Joseph Anthony Regini

January 3, 1922 - February 25, 2017
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Joseph Anthony Regini, a lifelong Galvestonian, passed away on Saturday, February 25, 2017, in Jennie Sealy Hospital. He was born January 3, 1922, in Galveston, to Joseph A. Regini, Sr. (Rio Marino, Italy) and Elena (Lena) Tantillo Regini (Palermo, Sicily).

As a World War II veteran, Joe served his country from 1942 to 1945 in the US Army/Air Force as an aircraft mechanic on B-17’s with most of his duty in India. After an honorable discharge, he took over the family grocery store located on the corner of 41st & Avenue Q, Regini’s Grocery. Joe and his wife, Alta, ran the one of many Italian grocery stores for a number of years. He was proud of his meat case and did his own meat cutting. Joe loved to cook and was always ready to help out with preparing a meal at St. Patrick’s or at the Knights of Columbus #787 hall. He was a lifetime member of the K.C.’s #787 and the Elks Lodge #126 Galveston.

In his early days, Joe worked on washers, driers, refrigerators, etc. and was well sought-after for repair work. He took a small engine repair course to work on lawn equipment. He also took a course in Kansas City, MO for the Foley Belsaw Co. to learn to sharpen chain saws, hand saws, circular saws, etc. After that, Joe went to Galveston College and studied air conditioning and refrigeration.

Joe worked for P. H. McKenna Wholesale, the Schlitz Beer Distributor for Galveston County. He worked his way up from driver to Vice President of Sales and retired after 41 years.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, John and Carmello; and his wife, Alta.

He is survived by his daughters, Lois Marie Anthony (Harry) of Texas City; and JoAnne Gilmore (Jim) of Galveston; grandchildren, Lois Marie Waymire (Rob) of Madison, Alabama, and Michael Anthony; great grandchildren, Fiona, Keely, and Aidan Waymire; and his longtime companion, Dorothy (Dottie) Welsh and her family.

Joe’s family will receive visitors beginning at 9:00 am, Friday, March 3, 2017, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 34th & Broadway, in Galveston. A rosary will begin at 10:00 am, followed immediately by the funeral mass with Father EJ Stein, OFM, officiating. Burial will follow the service at Calvary Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Knights of Columbus #787 members: Ron Dyda, Allen Jackson, Mickey Kearney, Brian Kusnerik, Frank Petronella, and Sonny Taormina.

The family would like to extend special thanks to the nurses and staff at Gulf Health Care Center in Galveston, as well as everyone who helped Joe during his illness while at UTMB. And last but not least, the members of Hospice Care Team, Inc.

Memorials may be made to Holy Family Parish or Hospice Care Team, Inc.

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Visitation Information

Date: Friday, March 3, 2017

Time: 9:00 am - 10:00 am

St. Patrick Catholic Church


1010 35th St. & Broadway
Galveston, TX 77550

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Service Information

Date: Friday, March 3, 2017

Time: 10:00 am

St. Patrick Catholic Church


1010 35th St. & Broadway
Galveston, TX 77550

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A rosary will begin at 10:00 am, followed immediately by the funeral mass.

Cemetery Information

Date: Friday, March 3, 2017

Calvary Catholic Cemetery


2506 65th Street, Galveston, TX, 77551

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Born: January 3, 1922
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Mary Jane Torres posted on 3/2/17

My deepest sympathy to the family of Joe Regini my prayers are with you. He was a wonderful person I have very fond memories of him our many conversations he was always so genuine and kind. Having known him and worked with him was an honor he will be missed but always thought of. Many Blessings to you all.


Nancy Burch posted on 3/2/17

So sorry to read of your father's passing. He must have been a wonderful man and lived a very fulfilling life. My mother will be 94 in couple weeks, and ever day I wonder . Prayers for all, Nancy Burch, St.Patrick parishioner


Becky Barnett posted on 3/1/17

I'm so sorry about Joel passing. He was a great guy and we loved having him on our cruise. I love the way he and Monsignor Weardon hit it off. They were quite the team. I know you're going to miss him a lot and I'll be praying for him and your whole entire family.


Crystelle Senna Pierce posted on 2/28/17

So long to my dear friend. You will be greatly missed. Please say "Hi" to my Mom and Dad and of course your buddy Phil. Rest in peace. To Joe's family, my prayers for you. Please know that Joe was a dear friend and I knew him for over 40 years. He always had a smile and a hug for all. He was truly loved by many more than you will ever know. God Bless you all. Please remember the good times with him, for that is what he would want most of all.