Joseph M. Sweeney

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    - Nancy Nork
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    - Anne McDonald
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    - Jim Kimmel

Joseph M. Sweeney, 80, of Lost Creek, passed away peacefully Friday morning at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Ashland, he was a son of the late Joseph and Rose Graziano Sweeney.

Joe was employed as a supervisor for PennDOT until his retirement. After retiring, he served as a West Mahanoy Township supervisor.

He was a graduate of the former Girardville High School, excelling in basketball, where he was the all-time leading scorer for the Blue Aces before the introduction of the three-point line.

Joe was an Army veteran, serving as a jumper with the airborne division and was a 20-year retiree in the Army reserves.

Joe had a great love for softball and basketball, where he served as a PIAA official in both sports for numerous years. He was a member of Jerry Wolman Hall of Fame, Shenandoah, and the Frackville Elks BPOE 1533.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Machese Sweeney, in 1999; his brother, Michael Sweeney; his sister, Rose Sweeney.

Joe is survived by his two daughters, Cheryl Sweeney and her companion, Mike Stockunas, Frackville, and Pamela and her husband, Bernard Tomko, Zion Grove; his companion for 18 years, Eleanor McDonald; his grandson, Mike Tomko and his companion, Angela Wankus, Frackville; his faithful dog, Chuck; nieces and nephews.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Donations can be made in Joseph's memory to the Hillside SPCA at P.O. Box 233, Pottsville, PA 17901. Sign the guest book, leave personal condolences and for further information, please visit Thomas M. Sullivan Funeral Home, Girardville, Timothy M. Sullivan, supervisor, is in charge of the arrangements.

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Published in Republican & Herald on Feb. 3, 2019
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