Joseph LaRocca, 82, of Florida City, Fla., joined our Lord in heaven on Oct. 22, 2014 in Syracuse, N.Y. He was known as “Joe LaRock.” He was a true pioneer farmer of Florida City, and the rock for his family.
LaRocca was born in Hannibal, N.Y. to Salvatore and Maria LaRocca on Nov. 17, 1931. He is survived by his loving wife, Frances LaRocca of 58 years; his four daugthers, Angela DelliVeneri, Joann Speers, Anna LaRocca-Hill and Francene Hagarman; sons-in-law, Robert Speers, the late Larry DelliVeneri, Jr., Jeffrey Hill and Kevin Hagarman. He cherished his seven grandchildren, Justin Speers, Kerri Speers, Danielle DelliVeneri, Lawrence DelliVeneri, Matthew Hill, Joseph Hill, Bryce Hagarman and his beautiful great-grandchild, Leah Pacheco Speers.
Visitation was held at Branam Funeral Home, 809 North Krome Avenue, Homestead, Fla., on Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014 from 6 to 9 p.m.
A funeral mass was held at Sacred Heart Church, 106 S.E. Road, Homestead, Fla., on Monday, Oct. 27, 2014 at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at Palms Woodlawn Cemetery located at 27100 Old Dixie Highway, Naranja, FL 33032.
Joe attended high school at both Hannibal High School in Hannibal, and Homestead High School in Homestead, Fla., and graduated in 1949. He began farming at the age of four in upstate New York with his parents, where he would farm during the spring and summer. He also farmed in Florida City during the winter months.
He was a dedicated parishioner of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Homestead, and Our Lady of the Rosary Church, in Hannibal. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Elks Club in Homestead, and recently he and the family were recognized as the Farm Family of the Year by the Florida Farm Bureau.
He loved spending time with his family, traveling the world with his wife, and watching NASCAR races every weekend. He enjoyed spending weeks in Marco Island with family and friends, basking in the ocean, and vacationing at his farm in Upstate New York.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Homestead, Florida “In memory of Joseph LaRocca.”