Joseph Thomas Miranda

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Joseph Thomas Miranda, 43, passed away on Wednesday, June 29, 2022 in Fargo, ND.

Joseph T. Miranda was born on May 11th, 1979, in Smithtown, NY to Vincenzo and Joan (Connolly) Miranda. Joe attended and graduated from Pocono Mountain Senior High School, Swiftwater, PA. After graduating he enlisted in the United States Air Force working as a Hydraulics Specialist for the KC-135’s at Grand Forks AFB, ND. Joe served during Operation Southern Watch and Operation Enduring Freedom, during that time he deployed to Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar, and Bahrain.

Joe was united in marriage to Dawn Marie Rugroden on May 12th, 2000. They had four children, Joseph, Dominick, Lucinda, and Nicholas.

After Joe’s service in the Air Force he owned and operated Giuseppe’s Restaurant in Grand Forks, ND with the help of his mother and father. Most recently Joe worked in the restaurant industry as well as sales. Joe excelled in every position he held; he had the knack to communicate with people from all walks of life.

Joe loved spending time with his children, riding dirt bikes and motorcycles, he loved watching movies and cooking. Joe was the life of the party; he was charismatic and loved making people laugh.

Joe is survived by his children: Joe, Lucy and Nick Miranda; parents: Vinny and Joan Miranda (Mt. Pocono, PA), grandmother: Helen Connolly (Long Island, NY), sisters: April (Gary) Gallerie, Melissa (Matt) Nero of Mt. Pocono, PA, mother of his children: Dawn Miranda Stollenwerk as well as many Aunts, Uncles and Cousins.

Joe was preceded in death by an infant son, Dominick Alan, grandparents: Tommaso and Caterina Miranda and grandfather Joseph Connolly.

Joe will be especially missed for his contagious laugh, his ability to tell a good story and his big heart.


Visitation: July 6, 2022 9:00 am

Holy Cross Catholic Church, West Fago
2711 7th St E
West Fargo, ND 58078

Mass of Christian Burial: July 6, 2022 10:00 am

Holy Cross Catholic Church, West Fago
2711 7th St E
West Fargo, ND 58078

Burial: July 6, 2022 1:00 pm

Fargo National Cemetery
8709 40th Ave N Fargo

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  1. You were the little boy I remember, along with your sister April, your Aunt Silvana and I took to the parks. I remember you leaving for the Air Force, proud you took the challenge. Hoping you find peace and happiness also side your Nono, Nona, and grandparents. Love you , miss you Joey
    Uncle Frank

  2. Sending prayers and wishes for God’s comforting presence and peace which surpasses all human understanding to Joe, Lucy, & Nick along with Joseph Miranda’s entire circle of family & friends.

  3. You have been in my heart for the last 10 years and will always remain there. All was taken from us but they can’t take away our brotherly love because that is eternal. God sees all! May you finally rest in peace baby brother.

    • You two will always be brothers, in life as well as death. Nothing and no one can ever change that. I know his death has hit you hard but he will always be there watching over you. <3

  4. Deeply saddened to hear of Joey’s passing. He always made me laugh and put a smile on my face during our time together in the Air Force. My thoughts and prayers to the family. Rest in peace Joey!

  5. My beloved nephew Joey who I share a special bond with, as you were born on my birthday. I always thought of you and saw your beautiful smile. May you find peace and be adored with God’s love and tenderness & keep you in his care for eternity. Another angel to watch over us gone too soon! Watch over your children, parents and siblings. We are heartbroken and pray. Love you Joey RIP
    Aunt Lee

  6. We are heartbroken about Joey’s passing.
    Sending everyone our love and prayers. May he Rest In Peace.

  7. It’s really too bad that we never got to know each other as well as I would have liked. May you rest in peace Uncle Joe.

  8. I’ve been listening to music you used to make fun of me for listening to and have been looking at pictures from us in Cobleskill. Your memory will live on forever. Rest In Peace Cugino.

    Love you,
    Tommy (N), Marina & Reina

  9. What a character! My deepest condolences and Love to Joey’s children and family. Joey, may your soul be at eternal peace, my Friend! All my love and prayers…

  10. Hi uncle Joey.
    I miss you and wish you were here with us. Please say hi to my grandma Sandy.

  11. Joey, I am seeing your smile in my minds eye and remembering how you could light up a room. One of my favorite memories is when you and your friends from the Air Force came to visit us in NYC. I was probably 23, you 21. We had an amazing dinner with my parents at the apartment, heard all about your adventures over pasta and wine, and then we went out with your friends to the bars on Bleecker Street, such good times. Will also treasure memories with all of us together around a campfire as kids. May you Rest In Peace and watch over us all. Gone too soon. Love, Faye

  12. The guy that could light up a room with a smile. The guy that could tell a story as if you were there. Joe, if you only knew the ripple effect of how much you were loved. Like the deserts miss the rain. I will tell stories of you and keep you alive in our hearts. Miss you man😞!!


    Matt Nero

  13. Joey! Despite our more distant recent years, bumping into you brought the warmest hugs and catch-up chats. You were the greatest of friends, confidante, drunken texter, and the most gracious host and gentleman. You made time with you feel endless and precious. I will hold the memories with me and never forget how you wanted me to feel, along with many others who I know feel the same. I’m heartbroken that you’re gone.

  14. We met Joey when he first opened his restaurant “Giuseppe’s” in February 2008 and were there every week until he sold his restaurant about five years later. We always looked forward to visiting with Joey and father Vinny each time we were there. We considered Joey to be a true friend. Although we lost touch with him, we thought of him often and wished the best for him. We are greatly saddened by his passing. He will be truly missed by everyone who knew him. Our thoughts and prayers are with Joey’s family. Rest in Peace Joey.

  15. Dear Cousins Joan and Vinny, From my whole heart I am deeply saddened for you .This is the deepest pain like no other. . My heart is there with you . I love you and may God and his angels be with Joseph forever in heaven. Cousins, Geraldine Gil Anthony Gianna and Veronica

  16. My dearest brother in law. You have no idea how much you were loved. Tommy and I spoke about you every day to the kids. Your nephew Vinny has so many of the same traits that you have. I remember taking you to the Philly zoo with your borther when you were 13 years old. What a great time we had. You will always have a special place in my heart. I hope you have found the peace and solace you were looking for. Rip dear Joey . We now have another guardian angel to watch over us. Soar high with the angels.

  17. Vinny, Joan, April & Family, with deepest sympathy of Joey’s passing. His children will miss him deeply. Dawn, Joe, Nick, Lucy & family are in our hearts and prayers.
    Lenaye & Tommy

  18. Sending love and prayers to the Miranda Family. I will always cherish my time working with everyone at Guiseppes.

  19. Condolences to the Miranda family. Im positive he will be watching over all his loved ones and may he rest in peace.

  20. Dear Joey, I will always remember your contagious laugh and fun-loving nature. We had such wonderful times as kids, especially camping upstate. While it had been a few years since we saw each other the love and bonds of family remain strong and you are always in my heart. Sending love and deepest sympathy to your children and to Aunt Joan and Uncle Vinny. Love you all

  21. Your beautiful smile, your infectious laugh and your hysterical sense of humor is what I will always remember and carry with me always. You will always and forever be in my heart. You will be forever missed.

  22. My heart goes out to his family. I am sending love and prayers to everyone. Joe you were like an older brother to me and very close with our family 🤍thank you for always making us laugh and being such a great friend to everyone -you will be missed

  23. Sending my condolences to his family and friends.
    What a huge loss this earth has endured. Joey would light up any room, he was great with people and a wonderful person. I am very grateful for the time I had with him, rest in heaven Joey, see you on the other side.

  24. My deepest sympathies to Joey’s family, loved ones, and friends. He was such an amazing man.

  25. One of the better people I’ve met, co worker, friend. We lost a good one! Wish I could have spoken to him once more

  26. Joey was just an amazing guy! I always looked forward to catching up with him at US Foods meetings and connected with him even after he left. He was truly a character. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Miranda family!

  27. I’ll never forget Joe’s smile, laugh, and crazy antics that made crazier stories, but here’s a story to show what type of guy he was: We hadn’t spoken for over almost 10 years and I didn’t even know he was back in PA until he reaches out because he heard I was moving and wanted to know where and where he should help. While the rest of us old guys were slowing down at the end of the day, he was just grabbing another box and cracking another joke.

  28. Prayers for comfort and peace to the Miranda family during this very difficult time. Growing up with Joey and his siblings will always be a part of me and my family. Despite the distance and time we are all very heartbroken to hear this news. Sending our love to his parents, sisters and children.
    The Hansen’s from PA

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