Joseph P. Barba

Feb. 19, 2013

Joseph P. Barba, 71, of the Browntown section of Pittston Township, passed away Tuesday morning at his home with his family by his side after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

Born in Pittston, he was a son of the late Joseph and Nellie (Dominick) Barba.

Joseph was a graduate of Pittston Township High School, Class of 1959, and served in the U.S. Army Reserve. He was employed by Topps Chewing Co.; Maurer & Scott, Pittston, and by Wyoming Valley Blasting Co., Plains Township, until his retirement.

He was a member of St. Joseph Marello Parish, William Street, Pittston.

He was preceded in death by his brothers Charles Barba Sr. and Alfonso Barba; and sister Sara Milazzo.

Surviving are his wife of 47 years, the former Joan J. Bonanni; daughters, Rochelle Meek and her husband, Michael, Rio Rancho, N.M., and Sue Ann Shamnoski and her husband, William, Pittston; son, Joseph A. Barba, and his wife, Nettie, Exeter; grandchildren, Joseph Preston Barba, Matthew Shamnoski, Steven Shamnoski and Morgan Jane Meek; sister Josephine Cordora, Pittston; brother Frank Barba, Albany; and several nieces and nephews.

Joseph's family would like to thanks the oncology department of Geisinger Medical Center for their care and support and Celtic Home Care for their wonderful care of Joseph.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday at 9:30 a.m. in St. Joseph Marello Parish, William Street, Pittston. There will be no calling hours. Arrangements provided by the Corcoran Funeral Home Inc., 20 S. Main St., Plains Township.

Memorial donations may be made to Celtic Home Care, 325 Wyoming Ave., Kingston, PA 18704.

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Published in Times Leader on Feb. 21, 2013