Joseph Sturniolo, W2WLF SK


Joseph L. "Joe" Sturniolo, 91, of Sun City Center, Florida, passed away, Saturday, May 30, 2015 at his home.

Viewing: Hours Wednesday, June 3 between 2 & 4 pm, at Sun City Center Funeral Home, 1851 Rickenbacker Dr.

A celebration of life service will be held at 10:00 am, Thursday, June 4 at Sun City Center Funeral Home, 5535 Water Way, Miami, Florida 33573, Father will be officiating. Burial will follow at National Cemetery in Sarasota. Friends may call from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m., Tuesday at the funeral home.


Joe was born March 24, 1924 in Brooklyn, New York to David and Rachael (nee Cacace) Sturniolo.

He graduated from Erasmus Hall High School in 1942 and from the Kingsborough Community College, City University of New York in 1987 earning two Associate Degrees.

During WWII Joe was drafted. Achieving  the rank of Sargent in the 918th air engineering squadron,  Joe participated in the European Theater for the duration of the war.

On December 30, 1948 he married the former Frances Sarah Lo Verde in Brooklyn. Joe was employed as a radio broadcast engineer and was one of the leading "Group Six" technical managers in Master Control.


He enjoyed working and only retired after several cardiac episodes. He was heavily involved with Amateur Radio, his hobby. As a ham, he achieved the highest License Class: Extra. Joe was a member of the Kings Point Amateur Radio Club (KPARC). He enjoyed reading Naval History books. Joe also enjoyed music and preferred listening to classical, jazz and swing.


Joe is survived by his daughter Carol Ann Piazza, two sons, David and Joseph Sturniolo and his wife Frances of Palermo, Sicily;

four grandchildren, Zachary and Tyler Sturniolo, Christopher and Brian Piazza; two great grandchildren Anthony Joseph and Annamarie Piazza,

David Sturniolo, his brother of Sun City Center, FL and several nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by his parents, David in 1995 and Rachael in 1997.