Joseph C. Pace, 80, of Old Forge passed away Thursday evening, May 1, 2014, under the care of Hospice of the Sacred Heart in the Commonwealth Hospice Inpatient Unit of the Regional Hospital of Scranton.
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He is survived by his loving wife, Agnes Kalson Pace. Wed on July 16, 1983, the couple were married for 30 years.
Born in Pittston on Sept. 5, 1933, son of the late Faust and Fannie Alba Pace, Joseph graduated from the former Pittston Township High School, Class of 1951, before joining the U.S. Army to serve during the Korean War.
For many years, he worked for his brother at L.P. Sportswear, before retiring from the Pittston Area School District, where he drove the school bus and worked in the maintenance department.
An avid golfer who was always proud of hitting a "hole in one," he was a member of the Emanon Country Club in West Pittston. He was also a member of the Pittston Orioles and St. Rocco's Church's Fides Club. A sports fan, he rooted for the Penn State Nittany Lions and the New York Yankees.
Of Roman Catholic faith, he was a member of Prince of Peace Parish in Old Forge.
He is also survived by two daughters, JoAnn and Cathy; seven stepchildren, Amy Lawless and husband, Paul, with whom he resided; Vincent Salerno and wife, Angel, Old Forge; Daniel Salerno and wife, Wendy, Taylor; Kevin Salerno, Scranton; Christopher Salerno, Taylor; Stephen Salerno and wife, Sheila, Old Forge; and Eric Salerno and wife, Lisa, Clarks Summit; two siblings, Angie Hopkins and husband, John, and Louis Pace, all of Pittston; 14 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
A sister, Rose Salvo, also preceded him in death.
Funeral services are scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. Monday from Thomas P. Kearney Funeral Home Inc., 517 N. Main St., Old Forge, with a noon Mass of Christian Burial in St. Mary of the Assumption Church at Prince of Peace Parish, 123 W. Grace St., Old Forge, to be celebrated by the Rev. August A. Ricciardi, pastor.
Interment will be held in Holy Cross Cemetery, Old Forge.
Relatives and friends may pay their respects from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Joseph's name to Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 600 Baltimore Drive No. 7, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702, in gratitude for the amazing care in which their staff gave to him during his illness.
Please visit www.KearneyFuneralHome.com for directions or to leave an online condolence.
Kearney Funeral Homes
517 North Main Street Old Forge, PA 18518-1811
Published in Citizens' Voice on May 3, 2014