Joseph "Doc" Talipan

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Feb. 4, 2013

Joseph "Doc" Talipan, 75, Avoca passed away Monday at Hospice Community Care Center, Dunmore.

He was born in Pittston, Nov. 15, 1937 and was a son of the late Michael and Rose (Chichilla) Talipan.

Joseph was a graduate of Pittston Area High School, Class of 1955, and was a U.S. Navy Veteran. "Doc" as he was known to family and friends, was the owner and operator of the "Flame" bar in Exeter and also "DeMarko's" bar in Pittston. After many years, Doc retired from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.

He was a lifetime and active member of the West Side Social Club, the American Legion, Post 1227, and Past-President of the Avoca Lions Club, #6048, all of Avoca.

Doc was an honorable man who always put his whole heart into everything he did. He was a devoted family man who cherished his wife, children and grandchildren. Doc loved nothing more than to be with his family at the holidays and to host summer cookouts. He loved listening to Frank Sinatra music, took great joy in his daughter Diane's cooking and had quite an affinity for sweets. He was dearly loved and will be forever missed by all who knew him.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Marie (Lettieri) Talipan, who passed away March 10, 1986; and his brother, William Talipan.

He is survived by his daughter, Diane McDermott and her husband, James, Avoca; son, Joseph Talipan, Avoca; grandchildren Mellissa, Jessica, and James McDermott; his brother, Michael Talipan, Old Forge; and his sister, Mary Vender, Old Forge; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 with a blessing service held at 7:30 p.m. at Kiesinger Funeral Services Inc., 255 McAlpine St., Duryea. Friends may call Friday evening from 5 p.m. until time of service.

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Published in Times Leader on Feb. 7, 2013
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