Joseph E. Dane

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  • "Joe Dane was a true gentleman in every since of the word...."
    - Tim Foley
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  • "Deb and family, I hope you find comfort as the days..."
    - Jill Mathewson
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    - Michael Chan
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    - Sherry Masterson
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Joseph E. Dane, 87, died peacefully, surrounded by family, on July 27 in Dunmore, Pa. He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Pauline Zapotsky Dane, whom he was married to for 59 years.

Joe was born on July 12, 1927, in Wilkes-Barre. He was the son of the late Walter and Kathleen Burt Dane. He was one of five boys, including his twin brother, Gavin. Joe attended Benedictine High School in Richmond, Va. Later in life, he took distance-learning courses through Cornell University, which led to a certificate in business management. During World War II, Joe joined the United States Coast Guard, serving his country in the Pacific.

Joe enjoyed two very successful careers. His first, in the supermarket business, lasted close to 50 years, and took him to 15 different cities as he worked his way up the ladder. Joe began his career as a butcher in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., with the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company. By the time he left in 1979, he was director of store operations for the Northeast United States, based in Boston. He moved from A&P to Acme Markets, where he spent 14 years, retiring in 1993 as regional vice president for the Mid-Atlantic region, based in Whippany, N.J. Joe was a consummate businessman, a well-respected leader and someone who knew the grocery business as well as anyone ever has.

After his retirement from the grocery business, Joe's second career was focused on raising money for local parishes in the Greater Scranton area. He applied his tireless spirit and energy to every project he took on, beginning with St. Mary of Mount Carmel Parish in Dunmore. Together with his longtime friend, Ang Ciccotti, they combined their skills to chair a very successful Capital Campaign for the restoration of St. Mary's. People knew that when Joe and Ang came knocking, they weren't going to give up until they got what they came for! As a result, St. Mary's was able to complete all of the needed renovation and restoration that would bring it back to its original beauty.

In 1990, both Joe and Paula became very active at St. Ann's Parish in West Scranton. Joe chaired the committee to raise the funds necessary to restore the church after it became eligible to be designated as a basilica. Together, Joe and Paula also conceived and spearheaded the effort to create the Memorial Walkway at St. Ann's, which surrounds the Stations of the Cross. Thanks to Joe and Paula's tireless efforts, this walkway continues to live on, prosper and be cherished by the tens of thousands who visit St. Ann's every year.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to the team at Celtic Health Care, including Lorilyn, Karen, Lori, Liz, Michelle and Dave. Thank you to the Dunmore Health Care Center and all those who cared so much for him and made him feel at home every day. We would also like to thank Dr. Joe Leo for his tireless care and dedication.

Joe is survived by three sons, Patrick J. and wife, Marie Dane, Southport, N.C.; Timothy J. Dane, Beaufort, S.C.; and Michael P. and wife, Mary Beth Dane, Chester Springs; two daughters, Carole and husband, John DeLuca, East Amherst, N.Y.; and Deborah and husband, Dominic Muracco, Scranton; a brother, Tom and wife, Joyce Dane, Bethlehem; 16 grandchildren, Courtney and husband, Justin Beekhuis; Matt and wife, Niki Dane; Ashleigh Dane, Anne Marie and husband, Ross Comaratta; Brian and wife, Nicole DeLuca; John Paul DeLuca, Colleen DeLuca, Dominic and wife, Tina Muracco; Dennis Muracco, Chris Muracco, Jennifer and husband, Jeff Brown; Rebecca Dane, Will Dane, Katie Dane and twins, Michael and Joseph Dane; and 12 great-grandchildren, Connor and Colin Beekhuis, Danielle, Patrick and Riley Dane, Luca and Rosalie Comaratta, Jack, Ava and Ella DeLuca, Courtnie Muracco and Jacob Brown.

Joe was also preceded in death by an infant son, Dennis; and four brothers, John, Walter, James and twin brother, Gavin Dane.

The funeral will be Wednesday from the Albert P. O'Donnell Funeral Home, 2025 Green Ridge St., Dunmore, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. at St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church, 322 Chestnut St., Dunmore. Entombment, Cathedral Cemetery.

Friends may call today from 4 to 8 p.m. As with his wife, Paula, the funeral procession for Joe will make a stop at St. Ann's Basilica to pay respect to Saint Ann and as a final thank you for all of the blessings she has brought into the lives of Joe and Paula and their family. All those attending the funeral are asked to go directly to the church on Wednesday morning.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to St. Mary's of Mt. Carmel Parish in Dunmore or to the Memorial Walkway Fund of St. Ann's Basilica in Scranton.


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Albert P O'Donnell Funeral Home
2025 Green Ridge St
Dunmore, PA 18512
(570) 344-1819
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Published in Scranton Times on July 29, 2014
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