Joseph J. Garboczi

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Feb. 15, 2013

Joseph J. Garboczi passed away on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, at Lancaster General Hospital, Lancaster. He had resided at Pleasant View Retirement Community, Manheim, Pa., for 11 years prior to his hospitalization.

He was born in Wilkes-Barre Township, on Aug. 19, 1919, son of the late Nicholas & Madeline (Dobos) Garboczi. He resided in Kingston from 1946 to 2002. He was a graduate of Wilkes-Barre Township High School and Wyoming Seminary Dean School of Business and had taken courses at Wilkes College.

Prior to his retirement, he was employed by the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre for 33 years as chief of Purchase & Contract Section.

One of the last contracts he supervised was the building of the new VA nursing facility in Wilkes-Barre.

Joe was a veteran of World War II in the South Pacific attaining the rank of sergeant. He served in New Guinea, was wounded in New Britain and was awarded the Purple Heart.

Joe was a life-long member of the Hungarian Presbyterian Church on Bowman Avenue, Kingston, which was destroyed in the 1972 Agnes flood. Joe continued membership in Bennett Presbyterian Church in Luzerne, where he served as elder and treasurer. He attended chapel services at Pleasant View.

Surviving him are a sister-in-law, Dorothy (Sorber) Garboczi of Manheim Pa.; nephews, Joseph Ishley of Decatur, Ala.; John Garboczi of Lancaster and David and Edward Garboczi, both of Gaithersburg, Md.; a niece, Linda Garboczi of Alexandria, Va.; seven grandnephews, two grandnieces, three great-grandnephews and one great-grandniece.

He was preceded in death, in addition to his parents, by a sister, Elizabeth Ishley of Wilkes-Barre, and a brother, Nicholas Garboczi of Lancaster.

The funeral service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Hugh B. Hughes & Son Inc. Funeral Home, 1044 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort, with Pastor James Quinn officiating. Friends may call Friday at the funeral home from 6 to 9 p.m. and one hour before the service on Saturday. Interment will be in the family plot at Cedar Crest Cemetery, Trucksville, following the service.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Joe's memory may be sent to Bennett Presbyterian Church, 501 Bennett St., Luzerne, PA 18709.

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Published in Times Leader on Feb. 18, 2013
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