Jody Todaro
Jody Todaro
  • February 25, 1940 - November 25, 2017
  • College Station, Texas

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Joe "Jodie" Todaro, Sr., 77, passed away Saturday, November 25 with his bride, Laura Todaro in his arms.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, November 30 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Rev. Msgr. John McCaffrey officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Wednesday with a rosary service at 7:00 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Chapel in Bryan.
Joe was born February 25, 1940 in Caldwell the son of Jasper and Grace (Accurso) Todaro. He grew up on a farm where he helped with many chores including picking cotton and milking cows. He went to Caldwell High School and then studied a year at Texas A&M. Joe enlisted in the Air Force but was discharged for a medical issue. He married the love of his life, Laura in 1961 and they soon started a family together. He started his career in the meat industry where he worked his way to owning his own business by the early 70s. He met many people as his businesses grew. It was common for close friends and relatives to stop by and ask him to go for an afternoon pie and coffee break at the local caf. Joe was a very hard worker and put in many hours every day to make sure everything was done the right way. As busy as he was, he also found time to stay engaged in his family's life in many ways such as coaching little league for several years. Although Joe had a serious side to him, he also had a good sense of humor and loved to joke around with his family.

He later created a business in the cleaning industry in the mid 80s where he eventually retired in 2015. He soon took up vegetable gardening and became very proficient at it. You could find him on his phone calling all his family and friends asking them to come get what they wanted. He particularly loved spending time with Laura in the kitchen making any of her special dishes. This love for each other was truly special. If you visited him at his home, he would want you to sit down and enjoy some of the delicious food they had prepared. Just this past Thanksgiving, he could be found in the kitchen cutting Sfinciuni, Italian pizza, for everyone and making everyone smile. The family get togethers were so meaningful to him.

He loved keeping up with his children and grandchildren and their activities. Whether he was at church, home or work, he was always willing to go out of his way to help others.

Joe loved the Lord, he was active in his Church throughout his life, and was a member of St. Joseph's Church. Joe along with Laura developed a special Christian relationship with Rev. Msgr. John McCaffrey and appreciated his role in strengthening their Christian faith.

Joe is preceded in death by his parents, Jasper and Grace Todaro. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Laura (Grizzaffi) Todaro; sons, Jack Todaro and wife Kelly, Joe Todaro, Jr. and wife Jonna; daughter, Annette White; five grandchildren, Brian Todaro, Courtney Todaro, Michael Todaro, Morgan Todaro and Leonard White; and a brother, Ross Todaro, Sr.

The family would like to express a sincere thank you and gratitude for the waves of support over the past few days.

Memorials may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church, 507 E 26th Street, Bryan, Texas 77803.