Joseph F. Cicero

March 14, 1934 - August 9, 2019
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Joseph F. Cicero:

Joseph F. Cicero died on August 9, 2019. He was born in Frontenac, Kansas on March 14, 1934. He moved to Tucson, Arizona in August of 1959. He was preceded in death by his father Sam Cicero, mother Stella Cicero, and sister Marian Cicero. He’s survived by his widow Janet (Herd) Cicero, daughter Kellie Bell, son Patrick Cicero, sister Marilyn Sarley (Frontenac, KS), and brother Marvin Cicero (Joplin, MO).  He had three grandchildren, Christopher McClure, Chauncey Bell, and Kyleigh Lippert. He also had four great grandchildren.

He was a Korean War veteran serving in the U.S.  Army from 1954 through 1962.

He received a B.S. and M.S. in Education from Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg Kansas, with additional coursework taken at the University of Arizona, Northern Arizona University, and Western Washington State College.

He spent 32 years teaching graphic arts and printing at Pueblo High School in Tucson Arizona. He also taught printing for the Manpower Training Program, TUSD Adult Evening School, and was a part-time associate professor for Pima Community College during his career.

He was a member of the International Graphic Arts Association, Tucson Lithographers Association, National Education Association, Arizona Education Association, and Tucson Education Association.

In 1998 he received the Lyle Isabel award from the Tucson Lithographers Association.  In 2004, the TUSD School Board approved re-naming the Pueblo High School technology building as “The Joseph F. Cicero Technology Building”.  In 2005 the Outstanding Alumni award was presented to him by Frontenac High School.

He was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Tucson Arizona since 1959.

Honoring his request, no memorial service is planned at this time. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Pima Animal Care Center or to the Southern Arizona Food Bank.



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Born: March 14, 1934
Died: August 9, 2019

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Kellie Bell posted on 8/10/20

Today marks one year Dad and it still hurts a lot. I know you are in a better place with everything going on. I can't wait till the day I see you again. Your loving daughter Kellie


Maria Mejias posted on 10/1/19

May God’s love and peace be with the Cicero family during this time. I was one of Mr. Cicero’s students at Pueblo HS from 1982 to 1986. He helped my apply and register to attend his college alma mater Pittsburg State University and I graduated in 1990. He was an amazing instructor and truly cared about his students. If you applied yourself in His classes and it was time for you to graduate he helped you apply for college or apply for a well paying job in the printing industry. He will be truly missed.


Maggie Suffecool. (Mary Humble) posted on 9/23/19

Mr Cicero was a great caring person. I had him for home room for 4 years 62 to 66. RIP sir


pat erath posted on 9/23/19

My condolences to the family. He was a great teacher with a great attitude. One of those teachers you will always remember. I was thankful to be part of his class.


Cecilia Gallegos posted on 9/23/19

My condolences to the family.


Cindy Lewis posted on 9/23/19

I owe my career success to Mr. Joe Cicero. I was the last of six children to attend Pueblo High School. Each of my brothers and sisters had been engaged in high school and I had pretty big shoes to fill as I followed behind them. I started my freshman year a little rebellious-not acknowledging I was related to them. Though the name “Coatsworth” was not a common name, and my mother had taught home economics there for many years, too! I got into Mr. Cicero‘s class as a freshman and went through the entire four years as a student in his vocational printing program. I got a job at a publishing company while still a student in high school and continued in that profession throughout my career. It all started with the opportunity to be a student in Mr. Cicero‘s class. His teaching style was very enthusiastic and I remember him laughing – chuckling, really – so often. His speaking style was always upbeat and engaging. I know I am not the only one who had this great launching pad. And I also know that after his retirement, the school was never able to re-create the magic he had for teaching printing. My most sincere condolences to his wife, Jan, and children Patrick and Kellie. Cindy Coatsworth Lewis PHS Class of 1977


Mary Ann Johnson posted on 8/24/19

To Janet and family. Steve and I were so sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. Our deepest condolences and hugs and prayers for your family. Steve so enjoyed fishing with Joe over the years. He was.a true friend. Love, Steve and Mary Ann Johnson.


Melissa Elias posted on 8/17/19

Knowing and working with Joe for many years at Pueblo made me a better person. My prayers are with his family who had a wonderful person in their midst. Joe taught many lessons of humility and kindness.


Phyllis Smith posted on 8/17/19

My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. He was a wonderful man.


Maria Bicknell posted on 8/17/19

Deepest condolences — rest in paradise, Joe! You were an amazing colleague and friend!


Fran Brazzell posted on 8/16/19

My sincere condolences to the family. I have donated to Puma Animal Care in Joseph's honor.


Bob and Lynee Kimble posted on 8/15/19

Out most sincere condolences to the family. God has gained an Angel.


Sandra Alabado-Aguirre posted on 8/14/19

My heart and prayers goes out to the Cicero family. Mr. Cicero was my print shop teacher when I was at Pueblo High School graduate of 1979. He along with Mr. Hancoop helped all the students especially in our formative years at Pueblo and we all really looked up to them. We all respected Mr. Cicero and his way of teaching was very caring and I consider him one of my best teachers while growing up. I will miss his infectious smile and the good memories we shared when I helped Mr. and Mrs. Cicero.


Allan & Jerri Koehne posted on 8/14/19

Our deepest condolences on your loss.