Joseph Alexander Antilla passed away August 17 after a brief illness. Joe will forever be loved by his parents Frank and Berdena Antilla, Brothers Dean (Lily), and Scott (Mona), 4 children Viana, Alec (Amanda), Amelia, and Tessa and his grandson Jamison.
Growing up in Little Marais, Joe earned awards in slalom and xcounty skiing. Moving to Virginia, MN at Minntac US Steel, Joe was a skilled equipment operator of the largest trucks, cats, trains. His formidable blizzard and ice driving skills later burnished his mastery of 18-wheelers. At retirement he shifted to a Miata convertible that he drove year-round.
In the 80's Joe traveled to Kosrae, Micronesia and met his wife, Madelina, later raising their children together in Chisholm and Duluth. Joe loved blues, saunas, driving sports cars and his Moto-Guzzi motorcycle. A well read man and a fascinating conversationalist, Joe had an honesty, humility and dignity that gave him deep strength and SISU. Joe's attentive ear, kind spirit and presence will be in our Heart as he drives off into the Blue.