Lawrence Francis Joseph

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KINGSTON — Lawrence Francis Joseph, 88, formerly of Kingston, passed away on Monday, June 11, 2018, at Highland Manor, Exeter.

Born in Wilkes-Barre, he was a son of the late Russell and Cecelia Thomas Joseph. Prior to his retirement, he was owner/operator along with his brother, John, of several Holiday Pancake Houses throughout Northeast Pennsylvania, as well as Apples Family Restaurant, Wilkes-Barre, M&M Produce, Hazleton, and Holiday Market, White Haven. He was a member of Holy Family Parish, Luzerne, and a life member of Knights of Columbus, Council 3987. Everyone who knew Larry loved him! He would brighten their day with a smile and a joke.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lorraine Savage Joseph; brother Joseph Joseph, of Wilkes-Barre; sister Theresa Chesvick, of California; and brother Leonard Joseph, of Florida.

He is survived by children Linda Joseph and fiancé Paul Swales, of Naples, Fla., Terri Usher and husband Chuck, of White Haven, Marianne Schwartz and husband Tom, of Virginia, and Lawrence Joseph and wife Lisa, of Mountain Top; grandchildren Gary and Chris Ostroski, Chuck Usher, Lori Artemik, Lisa DiPalma, and Larisa and Marcus Joseph; great-grandchildren Nicholas and Landis Ostroski, Madison Ostroski and Aiden Artemik; sisters Jane Yazbeck, of Bethlehem, and Thalia Assaf, of Atlanta, Ga.; brother John Joseph, of Safety Harbor, Fla.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday from the Betz-Jastremski Funeral Home Inc., 568 Bennett St., Luzerne, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Holy Family Parish, Luzerne, with the Rev. Andrew Sinnot officiating. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township. Family and friends may call 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.

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In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to , 57 N. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701.

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Published in Times Leader from June 12 to June 13, 2018
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