Joseph A. Rasimas

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September 17, 2012

Joseph Anthony Rasimas, 65, of Hummelstown, Pa., passed away on Monday, September 17, 2012, at Hershey Medical Center after a progressive illness.

He was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. on August 16, 1947, a son of the late Simon and Antoinette Sebastian Rasimas.

He was a graduate of Elmer L. Meyers High School. Joe attended King's College and completed his undergraduate degree in Economics at Wilkes University.

He worked in local construction and side-by-side with his father, Simon, as a banquet bartender while pursuing studies at Wilkes, completing a master's degree in Education.

Joe began as an elementary mathematics teacher and advanced to serve as a principal in different positions in public education across the state of Pennsylvania, overseeing the learning and development of thousands of young people.

He furthered his own education to support his professional work through advanced study at Bloomsburg University, University of Scranton, and Penn State University.

Mr. Rasimas finished his career in the Middletown Area School District, where he served in multiple capacities for almost two decades, retiring as Coordinator of Educational Services in 2007.

He also taught statistics courses in the adult education programs of both Duquesne University and Penn State. His legacy includes an extensive central Pennsylvania community of colleagues, former students, and mentees.

Joe was a member of St. Catherine Laboure Parish in Harrisburg, where he and his wife regularly attended services.

He was also involved with the Italian Lodge in Hershey where he frequently enjoyed dinner and bocce matches in the company of great friends.

He was preceded in death by his father on July 19, 2012; his mother the preceding November; and Joe's sister, Mary Ann Manning, in April of 2009.

Joseph is survived by his loving wife and colleague in education, Leslie Rasimas. His son, Joseph (J.J.) Rasimas is a research physician at the National Institutes of Health and lives in North Bethesda, Md.

Joe is also survived by his sister, Loretta Davis, and her husband, James, Drums; brother-in-law, James Manning, resides in Richmond, Va. Joe's passing is further mourned by his nephews, Jeffrey Davis of Moosic, Jason Davis of Charlotte, N.C., and James and Michael Manning of Richmond, Va. Mr. Rasimas is survived by his uncle, Joseph Sebastian, Wilkes-Barre; aunts, Elvira Skibicki, Wilkes-Barre, Eleanor Decker, Kingston, Peggy Sebastian, Middlesex, N.J. He leaves behind a number of cousins, great-nephews, and a great-niece.

A visitation will be held Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Hoover Funeral Home, 86 Lucy Ave., Hershey. There will also be a viewing in St. Catherine Laboure Parish and Shrine, 4000 Derry St., Harrisburg, Friday at 10:30 a.m., followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to the , P.O. Box 897 Hershey, PA 17033, or at Online condolences may be sent by visiting Joe's obituary at

Published in Times Leader on Sept. 19, 2012
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