The Curry Coastal Pilot

Joseph M. Mendola

Jan. 23, 1937andndash;Aug. 16, 2013

Joseph M. Mendola, 76, of Brookings, passed away Aug.16, 2013, at care facility in Brookings.

Joseph was born Jan. 23, 1937, in Dunkirk, N.Y., to Samuel and Sara (Guida) Mendola.

In 1955, he entered the U.S. Army where he served honorably during the Korean War. While in the Army, Joseph enjoyed playing football.

Following discharge, he began what would be a 35-year career as a quality engineer with Boeing Aircraft. Joseph earned the Zero Defects Award for his work on the B-1B Bomber. He was also able to meet President Gerald Ford during his work there.

Joseph married Bette-Mae Eddy Feb. 11, 1987, in Kona, Hawaii. The couple moved to Brookings in 1996. Joseph enjoyed bowling and traveling, especially trips to see family in the eastern U.S.

Survivors include his wife Bette of Brookings; stepsons Gerald Fasold of Idaho and Thomas Fasold of California. He was preceded in death by his stepson Jeffery Fasold.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Brookings Harbor Food Bank, P.O. Box 1415, Brookings, OR 97415 or to the Chetco Community Public Library, 405 Alder St., Brookings, OR 97415.

At Joseph's request, no public service will be held. Burial at sea will be performed by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.

Redwood Memorial Chapel is assisting the family. Condolences may be expressed online at

Submitted by Redwood Memorial Chapel.