Joseph L. Schwab

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WILKES-BARRE — Joseph L. Schwab, formerly of Wilkes-Barre, passed away Sept. 4, 2018, at Bethany Village Retirement Center, Mechanicsburg.

Born in Wilkes-Barre on March 23, 1931, he was the son of the late James E. Schwab and Emma (Lahr) Schwab. Joe graduated from St. Nicholas High School, Class of 1949, and later went on to serve in the United States Army during the Korean War. Joe, a longtime member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Local 163, started a business from the basement of his home in 1960 and, along with his father and brother, owned and operated Schwab Electric Inc. in Wilkes-Barre for over 20 years. A former member of St. Therese Parish, he coached and sponsored several St. Therese Little League teams. Joe was an avid golfer and a past member of Wyoming Valley Country Club.

Preceding him in death were his parents; brother James L. Schwab; sisters-in-law Anne (Egidio) Schwab and Patricia (Brady) Egidio; and nephew James F. Schwab. Joe's survivors include his wife, Rosemary (Egidio) Schwab; and sons and daughters: Joe and his fiancée, Norma Yates, Susan and her husband, Matt Beddow, Michael and his wife, Dorothy (Charles), and Maryann Sperazza and her husband, Mike. Joe will also be missed by his grandchildren: Romana and Marco Bruderer-Schwab, Taylor, Nicole and Michael Schwab, Wyatt Beddow and Julian Sperazza. He is also survived by brother-in-law Frank and his wife, Jean Egidio, and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, at Mamary-Durkin Funeral Parlor, Parrish Street, Wilkes-Barre. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15, from St. Andrew's (formerly St. Patrick's) Church, Parrish Street, followed by a private interment at St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township.

The family would like to acknowledge and thank the staff of Bethany Village Retirement Center, Mechanicsburg, for the outstanding care and comfort they provided to Joe. For those who desire, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Bethany Village's Care Assurance Fund, c/o BV Development Office, 325 Wesley Drive, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055.

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Mamary-Durkin Funeral Service, Inc - Wilkes Barre
59 Parrish St.
Wilkes Barre, PA 18702
(570) 824-4601
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Published in Times Leader from Sept. 11 to Sept. 12, 2018
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