Angelo (Joe Pie) Spadell

Angelo (Joe Pie) Spadell, 84, of Lattimer passed away Tuesday evening, Jan. 28, 2014, after a brief illness, at the residence of his daughter and son-in-law, Jo Ann and Gary Rosato, surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Lattimer, he was the youngest son of the late Angelo and Carmella Simone Spadell.

He was a 1947 graduate of Hazle Township High School and was active in planning and organizing his class reunions, and most recently his 65th reunion in 2012.

During the Korean War, he served two years in the U.S. Army as a member of the military police and was stationed in Germany.

He worked many years as a pharmacy technician at Justofin's Pharmacy alongside his brother-in-law, Bob Justofin. Later, he worked for and retired from the Luzerne County Road and Bridge Department.

He was very active in local politics, serving as a Hazle Township supervisor and then later as the Democratic chairman of the First District. He was also a Democratic committeeman for many years, and most recently he served on the board of directors of the Greater Hazleton Joint Sewer Authority.

He was a life member of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Lattimer, until its closing several years ago. Currently, he was a parishioner of Good Shepherd Roman Catholic Church, Drums. He was also a member of the Freeland Vets and the Jeddo Stars.

Joe Pie loved planting and tending to his vegetable garden, and he enjoyed sharing his "bumper crops" with family and friends. He loved reading World War II books and doing crossword puzzles. He was an outdoor enthusiast and previous hunter and enjoyed sports, especially the New York Yankees. He loved to travel and visited many parts of our country, but especially enjoyed his return visit to Germany.

Preceding him in death, in addition to his parents, were his wife in 2011, the former Constance Kulig; brothers, Rocco and Michael Spadell; and sisters, Mary Christino, Rose Birosh and Catherine Botchick.

He was a beloved father of three daughters, Marie Bellizia and her husband, Tony, Lattimer; Laura Yamona and her husband, John, Ridgewood; and Jo Ann Rosato and her husband, Gary, Lattimer. He was also survived by his grandchildren, Garrison Rosato and his fiancee, Stacie Witman, and Jake Yamona, Plymouth Meeting; sisters, Lucy Salvaggio, Allentown; and Anna Panenko, Dickson City; and numerous nieces and nephews.

His funeral will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in Joseph A. Moran Funeral Home, 229 W. 12th St., Hazleton.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. in Good Shepherd Church, Drums.

Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Drums.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Angelo's memory to the charity of one's own choice.

Condolences may be sent through www.moranfuneralhome.com.

Published in Citizens' Voice on Jan. 31, 2014