Joseph W. Velehoski, 78, of Glendale passed away Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, at Hospice Communty Care, Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre, after a battle with cancer.
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Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late John and Isabelle Lopatowska Velehoski. He attended Moosic High School. He served in the U.S. Army.
Prior to his retirement 15 years ago, he was employed by ABF, Wilkes-Barre. More recently, he was employed by My Sister's Kitchen, Duryea.
He was a member of the American Legion Post 604, Moosic. Over the years, he was an avid supporter of Germania Hose Company, Duryea.
Joseph enjoyed playing cards, gardening and picking mushrooms.
He and his wife, the former Lois Thomas, celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary this past September.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are his sons, Joseph Velehoski and his wife, Ellen, Duryea; and Tim Velehoski, Duryea; daughter: Amy Velehoski and her fiance, Mike Richards, Glendale; granddaughters, Megan and Sarah Velehoski, Duryea; brother, John (Butch) Velehoski, Moosic; sisters, Elaine (Cookie) Velehoski, Moosic; and Barbara (Bunny) Sweet and her husband, Robert, Taylor; sister-in-law, Carole Thomas, Mystic, Conn.; nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Bernard J. Piontek Funeral Home Inc., 204 Main St., Duryea, with the Rev. Barbara Roberts, pastor of Moosic Methodist Church, Moosic, officiating. Interment will be in Langcliffe Cemetery, Avoca. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Pittston Area
or Hospice Community Care.
For information, or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.piontekfuneralhome.com.
Published in Citizens' Voice on Dec. 11, 2012