Joseph Hanley "Joe" Grove, 73, Altoona, passed away at his home Saturday, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born in Altoona, son of the late Donald K. and Alice L. (Hanley) Grove.
Surviving are his wife of 48 years, Mary Catherine Schnaubelt-Grove; three children: Mary-Margaret (Grove) Morning and husband, Richard, of Cordova, Tenn., Joseph A. Grove and wife, Julie, of Wake Forest, N.C., and Jennifer M. (Grove) O'Dea and husband, Tim, of Eldersburg, Md.; nine grandchildren: Sasha Morning, Richard Morning Jr., Mary-Catherine Morning, Amelia Morning, Samuel Grove, Sydney Grove, Caitlin O'Dea, Emma O'Dea and Henry O'Dea; two sisters: Barbara A. (Grove) Oakes and husband, Dale, of Hanover and Deborah L. (Grove) Leyden and husband, William, of Punta Gorda, Fla.
Joseph was a 1958 graduate of Altoona High School. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Berlin conflict. After his service in the military, he was employed with RCA at Shemya Air Force Base in Alaska. In 1966, he married Mary Catherine Schnaubelt at St. Mary's Catholic Church. For several years, he was the manager of Town & Country Department Store. In 1977, along with his wife, he established Tasty Taco, a local Mexican restaurant. He was a successful businessman and the owner and operator for nearly 20 years. He earned the nickname of "Taco Joe." He later worked for the Pennsylvania State Welfare Office.
Joseph was a devoted Catholic and parishioner of St. Mary's Catholic Church and also belonged to the Bavarian Aid Society. He was a craftsman who enjoyed carpentry and making furniture for his children and grandchildren. A devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather and brother, he enjoyed spending time with his family and laughing with his grandchildren, by whom he was affectionately known as "PopPop."
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 4, 2014, at Myers-Somers Funeral Home Inc., 501 Sixth Ave., Altoona. A funeral Mass notice will appear in Tuesday's Mirror.