Artist and veteran Joseph Amore
liked warm weather, hot kitchens
By Christine Cole, SPECIAL TO ORLANDO SENTINEL
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
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
"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
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
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.