Joseph Chipolis

Joseph Chipolis, 53, of Wyalusing, passed away Wednesday, March 13, 2013.

Joe was born Feb. 24, 1960 in Duryea, son of Robert and Mary Farino Chipolis. He graduated from Pittston Area High School, Class of 1978, having gone through the automotive vocational technology program. After school, Joe went to work for Taylor Beef (now Cargill Beef), where he worked for 35 years as a mechanic.

He met the love of his life, the former Joyce Stoddard of Sugar Run, in 1991, and they were married on June 8, 1996. Joe loved his family above all else. He was especially proud of his son, Jacob, and daughter, Emily. They were his pride and joy. His favorite activities were taking his kids out for ice cream and Chinese food, taking them spotlighting, sitting around the campfire with his family and friends, and spending time at the family's cottage in Black Lake, N.Y. He enjoyed farming, especially raising chickens. Joe enjoyed his job, especially his team of co-workers, who were also his good friends.

He was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Wyalusing; the Rob Wood Mountain Gun Club and a social member of the VFW Post 6824, Rome, Pa.

He was preceded by a nephew, Matthew Stephen Chipolis; mother-in-law, Rita Stoddard; and two brothers-in-law, Ronald and Randy Stoddard.

Surviving are his wife, Joyce, at home; son, Jake Chipolis, at home; daughter, Emily Chipolis, at home; parents, Robert and Mary Chipolis, Duryea; brother, Stephen (Gina) Chipolis, Harding; nephew, Christopher Chipolis, Harding; brother-in-law, Stanley (Michelle) Stoddard, Kane, Pa.; sisters-in-law, Sharon (Russell) Prevost, Meshoppen; Susan (Brett) DiMassimo, Williamsport; Joanne (Ken) Wettlauffer, South Williamsport; and father-in-law, Bill Stoddard, Sugar Run.

A transferral service will be Monday at 12:30 p.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 1 p.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Wyalusing, with the Rev. Joseph J. Manarchuck, his pastor, presiding. Interment will be in St. Anthony's Cemetery, Stowell, Pa. Friends may call on Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 1 Grovedale Lane, Wyalusing.

The family will provide flowers and ask that memorial contributions be sent to the Ronald McDonald House, P.O. Box 300, Danville, PA 17821.

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Published in Times Leader on Mar. 15, 2013