Joseph C. Pace, 80, of Old Forge, died Thursday evening under the care of Hospice of the Sacred Heart in the Commonwealth Hospice Inpatient Unit of Regional Hospital of Scranton. He is survived by his loving wife, Agnes Kalson Pace. Wed on July 16, 1983, the couple was married for 30 years.
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Born in Pittston on Sept. 5, 1933, son of the late Faust and Fannie Alba Pace, Joseph graduated from the former Pittston Twp. High School, class of 1951, before joining the Army to serve during the Korean War. For many years, he worked for his brother at LP Sportswear, before retiring from the Pittston Area School District, where he both drove the school bus and worked in the maintenance department. Of Roman Catholic faith, he was a member of Prince of Peace Parish in Old Forge.
An avid golfer who was always proud of hitting a hole-in-one, he was a member of the Emanon Country Club in West Pittston. He was also a member of both the Pittston Orioles and St. Rocco's Church's Fides Club. A sports fan, he rooted for both the Penn State Nittany Lions and the New York Yankees.
He is also survived by two daughters, JoAnn and Cathy; seven stepchildren, Amy Lawless and husband, Paul, with whom he resided; Vincent Salerno and wife, Angel, Old Forge; Daniel Salerno and wife, Wendy, Taylor; Kevin Salerno, Scranton; Christopher Salerno, Taylor; Stephen Salerno and wife, Sheila, Old Forge; and Eric Salerno and wife, Lisa, Clarks Summit; two siblings, Angie Hopkins and husband, John; and Louis Pace, all of Pittston; 14 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by a sister, Rose Salvo.
Funeral services are scheduled to begin on Monday at 11:30 a.m. from the Thomas P. Kearney Funeral Home Inc., 517 N. Main St., Old Forge, with a Mass of Christian Burial at noon at St. Mary of the Assumption Church at Prince of Peace Parish, 123 W. Grace St., Old Forge, to be celebrated by the Rev. August A. Ricciardi, pastor. Interment, Holy Cross Cemetery, Old Forge.
Relatives and friends may pay respects Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 600 Baltimore Drive #7, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702, in gratitude for the amazing care in which its staff gave to him during his illness.
Visit www.kearneyfuneralhome.com for directions or to leave an online condolence.
Kearney Funeral Homes
517 North Main Street Old Forge, PA 18518-1811
Published in Scranton Times on May 3, 2014