OLEAN - Joseph J. Ash of 1517 River St. passed away Monday (June 24, 2013) in Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, following a short illness.
Mr. Ash was born July 17, 1922, in Olean, and was a son of John Joseph and Adele Simon Ash Sr. On Sept. 2, 1957, at St. Joseph's Church in Olean, he married his wife of almost 56 years, Stephanie D. Mazur, who predeceased him April 23, 2013.
Joe graduated from Olean High School. While in high school, he worked at the family business, John J. Ash Dry Cleaners.
Joe served in the U.S. Army during World War II
from Oct. 16, 1942, to Dec. 3, 1945. After his service to his country, he returned to Olean and returned to the family business, where he continued to work throughout his whole career.
Joe was a member of St. Joseph's Maronite Church for more than 90 years. Joe enjoyed all sports, especially the horse track, and he even was a coach of the St. Joseph basketball team for a number of years. Joe was very dedicated to his church, where he was a trustee and volunteered to work at all of the festivals and dinners, and in 1979 he was the Masabki Award recipient.
He was an equally dedicated family man who loved and was loved by his family and truly enjoyed being with them.
Joe is survived by two sons, John J. Ash of Spokane, Wash., and Jerome A. (Lillian) Ash of Pittsford; one grandson, John Ash; one granddaughter, Emily Adele Ash; eight siblings, Emil Ash, Fred Ash, Nicholas Ash, Robert (Grace) Ash, Elizabeth Ash and John Ash, all of Olean, Mary Jane (Charles) Bredehoft of McLean, Va., and Adelle (Louis) Joseph of Anaheim, Calif.
In addition to his loving wife, Joe was predeceased by one grandson, Jordan Ash, on March 25, 2008; and a sister, Amelia Shaheen, in 1995.
Friends will be received from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Letro-McIntosh-Spink Funeral Home Inc., 646 E. State St., Olean. A service of incense will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Funeral services will held Saturday (June 29, 2013), beginning with a prayer service at 9:30 a.m. in the funeral home and followed by a funeral liturgy at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph's Parish at the Transfiguration Oratory. The Rev. Anthony J. Salim will celebrate. Burial will be in the St. Bonaventure Cemetery, with full military honors accorded by the ritual team of Allegany American Legion Charles Herbal Post 892.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Joseph's Parish, 331 N. Fourth St., Olean, NY 14760. Online condolences may be made at www.LetroMcIntoshSpinkFuneralHome.com.