101 years young, of Reserve Township, on Wednesday, March 12, 2014, died peacefully at the Vincentian Home, Pittsburgh. He was born December 21, 1912, a son of the late John and Barbara Kasunich. Joe, a lifelong resident of Reserve Township, ran a truck farm until the age of 94. He was a regular vendor at the old Farmers Market on the North Side until its closure to make room for the Three Rivers Stadium. He sold plants and vegetables from his greenhouse and hot beds in Reserve Township. At Vincentian he was given the title of "resident gardener and botanical consultant". Joe was an avid Pittsburgh sports fan of all the home teams, especially the Pirates, and he had a baseball cap for every team. In addition to his parents, Joe was preceded in death by his brothers, John, Charles, Thomas, and Francis, and sisters, Anna Stayduhar and Christina Gieger. He his survived by his sister, Helen Britenbaugh; generations of nephews and nieces; and his extended family at Vincentian Home who befriended him over of the last eight years. The Kasunich family sends a special thank you to the staff and volunteers at Vincentian for their care and concern for Uncle Joe. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Vincentian Garden Fund, 111 Perrymont Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237. Visitation Friday 1-8 p.m. at MILLER-BRADY FUNERAL HOME, 1550 Lowrie St. (Troy Hill). Funeral Mass of Christian Burial Saturday 9:30 a.m. at St. Aloysius Church.
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Mar. 14, 2014