Joseph F. Rapali
1930 - 2021
Donald J Butler Funeral Home
328 Sunbury St
Minersville, PA 17954

Joseph F. Rapali, 90, of Pottsville, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 12, afternoon at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, Allentown.

Born Nov. 14, 1930, in Kulpmont, Pa., he was a son of the late Joseph and Mary (Molnar) Rapali. He was the husband of Theresa R. (King) Rapali, the couple was married 65 years.

Joseph was a graduate of Northeast High School, Philadelphia. He was employed as a draftsman at Ebinger Iron Works, Schuylkill Haven, until his retirement.

Joseph was an Army veteran of the Korean War, achieving the rank of corporal.

Joseph was the voice of "Yoska Baci" for over 25 years on WPAM radio, Pottsville. He was a member of Holy Family Parish, Minersville.

In addition to his wife, Joseph is survived by two sisters, Eleanor Bergan, Waynesboro, and Ramona Matalonas (wife of Gerald), Taylorsville; two daughters, Regina Rapali, Seltzer, and Josanne Devitt (wife of John), Lake Wynonah; a son, Joseph F. Rapali Jr., Minersville; 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He will be greatly missed.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are by Donald J. Butler Funeral Home, 328 Sunbury St., Minersville. To offer condolences to the family or to light a candle in Joseph's memory, visit

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Published by Republican & Herald from Jan. 18 to Jan. 19, 2021.
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I worked with Joe for about 15 years at Ebinger Iron Works back in the '80's and '90s. He was known for his amazing work as a draftsman and engineer. He was great to work with as he took me under his wing and helped me to improve my skills also - I wouldn't have made it without his help. I will greatly miss his sense of humor and interesting personality as Schuylkill county's polka man. He always had a great story to tell to keep us amused and laughing. I will miss you Yosh! Jim Flanigan
Jim Flanigan
January 23, 2021