JOSEPH J. "EZ-JOE" SR.
76, of Conneaut Lake, passed away suddenly February 26, 2013. He was born November 11, 1936 in Lawrenceville, a son of the late William H. and Mary Ellen Saxinger Purnell. He married Mary Pounds August 15, 1998. Joe was a very proud U.S. Marine Corps. veteran, serving from 1954 to 1958. Survivors include his wife; three sons, Michael Purnell, Joseph Purnell, Jr., and Thomas Purnell; a daughter, Holly Moskowitz; two stepdaughters, Denise Ballard and Michelle Straughan; a stepson, Aaron Luke Klein; two brothers, Thomas Purnell and William Purnell; four sisters, Mary Ellen Purnell, Alice Niggl, Pat Shanahan, and Maxine Leist; ten grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; one great-grandson; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister, Anna Straka and a brother, John Purnell. Calling hour will be Saturday, March 9 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Our Lady Queen of the Americas Church, 155 S. Ninth St., Conneaut Lake where a Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12 p.m. Inurnment will be in the church cemetery with military honors. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sharing and Caring (Adopt a Veteran Program), P.O. Box 2616, Pittsburgh, PA 15230 or Toys for Tots, 654 Arch St., Suite C-001, Meadville, PA 16335 or online at www.toysfortots.org. Arrangements are under the direction of WAID- COLEMAN FUNERAL HOME, 12422 Conneaut Lake Rd., Conneaut Lake where you may share a memory or condolence at:
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Mar. 6, 2013