Joseph (Peppy) Falcone, 91, of Washington Square Apartments, Wilkes-Barre, passed away Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, at Commonwealth Hospice at St. Luke's Villa, Wilkes-Barre.
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He was born in Pittston on Aug. 29, 1921, a son of the late Angelo and Pauline Baiera Falcone. He attended Pittston High School.
Joseph was formerly employed by the United Pants Factory in Swoyersville and he was later employed for 25 years as a school crossing guard by the Wilkes-Barre Area School District.
Joseph was a former member of Holy Rosary Church, Wilkes-Barre, where he served as the head usher and as a member of the Holy Name Society. He was also a member of the St. Paolina Club in Wilkes-Barre.
Peppy was a loving and devoted father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He loved to dance, especially the jitterbug. This past summer he dazzled and delighted his family and friends with his dancing skills at his grandson's, Tony Decker Jr.'s, wedding.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Amelia Marino Falcone, in 2005; and by a son, Angelo, in 1999. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, John and Angelo; and by his sisters, Ann Marocco, Pauline Jones, Francine Bryk, Jenny Falcone and Carrie Guilano.
Surviving are daughters, Paula Decker and her husband, Tony, Plymouth; and Kimberly Paddock and her husband, Mark, Plymouth; grandchildren, Carla Kozick, Tony Decker Jr., Mark Paddock Jr., Tina Najera, Keith and Tony Falcone; great-grandchildren, Angelo Najera, Karly Kozick, Jayden, Casey and Danny Falcone; brother, Samuel Falcone and his wife, Theresa, Dupont; sisters, Josephine Falcone, Pittston; and Mary Lagguitar, Geneva, N.Y.; nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. Monday from Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, 89 Park Ave., Wilkes-Barre, with a Mass of Christian Burial to follow at 9:30 a.m. in St. Nicholas Church, 226 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township. Friends may call from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made at the funeral home to Commonwealth Hospice.
Online condolences may be sent by visiting Joseph's obituary at www.natandgawlasfuneralhome.com.
Published in Citizens' Voice on Jan. 5, 2013