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JOSEPH DIMINICK - MOUNT CARMEL, Pa. - Joseph "Jazz" Diminick, 86, of West Avenue, passed away Wednesday, July 2, 2014, at home, surrounded by his family. Born at home on Oak Street in Kulpmont, Pa., on Aug. 25, 1927, he was the son of the late Joseph J. and Gertrude (Paskevich) Diminick. Jazz was a lifelong resident of the Kulpmont, Mount Carmel Area. He graduated from Kulpmont High School in 1946, Boston College in 1950, and received his Master's Degree from Penn State University. On Oct. 7, 1950, in St. Edward's Church, Shamokin, Pa., he married the former Ann Louise C. Reichwein, who survives. He was a member of Divine Redeemer Church, formerly St. Peter's Church, Knights of Columbus, Elks and the Holy Name Society. Jazz began a career as an educator, coach and PIAA Sports Official that spanned 55 years. He was best known as the head football coach at Mount Carmel Area from 1962-1992, where he compiled 287 victories, making him the winningest football coach in Pennsylvania history at that time. He also coached basketball, track and field and baseball. He was inducted into the Pennsylvania Football Coaches Hall of Fame, Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, Boston College Sports Hall of Fame, and the National High School Federation Sports Hall of Fame. His greatest football achievement, however, was sending over 200 boys away to college, mostly on full scholarships. He was blessed with six sons and daughters-in-law, as well as 19 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He had great pleasure in coaching all of his sons in both football and track. All six sons played football in college. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children: Gary, his wife Patricia (Basso) of Essex Junction, Vt., and their children, Dr. Noah, his wife, Lindsay and daughter, Lucy, Erin McGaughnea and her husband, Chris, and Sean; Dr. Kenneth, his wife, Lori, of Lemoyne, Pa., and their children, Joseph, Alyssa, Michael, and Kiersten; Joseph of Orlando, Fla., and his children, Tyler, Lauren, and Carolina; Edward, his wife, Elizabeth, of Kingsport, Tenn., and their children, Bradley, Chad, and Matthew; John, his wife, Kristin, of Mountville, Pa., and their children, Luke, Conner, and Paige; and Dr. Michael, his wife, Katie of Lynchburg, Va., and their children, Hunter, Spencer, and Taylor; a sister, Alma Mannello and her husband, Charles, of Kulpmont; and his niece, Cindy, nephew, Charles, and their families. Jazz is well known for his contributions to the athletic community however, his family will remember their Pap best for the great joy he received from being with his children, grandchildren and greatgrandchild, whether it was the holidays, at the beach, or just together "on the Avenue." Pap was always the coach, not only in athletics, but in all aspects of life. He taught us humility, patience, respect, hard work and the importance of family. He gave us the gift of witnessing true love in his relationship with his best friend, and love of his life of 64 years, our Nana. We are truly blessed and grateful for all he has given us and for having him as the "head coach" of our family. A Funeral Mass was held Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at 11 a.m. in Divine Redeemer Church, 300 West Ave., Mount Carmel, Pa., with the Reverend Martin O. Moran III, officiating. Burial was held in St. Mary's Cemetery, Kulpmont. Viewing was held Monday, July 7, 2014, from 4 to 9 p.m. with a prayer service at 8 p.m. in the Mt. Carmel Jr. Sr. High School - Richard F. Beierschmitt Memorial Auditorium, 600 West Fifth St., Mount Carmel, PA 17851. C.J. Lucas Funeral Home, Inc., 27 North Vine St., Mount Carmel, C.J. Lucas IV, Supervisor, is handling arrangements. To send condolences to the family please visit www.cjlucasfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Ed Romance Chapter Sports Hall of Fame, Jazz Diminick Scholarship Fund, UNB Bank, 1 North Oak St., Mount Carmel, PA 17851; or to the Divine Redeemer Church, 438 West Ave., Mount Carmel, PA 17851.

Published in The Burlington Free Press on July 12, 2014
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