Joel

February 12, 1938 ~ November 13, 2022

Born in: Buffalo, New York
Resided in: Torrance, California

On Sunday, November 13, 2022 Joel Massa, a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, passed away at age 84. Joel was born in Buffalo New York on February 12, 1938 to Nicholas and Angeline Massa. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force, and was a manager with Continental Airlines for 27 years. On May 24, 1958 Joel married his blue eyed angel Gerry. They raised four daughters, Christine, Nicolette, Deborah, and Joelle. Joel had a passion for bocce, birds, dogs, and family traditions. He was a lover of Latin Jazz music. He had a deep, rhythmic love for the conga drums. His faith in God had him saying the rosary every night before bed.

Joel was preceded in death by his father, Nicholas Massa and his mother Angeline Massa, as well as his brother Darvin Massa. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 64 years Gerry and their four daughters Christine, Nicolette, Deborah and Joelle, son-in-law Roger, grandchildren Jordin, Cory (Christa), Carleigh (Tony), Nicholas, Alexandria, and Vincent, as well as two great-grandchildren, Viviana and Frankie.

A funeral mass will be held on:

Saturday, December 10th, 2022 at 1:00pm
St. Lawrence Martyr Catholic Church
1900 S. Prospect Avenue
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Reception immediately followed
in the church hall

Joel will be interned with military honors
February 13th, 2023 at 10:30am
Los Angeles National Cemetery
950 S. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049

Services

Service: December 10, 2022 1:00 pm

St. Lawrence Martyr Catholic Church
1900 S. Prospect Avenue
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

310-540-0329

Graveside Service: February 13, 2023 10:30 am

Los Angeles National Cemetery
950 S. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA

310-792-7575

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  1. Sending so much love and prayers to you all. Joel was an amazing man and his marriage and wonderful daughters are just a small testament to that. 💙🙏🏼

  2. candle 6Joel, you will be missed by so many including your South Bay Bocce Club family. It was a honor to get the chance to know you and learn from you these past 6 years. Rest in Heaven 🪷

  3. candle 7Joel, As I write this it breaks my heart that you are not with us on Earth anymore but I know you are in heaven with your beloved Brother again. We miss you and love you.

  4. candle 4Our deepest condolences to Gerry and the Massa family.
    Joel was always a pleasure to be around. He will be missed.

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