Joseph I. Tripodi, Jr.

March 21, 1940 - September 11, 2021
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Joseph I. Tripodi, Jr., age 81, of New Philadelphia, passed away peacefully at Community Hospice’s Truman House surrounded by family, on Saturday, September 11, 2021, after a year-long health battle following a stroke on September 11, 2020.

Born in Steubenville, Ohio on March 21, 1940, he was a son of the late Jos…

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Joseph I. Tripodi, Jr., age 81, of New Philadelphia, passed away peacefully at Community Hospice’s Truman House surrounded by family, on Saturday, September 11, 2021, after a year-long health battle following a stroke on September 11, 2020.

Born in Steubenville, Ohio on March 21, 1940, he was a son of the late Joseph Sr. and Mary (Agresta) Tripodi.

Joseph was a 1958 graduate of Steubenville Catholic Central High School. He had tremendous respect and devotion to his friends and classmates. He continued his formal education at the College of Steubenville completing his undergraduate studies in 1963. Then, his education culminated at Pettit College of Law-The Ohio Northern University in 1967 where he received his Juris Doctor.

Joseph was a well-known and respected attorney in New Philadelphia for 54 years. He was a member of both the Ohio State Bar Association and the Tuscarawas County Bar Association. In 2016, he was recognized by the Who’s Who Directories as a Top Attorney in North America. Joe very much loved his career and worked nearly seven days a week right up to the day he suffered his stroke at 80 years of age.

On July 23, 1970, Joseph married his wife Karen (Hunter) Tripodi who precedes him in death. Joe and Karen shared a lifetime of love, laughter, and experiences together. They also worked alongside one another at his law practice for 15 years, where his wife served as secretary.

Joseph was an avid golfer and he was thrilled when his only grandson Cade took up the sport. Joe loved to read books and magazines especially any having to do with World War II or space and aeronautics. He found much joy in the game of bocce and developed great friendships with his many bocce buddies who all participated in many tournaments together.

Joseph was a devoted, supportive, and loving husband, father, and grandfather. He will be deeply missed by his daughters, Danielle (David) Ryan, Julie Tripodi, both of New Philadelphia, and Debora Jo Tripodi of New York City, NY; grandchildren, Giordana “Jordan” Gasser and her husband Edwin Siwkowski of Warsaw, Poland, Sophia Gasser, Cade Gasser, Bianca Tripodi, and Talia Pershing, all of New Philadelphia; step-grandchildren, Kayla and Morgan Ryan; sisters, JoAnn (Melvin) Gorsich, Dora (John) Foley, both of Steubenville, and Mary Pozzuoli of Smithfield, OH; many nieces and nephews; caregiver, Kathy Cabbage; and devoted secretary, Janice Christmas.

In addition to his parents and wife, Joseph was preceded in death by a grandson Von Louis Gasser, and a brother Louis P. Tripodi.

A memorial gathering will take place in the Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory at New Philadelphia, 116 Second St. NE, on Thursday, September 16, 2021, from 4 – 6 PM Pastor Brian Flood will lead a service celebrating Joe’s life at 6 PM in the funeral home’s chapel. A private graveside service will be held in Calvary Cemetery at Dover.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Joseph’s memory to Community Hospice of Tuscarawas County, 716 Commercial Ave. SW, New Philadelphia, OH 44663.


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Visitation Information

Date: Thursday, September 16, 2021

Time: 4:00 pm

End Time: 6:00 pm

Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory


116 Second Street NE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

Service Information

Date: Thursday, September 16, 2021

Time: 6:00 pm

Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory


116 Second Street NE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

Cemetery Information

Calvary Cemetery- Dover


, DOVER, OH, 44622

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A private graveside service will be held.

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Community Hospice

716 Commercial Ave. SW
New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663
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Born: March 21, 1940
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Jamie posted on 10/26/21

Joe was an amazing individual. His presence will be missed. God bless.


Anthony J Saraceno posted on 9/20/21

Our deepest condolences to the family of Joe, Jr. Joe was my cousin and, although I hadn't seen him in over 60 years, I fondly recall our pleasant times during the younger years growing up in Steubenville.


Beverly posted on 9/17/21

My prayers to the family. Mr. Tripodi had representef me in many cases. He was an amazing attorney. He surely will be missed.


Frank Alesiano posted on 9/16/21

My deepest sympathy to Joe’s family. He and I would talk often over the years before or after court hearings. Always enjoyed hearing what was on Joe’s mind. Praying that all of you continue to find peace, love, and understanding during this difficult time.


Vern and Genevie Bair posted on 9/16/21

So sorry for your loss.


theresa coppa posted on 9/16/21

Debbie Jo, we are so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you. Dom and Theresa Coppa


Jim and Judy Kelly posted on 9/16/21

Joe was a great friend! We will miss him as will all the people whose lives he touched through the years. Rest In Peace, Joe.


Tina Wallick posted on 9/15/21

I am so sorry for your loss. Joe was an extraordinary man in so many ways. He was very generous with his time and amazing legal knowledge and expertise. He loved practicing law and helping people. I sure will miss all of our spirited discussions about the law, politics, current events, and whatever else came to mind. And I'll miss his sense of humor. He was a great friend, and I will really miss him! But now he and Karen can be happy together again.


Anna Lee Watson posted on 9/15/21

Joe will be sorely missed.He was a great man in many ways. My Mom adored him and had great respect for him. And Joe Loved her back! He was a big part of our family from the time him and Karen got married. He can now be back with his sweet wife, and my sister, Karen. Rest in Peace Joe! You will always be loved and missed! Anna Lee


Ed and Betsy Pope, Toronto, Ohio posted on 9/15/21

Joe will be missed. We became friends through Jim and Judy Kelly and always felt welcomed by Joe's spirit of life and enthusiasm and kindness.


Jeff Mathias posted on 9/15/21

Joe was a man to be remembered. He loved his family and he loved to laugh with his friends. He had a caring heart, was always respectful, and was a hard worker. In worked with Joe many times over my 42 years in Real Estate and he always put his clients interests ahead of his own. I know his heart has ached since the love of his life, Karen, passed. We will miss you Joe, thank you for making this world a better place. A Friend Always, Jeff Mathias


Elisabeth Moser posted on 9/15/21

I had the pleasure of meeting this amazing man years ago for business, and I quickly found his sense of humor, his extreme intelligence, and his work ethic just a joy. I pray his family finds comfort in knowing all the good he did for the community. Certainly a life well lived.


Don R. Wallick posted on 9/15/21

To the family of Joe Tripodi:. Deepest sympathies at this time of sorrow. We had alot of fun with Joe and Karen over the years. They will be deeply missed.. Don and Sheryl Wallick


Jan Spohn posted on 9/15/21

JoAnn: My thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family. May the peace that passes all understanding comfort each of you at this difficult time.????


Bob Fitch & Darla Ankeny posted on 9/15/21

Bob and I are very sorry for your families loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.


Tim Levengood posted on 9/15/21

Joe was full of excellent advice and passionate about his work. His sense of humor still leaves me laughing when I think of the times we had on the golf course and in his office. God Bless his family, he will be missed by all (well, depending on what side you were on). I surely miss you! Rest in Peace Joe......


Tina posted on 9/15/21

Joe taught me a lot of life lessons sitting in his office. I will miss his wit and wisdom. I hope that now he has finally reunited with Karen. Rest in Peace Joe.


Rose DiCarlo Gilbert posted on 9/14/21

Joe you were one in a million. Thank you for all the fun we had in high school and remained friends to the end. You will be missed but we all have wonderful memories being with you. RIP my friend Rosie (from Colorado).


Robert A. Mueller Past President TCIAFF posted on 9/14/21

Our condolences to the Tripodi family. Joe was mortar of the Tuscarawas County Italian-American Festival. Joe and others in the area came together to show the Italian heritage they grew up with. Through their efforts the Italian Festival raised over $200,000 in scholarships for over 150 students, Thank you Joe Tripodi.


Carrie Howell posted on 9/14/21

So sorry to hear of Joe's passing. My thoughts and prayers to the family. Joe was a GENTLE GIANT and full of Wisdom. He will be missed greatly. REST IN PEACE?


Joyce Pozzuoli posted on 9/14/21

We will miss you Uncle Joe, Rest In Peace !


Jean Marchione Lamatrice posted on 9/14/21

We will miss you Joe but hold you in fondest memory. Joe was a force in keeping our CCHS class of 1958 in touch over the years. Condolences to Joe’s family. Peaceful rest to him now with Karen.


Louise Lloyd posted on 9/14/21

JoAnn, Dora, Children, & Families, Sorry to hear of Joe's passing. He was such a good guy. May he rest in peace. We will keep you all in our prayers. Ed & Louise Lloyd and the Buffone Family


Nancy G. Rees posted on 9/14/21

So sorry to hear of Joe's passing. He lived next door to my in-laws and was a great friend to them. He was instrumental in my brother-in-law's trial in 1969. Prayers for you and your family.


Brij Agarwal posted on 9/14/21

Dear Dani and Julie, The entire Agarwal family is deeply sorry for your loss. We are also sorry for the loss of your mother. I had not realized she had passed until I recently began to see the remembrances you were posting. God bless all of you.


Theresa Ady posted on 9/14/21

So sorry for your loss. Joe was an amazing man. He was our landlord, attorney and friend. Our hearts are broken. Prayers to the family. RIP Joe James and Theresa Ady


Alan Johns posted on 9/13/21

Julie, so sorry to hear of your loss. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy.


AMELIA DeBias posted on 9/13/21

Joe was a classmate loved by everyone in the 1958 graduating class of Catholic Central in Steub,Ohio. He tried to always bring his classmates together. My condolences to his family. Rest in peace, Joe with Karen.


jerry durante posted on 9/13/21

I will always cherish the memories of Joe. He was more to me than just my "frat" brother. I will miss him very much. God bless him and his family.


Lisa Watson Davis posted on 9/13/21

So very for your loss, prayers and blessings for your family


Doug Ress posted on 9/13/21

Sorry for your loss, prayers for the family.


Kimberly Ann Massarelli posted on 9/13/21

My Deepest Sympathy to Joseph's Family !!! Many Prayers ?????????


Corrie Johnson posted on 9/13/21

My sincere condolences to all of the family…may he be at peace and without pain. God Bless him, Julie and the entire family????


Mindy Dickens Wagner posted on 9/13/21

We're very sorry for your loss, Joe was a caring, sweet, incredible man.He will truly be missed. Mindy& Kevin Wagner, Lynsey Dickens, Joan Minor


Marilyn Pizzini posted on 9/13/21

My heartfelt sympathy to Joe’s family. I met Joe when I worked as a secretary for another local law office. I always enjoyed my interactions with him. He always had something to say that made me laugh.


JoAnn Gorsich posted on 9/13/21

Will never forget you my dearest brother. Lord keep him in the bright and eternal flame of your love..


Vicki Beans posted on 9/13/21

So sorry to hear this. I have many fond memories of Joe in and out of the courtroom. My deepest sympathies to the family.


Lori Spittle posted on 9/13/21

So sorry for your loss! Thoughts and prayers for the family!


Tina Tristano posted on 9/13/21

I send prayers and my deepest sympathy to all of the family , He will truly be missed by many in our community!!


Ann Weese-Stein posted on 9/13/21

Joe was a saint of a man, with a caring heart! Prayers for his family.


Karen (Beitzel) Welch posted on 9/13/21

So very sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. He was a wonderful man who I had great respect for. I have many memories of him and your Mom. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.


Deborah J Murphy posted on 9/13/21

'The branch is broken, Leaves have fallen to the earth, But the root lives on.' Wm. S. Shields Sr. Condolences.