Joseph A. Kneller died early Monday morning in the VNA Inpatient Hospice Unit in the Geisinger Community Medical Center after a brief illness. His wife the former Carol Mecca died October 25, 2009.
He was born in Scranton, the son of the late Joseph F. and Julia Weber Kneller.
He graduated from Scranton Technical High School and the University of Wisconsin, School of Banking, Madison, WI.
During his service with the US Army he was stationed in the Korean Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea.
He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church Honesdale and a former member of the Hickory Street Presbyterian Church.
He was a Boy Scout earning the rank of Eagle Scout, a member of the Honesdale Lions Club, the Free and Accepted Masons, Scranton and the Wildwood Fishing Club.
He was a banker for 37 years and retired from the Wayne Bank.
He loved his grandchildren; enjoyed spending time at the Wildwood Fishing Club and was an avid outdoorsman.
Surviving are a son, Matthew J. Kneller and his wife Lori, Temecula, CA; a daughter, Amy C. Austin and her husband Eric, Palmyra, NJ; three grandchildren, Rian Austin, Meghan Austin and Caley Kneller; a brother, Edward C. Kneller and his wife Joyce, Moscow; four nieces, Laurie Walter, Danville, Linda Medaska, Bethlehem, Vanessa Mecca, Elkins Park, Kerie Mecca, Old Forge; and in-laws Joseph and Mary Mecca, Old Forge, JoAnne Mecca, Old Forge, Richard James, Old Forge, Robert and Deborah Mecca, Scranton
A memorial service will be held on Thursday at 10 a.m. in the Hickory Street Presbyterian Church, 437 Hickory Street, Scranton, with services by the Reverend Michael Lyle, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church Honesdale.
The family will greet friends in the church parlor after the memorial service.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made in his memory to the First Presbyterian Church Honesdale, 201 10th Street, Honesdale, Pennsylvania 18431-1917 or to the Honesdale Lions Club, 170 Ridge Lake Drive, Honesdale, Pa. 18431-2360.
Go to www.millerbeanfh.com for additional funeral information, directions, or to submit an online condolence card.
Published in Wayne Independent on Feb. 6, 2013