Joseph J. Rambus, 82, of Orchard Street, Glen Lyon, died Tuesday, May 2, 2017, at his residence, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born in Glen Lyon on Nov. 27, 1934, the son of the late Joseph J. and Veronica Butchko Rambus. He lived his entire life in Glen Lyon, where he was a member of the graduating Class of 1952 of Newport Twp. High School. He was also a graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport, where he attained a degree in the Heavy Duty Mechanic Program.
Joseph was a veteran of the Korean War and was proud to serve his nation in the U.S. Air Force from 1952 to 1956, eventually attaining the rank of staff sergeant. He was the recipient of the National Defense Medal and Good Conduct Medal.
He was employed as a heavy equipment mechanic by Bill McHenry's Heavy Equipment Co., Wilkes Barre, for six years and later for Standard Equipment which later became LB Smith in Plains Twp., from where he proudly retired after 41 years of service. Joe really loved and enjoyed his job, spending countless hours working. He was honored to be a "Lefty" or "Wrong Armer" and was quite skilled at his profession.
Joseph was a loving husband, father and pop pop and will be sadly missed.
He was a member of the Italian American Sporting Club and American Legion Post 539, Glen Lyon, where he was honored for 60 years of membership and received a citation from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania House of Representatives for his dedicated service. He was also a member of the Craftsman's Guild.
Preceding him in death were his sisters, Rosemary Rychlicki and Ann Czeck.
Surviving is his wife, the former Andrea Zglinicki Rambus, at home. They would have celebrated 57 years of marriage on June 18, 2017. Also surviving are his daughters, Mary Ann Medeiros and her husband, William, Scranton; Faith Ann Kropiewnicki and her husband, Robert, Glen Lyon; and Margaret Ann Floryshak and her husband, James, Scranton; two grandchildren, Hope Ann Gernhart and husband, Tom, and Jared Floryshak; one stepgrandchild, Christina Medeiros; two great-grandchildren, TJ and Elizabeth Gernhart; three step-great-grandchildren, Erica Gernhart, Aiden Diaz and Colin Medeiros; and his pet companion "granddog," Holly. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive.
Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday from George A. Strish, Inc. Funeral Home, 211 W. Main St., Glen Lyon.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. in Holy Spirit/St. Adalbert's Church, Glen Lyon.
Interment will be in St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Glen Lyon.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday.
The family would like to extend their deep gratitude to Dr. John Carey and his nurse, Jessie M., and also to Commonwealth Home Health and Hospice of Berwick for compassionate and excellent care given to Joe in his time of need.
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Published by Citizens Voice on May 3, 2017.