STERLING – Dr. Joseph H. Gaziano, 60, of Sterling, passed away Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, surrounded by his loving family, at CGH Medical Center in Sterling.
Dr. Joe was born June 16, 1953, in Rockford, the son of Angelo N. and Susan R. (Zammuto) Gaziano. He graduated from Boylan High School in 1970, and from the University of Notre Dame’s pre-professional program in 1974. He received a master’s degree in medical psychology from the University of Illinois-Chicago campus in 1976. In 1980, he received his medical doctorate (M.D.) from the University of Illinois Medical Center. Dr. Joe did his residencies at various Chicago hospitals, where he met the love of his life, Carolyn (Hood) Gaziano.
They married Oct. 31, 1982, in Oak Lawn. They eventually settled in Sterling, where Dr. Joe worked as a gastroenterologist at CGH Medical Center and the Sterling Rock Falls Clinic. He was board-certified in gastroenterology, hepatology, and internal medicine. From 1994 to 1996, he served as the acting president of Sterling Rock Falls Clinic and was the president of medical staff at CGH Medical Center. He had served on the board of directors at CGH Medical Center since 1991, and was the Department of Medicine chairman from 1988 to 1990.
Dr. Joe also was a member or fellow of multiple medical societies and colleges. He was honored by multiple awards for physician excellence. He presented material at multiple medical seminars and venues. He researched, contributed, and published articles in the field of gastroenterology. He was active in the CGH Health Foundation. From 2001 to 2007, he was instrumental in a campaign to increase awareness of the importance of colorectal cancer screenings, and increased the number of screenings by nearly 50 percent in the community. He also was an active member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Sterling since 1985, and was a former chairman of the Parish Council.
He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Carolyn; his two children, Joseph Angelo (Sophie) of Woodstock and Jacob Anthony of Sterling (Serena Bennett); his mother, Susan R. of Rockford; his siblings, Carm (Dan) Herman of Rockton and Michael (Deborah) of Tucson, Ariz.; sister-in-law, Chau (Gaziano) Symmes; and 10 nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Angelo N. (2003); his father-in-law, the Rev. Edmond Hood (1997); and his brother, George G. (2012).
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday and 5 to 7 p.m., with the rosary recited at 4:30 p.m., Friday at McDonald Funeral Home, 1002 12th Ave., Rock Falls. Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary Catholic Church, 600 Avenue B, Sterling. Burial will be at Oak Knoll Memorial Park in Sterling.
Memorials have been established to St. Mary Church and CGH Health Foundation.
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