Joseph W. Pirhalla(1929 - 2013)

Joseph W. Pirhalla

AGE: 83 • Wilmington

Joseph W. Pirhalla, age 83, of Wilmington, DE passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 3, 2013 with family by his side. Joe was born on Christmas Day, 1929, in Olyphant, PA. He graduated from the University of Scranton and served in the Korean War. Joe retired from ICI Americas as an analytical chemist in 1988. His passions were family, golfing and friends. Joe will be fondly remembered for his humble spirit, quiet strength and wonderful sense of humor.

Joe is survived by his wife of 55 years, Eleanor R. Pirhalla (Neveroski); children Ruth Ann Davis (Jim), Nancy Farrow (Glenn), Janice Smick (Rick), Eric Pirhalla (Jill), James Pirhalla and Douglas Pirhalla; grandchildren Steve, Calvin, Nathan, Jacob, Kathryn, Christian, Nicholas, Devin, Keira, Scott and Amy. Joe is also survived by his sisters Irene Russin and Carol Tunis and many other relatives. Joe was predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Therese Pirhalla, sister Betty and brother Robert. A Mass of Christian Burial honoring Joe's life will be held on Saturday, November 16 at 10:30 am at Resurrection Parish, 3000 Videre Drive, Wilmington, DE. Visitation will be from 9:30 - 10:30 am. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in memory of Joe be sent to SECU Family House, 123 Old Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27517 or Jesus House Prayer and Renewal Center, 2501 Old Milltown Rd., Wilmington, DE 19808.

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Published in The News Journal from Nov. 13 to Nov. 15, 2013