Joseph J. Pupa Jr., 83, of Pittston Twp., died Friday at home. He and his wife, Letitia A. Cicilioni Pupa, would have celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary Oct. 28.
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Born June 21, 1926, in Pittston, he was the son of the late Joseph J. Pupa Sr. and Charlotte Cihonski Pupa. For a time during his youth, he resided in Ventnor, N.J., where he was an accomplished musician playing with the National Conservatory of Music. He was a graduate of Pittston Twp. High School, class of 1944. He was a life member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Pittston, a former member of UNICO of Luzerne County and the Elks Club and a member of the Pennsylvania National Guard. He was a life member of AMVETS.
He began his career working for Interstate Home Improvement Co. in Wilkes-Barre, which was founded by his father, Joseph J. Pupa Sr., in 1938. He became president of the family-owned business, renaming it Interstate Aluminum Distributors and moving to the Pittston bypass in 1963, which was the first building on the new bypass. In the 1980s, the business became known as Interstate Building Materials and later had a manufacturing division known as Interstate Windows and Doors. The business is now managed by his son, Joseph J. Pupa III.
He retired in 2000, and he and his wife traveled the world extensively, a passion they both shared.
Joseph died surrounded by his loving family.
Also surviving are a son, Joseph J. Pupa III and wife, Marla, Jenkins Twp.; two daughters, Joyce M. Hoban and husband, Robert J., Franklin Twp.; and Lita E. Insalaco and husband, Leonard, Jenkins Twp.; eight grandchildren, Daniel David Son, Michael Angelo Son, Patrick Joseph Son, Alicia M. Roback, Deanna Barone, Maria Insalaco, Christina Insalaco and Gina Insalaco; five great-grandchildren, Olivia and Isabella Roback; Tatiana, Alana and Dominica Barone.
The funeral will be Monday at 9:30 a.m. from the Peter J. Adonizio Funeral Home, 802 Susquehanna Ave., West Pittston, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Pittston, to be celebrated by the Rev. Paul McDonnell, O.S.J. AMVETS Honor Guard will hold military honors. Entombment, at the convenience of the family in Denison Cemetery, Swoyersville.
Friends may call today, 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., in the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Oblates of St. Joseph's, 1880 Highway 315, Pittston, PA 18640; or a charity of the donor's choice. For online condolences, go to www.peter jadoniziofuneralhome.com.
Published in Scranton Times from Sept. 19 to Sept. 20, 2009
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