Joseph R. Kovaleski
1931 - 2021
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LANCASTER - Joseph R. Kovaleski, 90, 1904 Millport Road, passed away Monday, May 3, 2021, at Lancaster General Hospital. Joseph was known best by those who knew and loved him as "Jagy."

He was born in Shamokin, May 3, 1931, a son of the late Paul and Helen (Zbicki) Kovaleski.

Joseph was a 1949 graduate of Mount Carmel High School.

He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army.

He worked as the owner of a coal mining business.

Joseph married the former Patricia O'Neill, April 7, 1956, in Mount Carmel.

Joseph was a member of Our Mother of Consolation Church, Mount Carmel, and St. James Episcopal Church, in Lancaster. He was also a member of the Mount Carmel Elks.

Joseph is survived by two daughters, Karen Woodruff and her husband, William, of Elysburg, and Patricia Woolworth and her husband, Andrew, of Lancaster; three grandsons, Brian Sowal, Jeffrey Woodruff and his wife, Nathi, and Douglas Woodruff and his wife, Shannon McAteer; three granddaughters, Melissa Woodruff-Cook, Alicia Tompkins and her husband, Lawrence, and Morgan Santoro and her husband, Phillip; 11 great-grandchildren; a granddaughter-in-law, Shannon Sowal; a brother, Paul Kowalewski and his wife, Mary Daisy; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his wife, parents and three sisters, Jean Rosinski and her husband, John, Rita Stashak and Hedwig Schramm.

KOVALESKI - Joseph R. Kovaleski, 90, 1904 Millport Road, Lancaster. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the C. J. Lucas Funeral Home Inc., 27 N. Vine St., Mount Carmel 17851, with the Rev. David Peck officiating. Burial will follow in All Saints Cemetery, Elysburg. Viewing will be held in the funeral home from 9 a.m. until the time of the service Friday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St. James Episcopal Church, 119 N. Duke St., Lancaster 17602. To send condolences to the family, go to

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Published in The News Item on May 5, 2021.
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