Joseph "Eker" Ketcha, 87, of Olyphant, died Saturday afternoon at Moses Taylor Hospital, Scranton. His wife of 55 years is Helen Pegula Ketcha.
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Born in Jessup on Aug. 17, 1926, he was the last surviving member of his family and son of the late John and Mary Chowanec Ketcha. A resident of Jessup most of his life, he graduated from Jessup High School and later attended trade school in Wisconsin to study electrical wiring. He served in the Army during World War II and was a 61-year member of the American Legion Raymond D. Henry Post 327 of Olyphant.
He resided in Olyphant the past 25 years and was a member of Holy Ghost Byzantine Catholic Church in Jessup and Pipefitters & Plumbers U.A. Local 524 in Scranton. Before his retirement, he was employed by the local pipefitters union and worked in Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey.
He was a loving and caring husband and father, and a very religious man who loved his church. He liked traveling and cruises, trips to the casinos, picking huckleberries and mushrooms, and also enjoyed watching westerns, and football and baseball games on television. His hobbies were woodworking and playing cards, but both he and his wife found great enjoyment being entertained by their African Gray parrot.
His family would like to thank all the caregivers that came to their home, and to doctors Novroski and Fitzpatrick and the entire ER staff at Moses Taylor Hospital for their kindness and compassionate care. You were truly a comfort to us.
Also surviving are his daughter, Lisa Ketcha-Tracewski, Scranton; two sisters-in-law, Lovey Ketcha, Olyphant; and Anna Pegula, Jessup; nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was also preceded in death by six sisters, Mary Bailey, Anna, Olga, Kathryn, Rose and Margaret Ketcha; six brothers, John, Michael, Harry, Nick, Steve and infant Metro; and a son-in-law, Robert A. Tracewski.
The funeral will be Saturday at 9 a.m. from the Arthur A. Albini Funeral Home, 1003 Church St., Jessup, with Divine Liturgy at 9:30 in Holy Ghost Byzantine Catholic Church, First Avenue, Jessup. Interment with military honors, parish cemetery, Jessup.
Relatives and friends may call Friday from 4 to 7 p.m., with parastas at 6:30.
Albini Funeral Home
1003 Church St Jessup, PA 18434
Published in Scranton Times on Oct. 30, 2013