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OBITUARY: Joseph James Tiziani, 78, of Horseshoe Bay dies Aug. 27, 2013

Dr. Joseph James Tiziani, 78, passed away Aug. 27, 2013, at his home in Horseshoe Bay, Texas.

Joe was born in Ironwood, Mich., on July 22, 1935, to Joseph and Regina Tiziani, who preceded him in death. He received a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Michigan in June 1960.

Dr. Tiziani was board certified in psychiatry and neurology and completed his psychiatry residency at the Ypsilanti State Hospital in 1964. He served in the military at Fitzsimons Hospital in Denver (1964–1966) and worked in various roles as a psychiatrist at the Ypsilanti State Hospital (1966-1972), Mercywood Hospital (1970-1989) and in private practice in Ann Arbor, Mich. (1966-1989). He was medical director and chairman of psychiatry at St. Luke’s Health Center in Saginaw, Mich. (1989–1991) and worked for the state of Michigan from 1992 until retiring in 1997.

He married Elizabeth “Betty” Bailey in 1960 and had two daughters, Lynn and Lisa. He married Barbara Grimm in 1985 and gained a stepdaughter, Jeanna.

Joe is survived by wife, Barbara Tiziani of Horseshoe Bay; daughter Lynn Torossian and husband Tom of Milford, Mich., and their two children, Michael and Lauren; daughter Lisa Pierce and husband Robert of Fulton, Mo., and their three children, Adam, Jacob and Allison; daughter Jeanna Berry and husband Charlie of Iowa Park, Texas; two stepgrandchildren, Wesley and wife Rebekka and Laura and husband Zach; six step-great-grandchildren; sister, Gloria Kaye of Madison, Wis.; and various family members in Ironwood, Mich. Joe also leaves behind many friends and extended family members in Michigan, Texas and across the country.

Joe was proud of Lynn, Lisa and Jeanna, all of whom work in health care. Lynn is president of Harper University and Hutzel Women’s Hospital; Lisa is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School and is a family practice physician in Missouri; and Jeanna is chief operations officer of a large, multi-specialty clinic in Texas.

Joe will be remembered for his unique sense of humor that made everyone feel at ease, his tendency to laugh and make others laugh, his lively and engaging personality and his ability to still be surprised at everyday occurrences. He had a zest for life and great love for family, friends and travel.

He loved eating Italian food, peanut butter and desserts; listening to Frank Sinatra, Pavarotti and country music artists; visiting Italy and Lake Michigan; and living on Lake LBJ in Texas. He loved football and basketball and was an avid University of Michigan fan and a member of the Michigan Victors club for many years. He loved to sing his own special rendition of “Melancholy Baby” and tell many colorful stories.

Joe was known for his generosity to charities, willingness to help and concern for others above himself. He had fun and lived his life to the fullest.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Cancer Society; or Open Door Recovery House, 1107 Highway 1431, No. 251, Marble Falls, TX 78654. Open Door helps women recovering from alcohol and drug addictions.

A memorial service is 2-4 p.m. Oct. 26 at La Quinta Inn and Suites, 501 FM 2147 West in Marble Falls.

Arrangements by Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home, 1805 U.S. 281 North in Marble Falls, (830) 693-4373. Go to to offer condolences.