Joseph W. Kleinschmidt

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COAL TOWNSHIP — Joseph W. Kleinschmidt, 77, of 960 W. Willow St., went into the arms of our Lord Jesus Christ in the early morning of Sunday, May 4, 2014.

He was born Sept. 8, 1936, in Danville, a son of Therese (Podhajski) Kleinschmidt and the late Joseph L. Kleinschmidt.

He attended St. Edward Grade School and earned his GED while serving in the U.S. Army.

Joseph served in the U.S. Army from 1959 until his retirement and honorable discharge April 30, 1984. He served in Korea, Germany and Japan, and completed two tours of duty in Vietnam. He received the National Service Defense Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with three Bronze Stars, Armed Forced Expeditionary Medal, two Overseas Service Bars, Good Conduct Medal 7th Award, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Purple Heart Professional Development Ribbon, and Army Commendation Medal Expert Badge in the following: M50 machine gun, .45 caliber pistol, M60 machine gun, M16 rifle and hand grenade. While in the military, he was a heavy-equipment operator, which he loved. He was discharged after attaining the rank of staff sergeant.

He was a member of Mother Cabrini Church, the Knights of Columbus, the American Legion of Kulpmont, the Shamokin Moose and the Elks.

Joseph enjoyed spending time with his brother, Bob, and his friends at the car lot.

He is survived by his mother, Therese Kleinschmidt, of Coal Township; a sister, Margaret Kleinschmidt, of Shamokin, and his brother and best friend, Bob Kleinschmidt, and his wife, Cathy, of Tharptown. Also surviving are his fiancé's children, Lisa Shamblem and Linda Zalar.

He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph Kleinschmidt, and his fiance, Marlene Fessler.

KLEINSCHMIDT — Joseph W. Kleinschmidt, 77, of 960 W. Willow St., Coal Township. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at Mother Cabrini Church, 214 N. Shamokin St., with burial to follow in St. Edward's Cemetery. Viewing will be held from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the Leonard J. Lucas Funeral Home Ltd., 120 S. Market St., Shamokin 17872.
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Published in The News Item on May 6, 2014
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