Joseph  Bemme
Joseph T. Bemme III

JEFFERSON - Joseph T. Bemme III, 71, passed away unexpectedly January 27, 2020.

He was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on November 17, 1948 the son of Joseph and Dorothy Bemme.

Joe proudly served his country in the US Army during the Vietnam Conflict. In 1975 Joe began a 30 year career as a Deputy with the Ashtabula County Sheriff's Department and was honored to protect and serve his community.

On January 20, 1996 Joe married Diana (Hessley); his loving and devoted wife of 24 years.

He enjoyed classic car shows, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the music of Neil Diamond. He loved his family and friends and will be missed dearly.

He is survived by his loving family: his wife Diana; his daughter Samantha (Chris) Lampela; his step son Benjamin (Danise) Schwartfigure; his grandchildren: Steven, Ryan, Josh, Jamey, Benjamin, Elijah, Nathanael and Harper; his sister Carol (Paul) Jaros; and his daughter-in-law Melanie Schwartfigure.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his son Bill Bemme on January 27, 2013; his step-son Ryan Schwartfigure on March 15, 2009 as well as his sisters Linda Lathrop and Dorothy Massena.

Services to celebrate Joe's life will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday February 8, 2020 at the Lenox Community Center, 2509 Lenox-New Lyme Rd, Jefferson.

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Published on February 1, 2020


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Manny and Marne Gonzales
Feb 11, 2020
So sorry for your loss. Praying for you and the family.
Jean Wright
Feb 04, 2020
I worked at the Sheriff's Dept. for many years and Joe Bemme was my sargeant most of the time. I remember him being so helpful as I learned the ropes and having a nice disposition. He was a nice man.
Linda (Rock-Nelson) Nixon
Feb 03, 2020
I was saddened to hear of Lt. Bemme's passing. I served as a C.O. in his command. Sending sincere sympathies.
The Clowser's
Feb 02, 2020
We are very sorry for your lost and the family's. He was a very good man and listener when you need some one to talk to. We have the whole family in our prayers. Will miss him deeply.