Joseph H. May of Taylor, formerly of the Providence section of Scranton, died Wednesday at Regional Hospital of Scranton following an illness. He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances Kozak, on Sept. 7, 2002.
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Born in Scranton, son of the late James B. and Mariel Mahon May Stracham, he was a graduate of Scranton Central High School and attained a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from the University of Scranton. Before retirement, Joe was employed in the public safety department of the University of Scranton for more than 25 years. He was a member of St. Patrick's Church.
He was an avid reader and especially enjoyed history. He was a Civil War and World War II buff. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and brother. He was dearly loved and will be missed by all.
Surviving are three daughters, Kimberly Sabatell and companion, Roman Wytovich; and Mariel May, all of Taylor; and Jennifer Toro and husband, Donald, Beulaville, N.C.; six grandchildren, James and Ashley Sabatell; Kaylynne and Alexander Enloe; Kaylie and Evan Toro; four brothers, Michael and wife, Jeanne, Frederick, Md.; Mark and wife, Deborah, Scranton; Sean and wife, Marie, Clarks Summit; and Edward and wife, Allison, Scranton; two sisters, Ann Marciano and companion, Robert Woodcock; and Helene Jablonski, all of Scranton; a sister-in-law, Cindy May, Clarks Summit; several nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by a brother, John Patrick May.
The funeral will be Monday from the Solfanelli-Fiorillo Funeral Home Inc., 1030 N. Main Ave., Scranton, with Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Patrick's Church, 1403 Jackson St. Interment, Cathedral Cemetery.
Friends may call Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the National Down Syndrome Society, 666 Broadway, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10012.
Visit www.solfanellifiorillofuneralhome.com for information, directions, or to leave an online condolence.
Solfanelli-Fiorillo Funeral Home
1030 N Main Ave Scranton, PA 18508
Published in Scranton Times on June 14, 2013