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Joe Agnello, Jr. passed away on April 11, 2004, Easter Sunday morning. Joe is survived by his wife of 62 years, Regina Walla Agnello, and daughters, Rita and husband, Mac Ruffeno, Lucy and husband, Scotty Ray Hanley, JoAnn and husband, Rick Amick, and daughter Theresa Agnello. He is also survived by 9 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Joe was one of five children born to Joseph and Frances Jebbia Agnello in Millican, Texas on September 20, 1912. He was preceded in death by brothers John and Lebon and sisters Janie Failla and Elizabeth Vitale.

During his teenage years, Joe moved to Stafford, Texas, where he remained for 78 years and where his life centered around farming, ranching and real estate investments. In the 1960's, Joe's donation of a portion of his farm land helped to secure the location of Hwy 59, which contributed to the economic prosperity of the Stafford-Sugar Land area.

Through out his lifetime, Joe was involved in the community as a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, Lions Club, Fort Bend Farm Bureau, Stafford Economic Development Council, and Stafford City Council where he was a charter member. He was instrumental in starting the Special Education program at Fort Bend ISD.

At the age of 85, Mr. Agnello was still actively involved in family, ranching, and outdoor activities. He leaves a legacy of hard work and love of his land. Most of all, Joe will be remembered as the most generous, kind-hearted patriarch of the Agnello Family, who was always there to help and care for family and friends. He will be sorely missed, but knowing that he is now with our Lord is a comfort to those who loved him.

Rosary will be recited Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church in Missouri City, TX with visitation immediately following. Funeral mass will be Thursday, April 15, 2004, 10:00 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church in Missouri City, TX. Burial in Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Cemetery in Frelsburg, TX. Henneke Funeral Home, Columbus, TX (979) 732-2143



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