Sgt. Joseph E. Simiele was a native of Amsterdam, Mr. Simiele was a Sergeant in the Army's famed 82nd Airborne Division that was in combat in Belgium, France and Germany during World War II. Mr. Simiele's unit, upon its return to the Untied States was selected to march down Fifth Ave. in NYC in a ticker-tape victory parade celebrating the end of the war, an experience he deemed an honor and often recalled with emotions. Joseph was awarded the Bronze Star for his service. After the military, he entered into government service in 1956 as an investigator for the U.S. Civil Service Commission. From 1959 to 1984, he was with the U.S. Labor Department, starting as a compliance officer and rising to the position of area administrator of the Buffalo office, which enforced labor laws in 46 NY Counties. He met his wife, Dorothy on a blind date in Washington DC and was married for 57 years.