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Joseph L. Gravish

Joseph L. Gravish Obituary

Joseph L. Gravish, 100, of Saint Clair, passed away Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020, at Broad Mountain Health and Rehabilitation Center, Frackville.

Born March 12, 1920, in Wadesville, he was a son of the late Matthew (Maciej) and Sophie (Zofia Stempien) Gravish (Grabarz).

A graduate of Saint Clair High School, Joseph went on to enlist in the Army Air Force, where he served honorably in the European Theater during World War II. He was involved in the Battle of the Bulge, witness to the Dachau concentration camp and was specially protected in his unit for his knowledge of Morse Code.

After returning home, he worked as a machinist at several area factories but mainly at Mayfair Industries, Shoemakersville.

He was a member of the former Ss. Peter & Paul RC Church, current member of St. Clare of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, Saint Clair, a lifetime member of Saint Clair American Legion Post 719 and a former Saint Clair councilman.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Isabel (Bulharowski) Gravish; two brothers, Edward and Martin Gravish; three sisters, Anna Fleischut, Agnes Selosky and Julia Kline; son-in-law, Eric Sonne.

Surviving are two sons, retired Col. Joseph Gravish and his wife, Elaine, of Saint Louis, Mo.; professional musician, Andrew Gravish and his wife, Maria, of Brooklyn, N.Y.; daughter, Attorney Frances Sonne, of Catasauqua; one grandson, Joseph Michael; two granddaughters, Jolaine and Jolyn; five great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday from St. Clare of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, 250 E. Hancock St., Saint Clair, PA 17970. Msgr. William F. Glosser will officiate. Friends may call from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Saint Clair American Legion Post 719, P.O. Box 81, Saint Clair, PA 17970. Burial with military honors will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville. Bruce T. Hart Funeral Home, Saint Clair, is in charge of arrangements. Condolences can be sent to www.brucethartfuneralhome.com.


Published in Republican & Herald from Nov. 28 to Nov. 29, 2020
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