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Joseph J. Tata

May 19, 1926 ~ January 14, 2024 (age 97) 97 Years Old

Joseph Tata Obituary

Leominster – Joseph (Joe) John Tata, 97, died at home on January 14, 2024

Joe was born in Leominster on May 19, 1926, the son of Michelangelo and Assunta (D’Agostino) Tata. He graduated from Leominster High School in 1944 and from Worcester Junior College with an associate’s degree in accounting in 1946.

He worked as the Manager of Sales Engineering at Ingersoll Rand, where he stayed for 33 years before retiring in 1985. He was a founding member of Leominster Credit Union in 1954, starting as Treasurer and eventually becoming the Executive Vice President and a member of the Board of Directors. He retired from LCU in 1992. He was a firm believer in the importance of family, education, and hard work, which he instilled in all of his children and grandchildren.

Joe met the love of his life, Evelyn May Tisdale, at the Arthur Murray Dance Studio, where he eventually became a part of the dance group The Magic Steppers. Joe and Evelyn’s favorite dance was the waltz, but they also danced the samba, the polka, and the rumba.

He and Evelyn married in October 1957. Over the course of their life together, the couple loved to travel: to Italy, Canada, England, and Scotland. In the U.S., they visited Amish Country, National Parks (Zion, Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon), Gettysburg, Hawaii, and Niagara Falls. They took two Alaskan cruises, many Caribbean cruises, trips to California, and to Florida to Walt Disney World and Club Med with their grandchildren.

Joe was a lifelong parishioner at St. Anna’s Church in Leominster. Following the death of his wife Evelyn in 2005 from cancer, for 10 years he was a member of Lynn’s League, the Relay for Life team created in her memory.

He was an avid gardener and was a member of the Garden Club. He was the happiest in the kitchen and loved to cook for his family. Later in life, Joe started woodworking and made cradles for his grandchildren, bookshelves, tables, planters, and Adirondack chairs.

Joe loved to visit with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and was very proud of them.

Joe is survived by his two daughters Beth A. Tata of Gardner, and Gail M. Markiewicz and her husband, Christopher of Webster; three sons, James R. Tata and his wife, Patricia of Westfield, NJ, Stephen J. Tata and his husband David Iannaccone of Winchendon, Gary P. Tata and his partner Lynne Despres of Leominster; nine grandchildren, Megan Posco, Jesse Posco, Angela Tata, Maria Tata, Joseph Tata, Elliot Tata, Anthony Fratturelli, Anne Marie Markiewicz, and Bradley Markiewicz; two great grandchildren, Cameron Posco and Logan Tata; and several nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his wife Evelyn M. Tata, who died in 2005, and his sister, Anna M. Tata, who died in 2011.

The Tata family would like to thank his wonderful team of caregivers: Kaitlin, Sarah, Lenny, Glenda, and Amanda, as well as many others over the years too numerous to mention. We are also grateful to his neighbors and friends for their acts of kindness.

Joes’ funeral will be held on Saturday, January 20 from the Richardson Funeral Home, 106 West St. Leominster, with a funeral Mass at 11:00 A.M. at St. Anna Church, 194 Lancaster St. Leominster. Burial is private. Calling hours in the funeral home are Friday, January 19 from 5 to 7 PM. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Brookhaven Hospice, 114 Turnpike Road, Suite 206, Westborough, MA. 01581.         

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January 19, 2024

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Richardson Funeral Home
106 West Street
Leominster, MA 01453

Funeral Mass
January 20, 2024

11:00 AM


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