Joseph J. Tarnalicki Jr., 87, of Freed Street, Sugar Notch, passed away peacefully Monday, June 2, 2014, in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.
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Joseph was born April 11, 1927, in Wilkes-Barre Township, the son of the late Joseph Tarnalicki and Antonina Rojowski Glump Tarnalicki. He attended Marymount High School, Wilkes-Barre.
He was employed by Boilermakers Local 13, Philadelphia, for more than 55 years. He worked at numerous nuclear, coal and oil power plants and refineries. Prior to that he was employed as a tube bender by Superior Combustion.
Joseph was proud to serve his country and was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Navy from 1945 to 1946. He was the recipient of the Victory Medal, American Theater Medal and Asiatic Pacific Medal.
He was a life member of Holy Family Parish, Sugar Notch, where he was active in the Holy Name Society and served as an usher.
Joseph belonged to many civic and social organizations, including the Ashley-Sugar Notch School Board, the Sugar Notch Conservation Club, the Six County Firemen's Association, the Luzerne County Fire Chiefs Association, the Sugar Notch Fire Department, AMVETS Post 59, the American Legion, Sugar Notch, the Lithuanian Club and numerous other organizations.
He loved to hunt, fish, garden and pick his own berries and grapes to make his infamous homemade wine. He taught himself to play the harmonica and accordion and was always happy to perform for his grandchildren and family.
Preceding him in death were his brothers, Walter and Henry Glump and Anthony and Frank Tarnalicki, and sister, Helen Glump.
Surviving at home is his wife, Eva Tarnalicki. They would have celebrated 66 years of marriage in July 2014. Also surviving are daughters, Mary Ann Williams, Sugar Notch, and her companion, Ken Roberts Sr., Kingston; and Helen Calvert and her husband, Richard, Trout Run; sons, Joseph Tarnalicki and his wife, Maribeth, Shavertown; and Louis Tarnalicki and his wife, Charlene, West Wyoming; 12 grandchildren, Jennifer Crouse, Kelly and Karen Kovach, Nick Williams, Stacy Sauers, Ronald and Michael Marshallick, Megan and Joseph Tarnalicki, Nicole Morgan and Matthew Tarnalicki; five great-grandchildren; and brothers, Casmir and John Tarnalicki, both of Colonia, N.J. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive.
Military funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday from George A. Strish Inc. Funeral Home, 105 N. Main St., Ashley.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. in Holy Family Parish, Main Street, Sugar Notch.
Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at the funeral home.
Published in Citizens' Voice from June 3 to June 4, 2014
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