REMEMBERING JOE NORI
Cousin Maryann Ward Downs informed me that her Uncle Joe Nori passed away at his residence in Phoenix, Arizona on January 1, 2020. He was 98 years old.
He was born Joseph Michael Nori in Brooklyn in 1921. His parents were Adolph Nori (1880-1963) and Concetta LaMura (1891-1977).
During World War II, Joe and his brothers Tony Nori (1915-1975) and Bob Nori (1923-2017) served in the Armed Forces. Bob was a prisoner of war at Stalag 17 for 13 months when the B17 he was a crew member of, crash landed behind enemy lines.
Joe and Tony were based in England. Towards the end of the war, Joe met and married Alys Patricia Rance, in England. Alys was born in Bracknell, England on August 29, 1922.
According to Joe, she had been called Peggy all her life. It seems the midwife who delivered her said she looked like a "sweet little Peggy" when she was born and her family adopted that nickname.
Also, she was named after her paternal grandmother whose name was Alice, but her mother used the Welsh version which was Alys. She was a World War Two veteran who packed parachutes in support of the
Battle of Britain in 1940, when she was 18 years old.
The marriage took place in England three weeks after the end of World War Two in Europe, on May 26, 1945. Joe and Alys had two sons and one daughter.
Shortly after her 93rd birthday, Alys passed away on August 31, 2015.
Besides his brothers, Joe had four sisters: Babe Nori Phelan (1911-2010), Adelaide Nori Ward (1914-1979), Frances Nori Adisano (1925-2008), and Mary Nori Williams (1929).
Mary is now the lone surviving sibling.
According to Maryann, Joe was a fine man with a great sense of humor. Right to the end, even though his body began to fail, his smart and active mind was functioning.
That's Joe in the middle, playing a passionate game of poker with his father Adolph and his brothers-in-law John Adisano and Bob Williams.
Maryann with her uncles, Tony and Joe.
Adolph with his sons Joe, Tony and Bob.
Anthony, Adolph and Joseph Nori with Carmela (Babe) Nori Phelan.
Joe and Alys on the left, with Joe's sister Mary and her husband Bob.
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