Joseph LaPuma

A memorial graveside service for Joseph V. LaPuma will be held on Saturday, August 6, 2022, at 10:30 a.m. at the Prairie Home Cemetery in Holdrege, Nebraska with Father Jay Buhman officiating. Military Honors will be provided by the Martin-Horn American Legion Post #66 in conjunction with the United States Navy Funeral Honors Team.

     Joseph Vincent LaPuma, 90 years of age, of Alma, Nebraska, formerly of Holdrege, passed away on Saturday, July 30, 2022, at the Good Samaritan Society – Colonial Villa in Alma. Joe was born on April 8, 1932, in Chicago, Illinois, the third of four children born to Saverino and Ann (Stasik) LaPuma. He received his primary education in Chicago and graduated from Taft High School, with the class of 1951.

     On August 25, 1952, Joe enlisted into the United States Navy and was honorably discharged on July 19, 1956.

     On May 9, 1959, he was united in marriage to Helen D. Hupert at the Cook County Court House in Chicago. To this union, seven children were born:  Lois, Renee’, Sherri, Saverino, Howard, Cynthia, and Joanne. The family made their home in Lombard, Illinois, where Joseph was the Electrical Engineer at the Jewel Food Store in Melrose Park, Illinois. During the summers Joe worked at Adventureland where his seven children enjoyed the perks of his job.

     Joe was devoted to his Catholic faith and active in his church. He enjoyed visiting with others, scratching lottery tickets, and eating sweets. Joe’s family was always foremost in his life and he especially loved the time spent with his grandchildren. 

      Besides his wife and parents, Joe was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Pospieszny and her husband, Ray; and one brother-in-law, Mike Fanello.

     Joe leaves to celebrate his life his two sons: Saverino “Sam” LaPuma and his wife, Kris of Minden, Nebraska; and Howard LaPuma and his wife, Charlotte Marie Rux-LaPuma of Roy, Washington; five daughters: Lois Rouhas and her husband, Dennis of Villa Park, Illinois; Renee’ Sell and her husband, Tim of Holdrege; Sherri Emmert and her husband, Christopher of Bumpass, Virginia; Cynthia Taylor and her husband, Glen of Henderson, Colorado; and Joanne Weaver and her husband, Patrick of Surprise, Arizona; 19 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; two sisters: Fran Fanello; and Ann LaPuma-Maeder and her husband, Ron; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

     The family wishes to thank all of those who cared for Joe during his time at the nursing home.

     There will be no visitation or memorial book signing as the family is honoring Joe’s wish for cremation.

     A memorial has been established in Joe’s honor, and kindly suggested to the family for later designation.

     Expressions of caring and kindness can be sent to the family at www.nelsonbauerfh.com 

     The Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege is in charge of the arrangements.