Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

Formation and Education for the Life of the Church

Alumni Obituaries

Joseph Sergei

Joseph "Tommy" Sergi died peacefully on August 3, 2017 surrounded by
his beloved family. He was born Palm Sunday, April 10, 1927 in Indianapolis,
Indiana to Giuseppe Sergi and Teresa Zappia, both immigrants from Plati, Italy. 

He attended Holy Cross Catholic grade school, Saint Meinrad Seminary, and
graduated from Cathedral High School in 1946, remaining a faithful alumnus of
all three and had lifelong friends from each. He proudly served in both WWII
and the Korean War in the US Army.

On November 3, 1956 he married Roseanne Oberting at Our Lady of Lourdes
Catholic Church and in 1961 moved to Nativity parish in Franklin Township where
he raised his family and lived for 56 years. 

He was a foreman in the Composing Room at the Indianapolis Star-News and
retired in 1992 after 38 years of employment.

He made many sacrifices in order to send five children to Nativity Grade School
and Roncalli High School and supported both schools long after his children had

He played baseball as a young man, bowled, and was an avid golfer well into his
early 80's. 

He adapted the teachings of St Benedict, the founder of St Meinrad, to his own
life and often repeated the phrase "Ora et Labora" (pray and work) as
well as the teaching of hospitality to all. He often gave charitable gifts to
the poor and needy, homeless, missionaries, and Native Americans. 

He believed in family and set a high standard of what it meant to be a loving
father, faithful husband, provider, and steward of God not only to his
immediate family but to nieces, nephews, neighbors, co-workers, and friends. He
had a contagious smile and a positive attitude even in the most challenging

He was preceded in death by his parents, Giuseppe and Teresa Sergi, brothers
Anthony, Dominic, Frank and Rocco, and daughter Noel.

Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Roseanne, his children Linda Melton, Paul Sergi
(Toni), Phil Sergi (Linda), Joanne Sergi, Steve Sergi (Anita); grandchildren
Kristina Melton Swatts (Chris), Brian Sergi, Ross Sergi (Katelyn), Vince Sergi,
Brad Parish, Margo Sergi-Parish, Andrea Sergi, Marianne Sergi, Sophia Sergi;
great-grandchildren Caterina Sergi, Isaac Swatts, and Lucas Swatts, brother
Michael Sergi (Diana) and sister Maria Lorenzano, sister-in-law Karen Oberting
as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.