Joseph J. Fluegel, 84, passed away peacefully into eternal rest Wednesday, May 15, 2013, at home.
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He was born May 15, 1929, in Wilkes-Barre to the late Mary Lehman Fluegel Weiss, Joseph J. Fluegel, and stepfather, Walter Weiss.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Robert Fluegel, and grandson, Joseph J. Fluegel III.
Joseph was a graduate and class president of St. Nicholas High School, Wilkes-Barre, Class of 1947.
He was a life member of St. Nicholas Parish, Wilkes-Barre, the Holy Name Society, and served on the building and grounds committee.
Joseph was a member of the U.S. Navy and served as a radarman second class.
He was a life member of the Wilkes-Barre YMCA, St. Conrad's Young Men's Society and American Legion Post 673, Ashley. He was also a life member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers 163.
He served as president of Schmidt Electrical Contracting Corp. until his retirement in 1994.
Joseph (Lucky Joe) was an avid bowler, bowling in leagues at Stanton Lanes and Chacko's, and was a thoroughbred horse racing enthusiast. He enjoyed spending his mornings at the Wilkes-Barre YMCA exercising and swimming after morning Mass, and loved to spend time with his family.
Joseph is survived by his wife of 56 years, Josephine George Fluegel, Wilkes-Barre; daughter, MaryJo Poepperling and husband, Jerry, Mountain Top; son, Joseph J. Fluegel and wife, Nance, Plymouth; daughter, Patricia Oldziejewski and husband, Mark Sr., Wilkes-Barre; son, Richard Fluegel and wife, Patricia, Rochester, N.Y.; daughter, Leah Olex, Kentucky; and daughter, Kathleen Fluegel, Wilkes-Barre.
In addition, Joseph is survived by his grandchildren, Jerry Poepperling Jr. and wife, Danielle, West Pittston; James Poepperling and wife, Katherine, Waverly; Amanda Stiles and husband, David, Swoyersville; Carissa Becker and husband, John, Mountain Top; Mark Oldziejewski Jr., Wilkes-Barre; Alicia Oldziejewski, Nanticoke; Logan Fluegel, Plymouth; and Richard Jr. and Jacob Fluegel, Rochester, N.Y.; and great-grandchildren, Kyle Poepperling, Moira and Sadahlia Poepperling, Aliyah, Loralei and Anthony Becker, Mark III, Dorian and Bella Oldziejewski and Samuel Stiles.
The funeral will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday from Mamary-Durkin Funeral Service, 59 Parrish St., Wilkes-Barre, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Nicholas Parish, Wilkes-Barre.
Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township. Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday.
Donations may be made in Joseph's memory to St. Nicholas Parish, 226 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701, 570-823-7736.
Mamary-Durkin Funeral Service, Inc - Wilkes Barre
59 Parrish St.
Wilkes Barre, PA 18702
Published in Citizens' Voice on May 16, 2013