Joseph Daniel Ancrile, 65, of Lake Heather Hts. Ct., Dunedin, Fla., died Wednesday, May 14, 2008, at Mease Countryside Hospital surrounded by family and friends.
Joe was born June 25, 1942, in East Liverpool, Ohio, the son of Joseph and Olga Ancrile. He spent his boyhood years in Midland, Pa., and in Clairton, Pa. He graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan College and later completed his graduate work at West Virginia University and Ohio University. Joe taught at high schools in Parkersburg and Elizabeth, W.Va. He retired to Florida in 2003. Over the years, Joe expressed interest in a variety of pursuits including classical guitar, golf, chess and bridge. He was a member and past president of the Clearwater Duplicate Bridge Club. He was also editor of the club’s monthly newsletter.
Joe’s greatest passion was his love of the Lord and his devotion to living out his faith through teaching, counseling and encouraging those with whom he came into contact. He was a member of Clearwater Community Church and was also on the Board of Directors of the C. S. Lewis Society, a group dedicated to helping skeptics doubt their doubts.
Joe is survived by his wife of 25 years, Karen; his son, Jeff Ancrile of Vienna; his daughter, Jayne Plauche of St. Petersburg, Fla.; his stepson, Patrick Dailey of Manila, The Philippines; his stepdaughter, Mary Beth Dailey of Arlington, Va.; his stepson, John Dailey of Portland, Maine; his sister, Leila Kayser of Brandon, Fla.; his nephew, Jonathan Kayser, also of Brandon; and his grandchildren, Jillian and Jack Plauche of St. Petersburg.
A memorial service will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at Clearwater Community Church with Dr. Eric Bargerhuff officiating.
Arrangements were completed by Moss Feaster Funeral Home in Dunedin.