Joseph F. Puhalla, Scranton, died Thursday afternoon at his home. His wife of 48 years is the former Ann Hill.
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Born in Throop, he was son of the late Joseph K. and Emma Mazzucca Puhalla. He served proudly in the Navy for 22 years, retired, and was a member of Herbert Clark American Legion Post 180. Before his retirement, he was an assistant manager for the Pennsylvania State Liquor Stores and was a member of Mary, Mother of God Parish in Scranton.
He loved music and knew only two lines of every song ever written and could do the twist with the best of them. He was a humble family man who loved his kids and most of the neighborhood as well. Everyone could count on "Mr. P." He always had your back.
Also surviving are a son, Joseph and his wife, Nicole, Dickson City; two daughters, Kelly and her husband, Rich; and Tracy and her husband, Billy, all of Scranton; eight grandchildren, Ellie, Courtney, Katie, Gavin, Riley, Heather, Natalie and Olivia; two brothers, Pete (Diane) and Paul (Vaughan); three sisters, Gloria Meta (Joe), Madeline Puhalla and Ann Marie Kalinoski (Vince); and several nieces and nephews.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday at 11 a.m. in Mary, Mother of God Parish at Holy Rosary Church. Friends attending are asked to go directly to the church. Interment with military rites, St. Joseph's Cemetery, Throop.
Friends may call Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the John F. Glinsky Funeral Home, 445 Sanderson St., Throop. In lieu of flowers, please send memorial contributions to Amelia's Army at GoFundMe.com. Send online condolences to firstname.lastname@example.org
John F Glinsky Funeral Home
445 Sanderson St
Throop, PA 18512
Published in Scranton Times on Apr. 27, 2014