heart failure after making a pot of chicken soup for his family.  He was 83.
   Born and raised in Providence, R.I., he served in te 508th Parachute Infantry of the Army in the European theater, fought in the Battle of the Bulge and was awarded a Purple Heart.
   He met his future wife Stella Kashenenko, accidentally.  She had written to a different Joseph Amore who was also then stationed in Germany. The letter attracted his interest, he wrote back, and theirs correspondence blossomed.
      The couple married in 1949.
   He worked in Providence as a produce manager for a First National supermarket until the chain was sold.
   A trip to Walt Disney World convinced him to move to Florida, a real-estate broker led him to Sanford, and he and his wife moved there in 1988.

   "One trip did it," said his son, David J. Amore of Cranston, R. I. :No more snow to shovel.  Wear a T-shirt, wake up on a winter day and its 70 degrees, that was it."
   Throughout his life, Joseph Amore used his artistic talent which won him acceptance to the Rhode "Island School of Design, to please others.
   Though he never went to the art school, he drew accomplished detail pictures for his children and grand- children.  He carved and painted cartoon figures and airplanes.  He made scale models his Florida house and of the house in Providence where he grew up.
   And always he cooked.
   "He cooked all the time, but he left no recipes,"  said his daughter, Sandra DiRibbio of Oviedo.  "Whatever he made, he made it his own."
   Florida weather allowed him to pursue his other pleasures, walking, gardening and feeding birds year-round his son said.
   "Most of all, he lived kids," his daughter said.  "He was a very loving father and grandfather.  He never let anybody do anything for him.  That's the way he was."
   Amore is also survived by his wife Stella and nine grandchildren.
   Woodlawn Funeral Home in Gotha is handling arrangements.

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