Joel Cosares Nalzaro

Sep 23, 1968 - Jan 9, 2015


Joel Cosares Nalzaro
Resident of Rancho Cordova, CA

Joel Nalzaro, 46, of Rancho Cordova, CA, passed away on January 9, 2015 as a result of acute myeloid leukemia. He was born September 23, 1968 in Portsmouth, VA, the son of Honorato and Natividad (Cosares) Nalzaro. As a US military dependent, he attended elementary schools in Lakehurst, NJ; Sigonella, Sicily; and Guam, USA. He graduated from Guam Community College (GCC) in 1986.

As a child, Joel loved to tinker with all things mechanical, so while a student at GCC, at the age of 16, he was accepted into the apprenticeship program at the US Naval Ship Repair Facility (SRF), Guam. He completed the apprenticeship program, graduating as Valedictorian, Air Conditioning Equipment Mechanic in 1991. Joel was a journeyman at SRF until the facility started to close down as part of military cutbacks. In 1996 he transferred to Northern California, first working at the VA Hospital at McClellan AFB, before transferring to the new hospital at Mather.

Joel is survived by his wife, Celerina; father, Honorato; his brother Hector (Giulia) and his sister Nanette (Fred) and his nephews and nieces: Nicholas, Christopher, Michelle and Megan, and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Viewing at East Lawn Mortuary Sierra Hills Memorial Park (5757 Greenback Lane, Sacramento, CA 95841) on January 22, 2015, 2pm to 6pm. Rosary to follow at 6pm.
Rosary 10:30am at Saint John Vianney Church (10497 Coloma Road, Rancho Cordova, CA) followed by funeral mass at 11:00 am
Interment to follow at Sierra Hills Memorial Park and East Lawn Mortuary

Funeral Home:
East Lawn Mortuary
5757 Greenback Lane
Sacramento, CA
US 95841


  • Robin Hecita says:

    Our Condolences to the Nalzaro family. He was my friend all those many years ago as an apprentice at SRF. He was very kind and supportive when I was starting to live my life on my own. He was my roommate at the time and was very patient. I am sorry for losing Joel so early. My prayers are wth you!

  • Peter and Laura Low says:

    Joel was a wonderful neighbor and friend. We were blessed to have him next door. He was the first to welcome us to the neighborhood 8 years ago. He has gone way too early – we will miss him. Love and prayers to you all.

    Peter and Laura Low

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