Joseph Foster, 88, of Orwin, died Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013 at Tremont Health and Rehabilitation Center.
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His wife of 62 years, Eva Lorraine Stutzman Foster died in 2007.
He was a Navy veteran of WWII, having served as a Storekeeper, 2nd Class at the Mechanicsburg Naval Depot most of his tour. Following his discharge he worked at the Tower City A&P. He will be most remembered by residents of the valley as a driver for City Cleaners and Dryers for 20 years. Before retiring he worked for AMP, Inc. Tower City.
He was born the son of Leroy and Kate (Tschopp) Foster on April 4, 1925 in Wiconisco. He was pre-deceased by brothers, Elmer, Roy "Ed" and Charles Foster; sisters, Nellie Snyder, Joyce Mislyn and Katie Foster and a granddaughter, Kristi Foster.
He is survived by a brother, Paul; and sisters, Bessie McNeal, Shirley Leshko, Esther Machamer, Hope Mace and Jennie Foster. He and his wife, Eva, were the parents of two children, Joseph R. (wife Barbara Koester) Foster, Batesville, IN and Ann E. English (widow of Edward English), Hollywood FL.; There are five grandchildren: Keri (David) Sugerik, Lorain, OH; Richard (Christine) English, Orlanda FL; Kae Lee (Ray) Aschettino, Hebron KY; and Mark (Jenn) Foster, Cuyahoga, Falls, OH. He especially enjoyed his seven great-grandchildren, Alex and Allison English; Devin and Abby Sugerik, Eva and Ean Foster and Emily Aschettino.
He was very active in St. Peter's United Church of Christ, Orwin, providing leadership in a variety of capacities. He was a long time member of St. Peter's Joint Cemetery Board and the Church's Consistory. He was a member of the Wiconisco Alumni Association. He began the William Foster Family Reunion and was its president for many years. For many years, he delivered meals for the Meals on Wheels program in Porter Township.
Mr. Foster's wish was cremation. An inurnment will take place at St. Peter's Cemetery, Orwin at the convenience of the family.
Memorial contributions can be made to St. Peter's United Church of Christ, Dietrich Avenue, Orwin, PA 17980. Dimon Funeral Homes, Inc. was in charge of arrangements. To sign the guestbook visit www.dimonfuneralhome.com.
Published in News Item on Nov. 28, 2013