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May 10, 2010
Joseph C. Sciarrone, 86, of Pottsville, passed away Monday morning at Schuylkill Medical Center-East Norwegian Street.
Born in Pottsville, Nov. 8, 1923, he was a son of the late Rocco and Giuseppina Sorlete Sciarrone.
He was a member of the former St. Joseph Church, Pottsville, and a member of St. Vincent DePaul Church, Girardville.
Joseph was a 1942 graduate of Pottsville Catholic High School. He also belonged to the 40 et 8 Schuylkill Voiture 695, Port Carbon American Legion Post 371, and VFW Post 129.
He proudly served his country in the Navy during World War II from 1943 to 1945. During that time, he operated an LST in the Normandy Invasion. He received several medals while in the service, including Victory Medal, the American Arena and the European Theater.
He worked for the Pennsylvania DER as a mine inspector for more than 20 years, retiring in 1985. He also was a painter and paper hanger through the years.
He was an avid gardener and will be remembered for his prize-winning Italian tomatoes.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Margo Jayne Bower Sciarrone, in 1997; a brother, R.F. Sciarrone; and two sisters, Anna Barbetti and Mary Guth.
Joseph is survived by two daughters, Barbara Kasper, Pottsville, and Louise Marasco, Orwigsburg; three grandchildren, Tony Marasco, West Lawn, Dr. William Kasper, Lebanon, and Dr. David Kasper, Huntington Valley; three great-grandchildren; three sisters, Louise Sciarrone, Drexel Hill, Helen Sciarrone, Clifton Heights, and Mary Lopez, Drexel Hill; nieces and nephews.
Friends and family are invited to a funeral service at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Lord-Bixler Funeral Home Inc., Pottsville. A viewing will be held from 9 a.m. until the time of service. Interment with military honors will follow in Charles Baber Cemetery. Lord-Bixler Funeral Home Inc., Pottsville, is in charge of arrangements.
Published in Republican & Herald from May 11 to May 12, 2010