Joseph Schiappacasse, IV, 66, of Salida died March 6, 2014, due to complications of lymphoma.
He was born Aug. 4, 1947, in Detroit, Mich., to Jane Elizabeth (Henson) and Louis Joseph Schiappacasse, III.
Mr. Schiappacasse graduated cum laude from the University of Detroit with a bachelor of science degree in humanities, natural and social sciences.
He taught in Detroit public and private schools, and after moving to Colorado, continued teaching in Denver private schools.
He furthered his education at a master’s level, studying counseling, psychology and public affairs.
Mr. Schiappacasse was employed by St. Luke’s Hospital, Denver, as a substance-use therapist and touched the lives of many through self-help programs in Salida.
He was an avid crossword and Sudoku puzzle enthusiast and tackled “Final Jeopardy” every evening via phone conversations with his mother.
He loved listening to Public Radio KRCC of Colorado Springs,
Friends and family said they will remember him for “his humble way, his brand of humor and intellect, which were unique and contributed to his exceptional skills as an educator, and most of all his love of his family.”
He was preceded in death by his father; siblings Joseph Anthony Schiappacasse, Edward Newton Schiappacasse and Mary Helene Schiappacasse, RSM; niece Rosella Schiappacasse; and nephew Anthony Schiappacasse.
Survivors include his mother; daughter, Anne (Andrew) Sherwood; sister Judy Rose (Richard) Wilson; and nephews Peter Calloway, Ryan Calloway and Noah Wilson.
In Salida, friends can celebrate his life from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. March 17, 2014, at the Ascension Episcopal Church annex, Fourth and E streets.
In Michigan, visitation will be from 1 to 8 p.m. March 14, 2014, with a 7 p.m. rosary at the William Sullivan & Son Funeral Home, 705 W. Eleven Mile Road, Royal Oak.
Mr. Schiappacasse will lie in state from 10 to 11 a.m. March 15, 2014. A memorial Mass will start at 11 a.m. at Christ Our Light Catholic Church in Troy, Mich.
Entombment will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Detroit.
Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society or Colorado College Public Radio station KRCC, broadcast from Colorado Springs.
Arrangements in Michigan were with William Sullivan & Son Funeral Directors of Royal Oak.
Online condolences may be offered at sullivanfuneraldirectors.com/obituary/Louis-Joseph-Schiappacasse-IV/