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Joseph M. Sweeney

Obituary for Joseph M. Sweeney

August 18, 1931 - December 21, 2020
Rocky River, Ohio | Age 89

Loving Husband, Father and Grandfather


Joseph M. Sweeney, 89. Beloved husband of 65 years to Mildred (nee Bilanovich); cherished father of Lisa, Suzan, Sean, Stephen (Amanda Slater), and Mary Sweeney, and grandfather to Nora, Tessa, and Sarah; dear brother of Sarah, James, Edwin, and deceased brother Robert and step-brother Warren Thompson. For over 40 years, Joe was podiatrist and foot surgeon; he served on the board at St. John's West Shore Hospital and as past president of the Academy of Podiatry of Northeast Ohio, and mentored podiatric residents at his practice. A faithful Catholic, Joe practiced good works. He tended to the feet of Poor Clare nuns, taught swimming to students at Our Lady of Angels special school, and was active in the West Park Rotary Club. Joe was an artist at heart; he enjoyed painting watercolors and sculpting bonsai trees. He was gregarious and loved to tell a joke, with his many friends at the YMCA, Baycrafters (now BAYarts), Ohio and West Virginia Watercolor Societies, and Cleveland Bonsai Club. After retirement, he volunteered by providing art therapy for brain trauma patients. Memorial services to be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations are welcomed to the Monastery of the Poor Clares, 3501 Rocky River Drive, Cleveland OH 44111, (216) 941-2820. (440) 333-9774.

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