LITTLE RIVER—Joseph Angelo Ruisi, 82, died March 10 at home surrounded by his loving family.

Born on Oct. 4, 1936, in Buffalo, New York, he was the son of Rose F. DiJohn Finnegan and the late Angelo Ruisi.

Joseph worked for Lutheran Brotherhood for 27 years. Post retirement, he was the editorial cartoonist for the Myrtle Beach Herald.

He was a deacon and worship leader at Risen Christ Lutheran Church and intern chaplain for McLeod Hospital System.

He loved singing and playing guitar and was especially known for his amazing spaghetti sauce.

Survivors include his wife of 27 years, Cynthia A. Smith Ruisi; sons Joseph A. Ruisi II and Douglas Ruisi; daughters Debra C. Zaccagnino, Roberta Shafer and Jennifer Ruisi; stepchildren Ryan Speigle and Stacy Speigle; brothers Kenneth and Bruce Ruisi; sisters Cyndi Wilisch, Sheila Watson and Teri Hamblen; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and special nieces Ashley Sousa and Kelly Tooker.

He is predeceased by brothers Angelo Ruisi and Ronnie Finnegan and sisters Angela Ruisi and Cathy Guerin.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 31, at Risen Christ Lutheran Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Risen Christ Lutheran Church, 10595 Hwy. 17 N. at Briarcliffe, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572 or Lower Cape Fear Hospice/Mercy Care, 955 Mercy Lane, Bolivia, NC 28422.

Lee Funeral Home & Crematory of Little River/North Myrtle Beach is serving the family.

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