Rocco Giove, 91, of West Bend, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2006.
Rocco was born on Feb. 12, 1914 to Jacob and Marie A. (nee Stella) Giove in Milwaukee.
He graduated from West Division High School in 1932.
After high school, Rocco went on to become a pharmacist in the same fashion that Abraham Lincoln did to become a lawyer, without receiving any formal education.
He married Janet Olson, with whom he brought their son, John, into the world.
On Jan. 24, 1954, Rocco remarried and devoted his love to Georgia Kondos.
The couple began a family of their own, with their children, Angela and Daniel.
Rocco operated Rocky’s Pharmacy at KK and Oklahoma for 10 years, and then Northtowne Pharmacy on Teutonia and Atkinson for eight years.
He served as the vice president of the Milwaukee Jaycees and was also president of Milwaukee Veteran Pharmacy Association and Wisconsin Moose Associa-tion.
He received the highest honor of the Moose, the Pilgrim Degree of Merit.
For 15 years, Rocco served as the Moose Legion secretary and also chaired many lodge and state activities.
He was a member of the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation in Milwaukee and O.C.A. Mission Church in West Bend.
Rocco will be deeply missed by his loving wife, Georgia; his children, John, Angela and Daniel; and his grandchildren, Cassan-dra, Peter and Joanna Giove.
He is further survived by his sister, Dorothy Grangard; his brother, Robert Giove; other relatives and dear friends.
Rocco is preceded in death by his parents, and his brothers, Daniel and Jacob.
A funeral service to honor the life of Rocco will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 6, at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation, 92nd and Congress, Milwaukee.
Interment will take place in Vallhalla Memorial Gardens.
Visitation with family and friends will be held on Sunday from 1 until 3 p.m. at the Phillip Funeral Home Chapel, 1420 W. Paradise Drive, West Bend, with a continued visitation on Monday, at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 10 a.m.
The family would like to extend their appreciation for memorials that are donated in lieu of flowers to the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation Cultural Center.
The family would also like to extend their immense appreciation for the wonderful care and compassion given to Rocco by the Heartland Hospice.