Joseph J. Garboczi passed away Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, in Lancaster General Hospital. He resided at Pleasant View Retirement Community, Manheim, for 11 years prior to his hospitalization.
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He was born in Wilkes-Barre Township on Aug. 19, 1919, son of the late Nicholas and Madeline (Dobos) Garboczi. He resided in Kingston from 1946 to 2002. He was a graduate of Wilkes-Barre Township High School and Wyoming Seminary Dean School of Business and had taken courses at Wilkes College.
Prior to his retirement, he was employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre for 33 years as chief of purchase and contract section. One of the last contracts he supervised was the building of the new VA nursing facility in Wilkes-Barre.
Joe was a veteran of World War II in the South Pacific, attaining the rank of sergeant. He served in New Guinea, was wounded in New Britain and was awarded the purple heart.
Joe was a life member of the Hungarian Presbyterian Church on Bowman Avenue, Kingston, which was destroyed in the 1972 Agnes flood. Joe continued membership in Bennett Presbyterian Church in Luzerne, where he served as elder and treasurer. He attended chapel services at Pleasant View.
Surviving him are a sister-in-law, Dorothy (Sorber) Garboczi, Manheim; nephews, Joseph Ishley, Decatur, Ala.; John Garboczi, Lancaster; and David and Edward Garboczi, Gaithersburg, Md.; a niece, Linda Garboczi, Alexandria, Va.; seven great-nephews, two great-nieces, three great-great-nephews and one great-great-niece.
He was preceded in death, in addition to his parents, by a sister, Elizabeth Ishley, Wilkes-Barre; and a brother, Nicholas Garboczi, Lancaster.
The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Hugh B. Hughes & Son Inc. Funeral Home, 1044 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort, with the Rev. James Quinn, pastor, officiating. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home and one hour before the service Saturday. Interment will be in the family plot at Cedar Crest Cemetery, Trucksville, following the service.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Joe's memory may be sent to Bennett Presbyterian Church, 501 Bennett St., Luzerne PA 18709.
To send an online condolence, please visit our website at www.hughbhughes.com.
Published in Citizens' Voice on Feb. 18, 2013