Mr. John "Jiouanni" Michele Sportiello, 88, of Dalton, departed this life Sunday, July 23, 2017, at the local hospital surrounded by his loving family. John was born Sept. 29, 1929, in Chicago, Ill., a son to the late Rocco and Antoinette Sergio Sportiello. He was also preceded by brothers and sister-in-law; Angelo and Margie Sportiello and Michael Sportiello; sister and brothers-in-law; Mary and Dave Hennip and Frank Bubulka. John was a special man and a hard worker. He loved his seven children and was his wife's "soulmate, her buddy, and her better half" and "he meant everything to me''
He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Patricia Sportiello of the residence; sons and daughters-in-law; Rocco and Carol Sportiello of Chicago, Ill., Michael and Jackie Sportiello of Hartsville, S.C., James and Susie Sportiello of Hartsville, S.C., and John and Michelle Sportiello of Chicago, Ill.; daughters and sons-in-law; Ann and Jeri Cotnam of Dalton, Alice and Ronald Weissman of Alta Loma, Calif., and April and Pete Vela of Chicago, Ill.; a sister, Emily Bubulka; and a sister-in-law; Ruth Sportiello. John had 16 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.
Services to celebrate the life of Mr. John "Jiouanni" Michele Sportiello will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at Ponders Melrose Chapel with ministers Susan Butler, Marilyn Lance and Deacon Nicholas Sportiello officiating. He will be laid to rest with military honors at Chattanooga National Cemetery at 12:30 p.m. with Cody Munn, Brad Weissman, Christopher Weissman, Nicholas Sportiello, Larry Ulmenstine and Steven Ulmenstine serving as pallbearers. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 5 until 9 p.m.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.pondersfuneralhome.com. ?Arrangements announced by Ponders Melrose Chapel, 138 Melrose Drive, Dalton; (706) 226-4002.
Published on July 25, 2017