JOSEPH EISELE Joseph Eisele of Harleysville, died Saturday, at Lehigh Valley Medical Center from complications following surgery. He was 76. Born on Long Island and raised just outside of Kelly Corners, NY, in the Catskill Mountains, Joe spent most of his youth on a dairy farm with his parents, Carl and Margaret Eisele, and his brothers, Charles "Buddy" and Jim. In 1954 at the age of 18 he joined the U.S. Navy
, where he spent his years of service as an Electronics Technician aboard a mine-sweeper patrolling the waters off of the Eastern Seaboard. Soon after leaving the Service, he reconnected with Fran Sandow of Bronx, NY, who he'd met while her family was vacationing in the Catskills 6 years earlier. They were soon married and moved to Harleysville shortly thereafter. They would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary June 1, 2013. In addition to his wife Fran, Joe is survived by his three sons, James, Sean and Kenneth, his brother James and five grandchildren. Joe's career started with IBM as an electronics repairman, but he quickly transitioned into computer programming, a field that was in its infancy. Over his 40-plus-year career, he worked on thousands of notable projects for many prestigious clients such as the Naval Air Development Center (the P-3 Orion "hunter-killer"), the U.S. Postal Service, and the Department of the Treasury. He officially retired in 2000 but remained busy as a freelance programmer as he truly loved what he did. Joe was always admired by coworkers and clients for his cool competence, the elegance of his designs, his easygoing demeanor and the fact that he seemed to know everything. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Joe's name to the Indian Family YMCA Strong Kids Campaign, 2506 N. Broad Street, Suite 208, Colmar, PA 18915 Attn: Strong Kids Campaign or to the Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Foundation, 1001 Fannin, Suite 1800, Houston, Texas 77002 Services for Joe will be private. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.WilliamsBergeyKoffel.com
. Arrangements are by the Williams-Bergey-Koffel Funeral Home, Inc. in Franconia Twp.