Joseph M. Ptacek
Joseph M. Ptacek, the Hideout, Lake Ariel, died early Saturday in the Commonwealth Hospice at Regional Hospital of Scranton after an illness. He was the beloved husband of 56 years to the former Theresa McEntee.

Born Nov. 30, 1930, in the Bronx, N.Y., son of the late Joseph V. and Thelma Hansen Ptacek, he was a member of the St. Thomas More, St. Mary's Parish Community, Lake Ariel. Before retirement, he had been employed by Con Edison as an industrial photographer for more than 40 years. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, George W. Hudson Council, Woodside, N.Y., for more than 50 years. He served honorably in the Air Wing of the Marine Corps during the Korean War.

He was an avid golfer since the age of 12 and played in many tournaments throughout his youth. Joseph moved to Lake Ariel in 1999 and enjoyed his new home and his many new friends.

He was the loving father of his sons, Joseph of Scranton; James, Daniel, John and his wife, Lucia; and Stephen, all of New York; a devoted grandfather of Andrew, Jonathan, Alexander, Leslie and Maria Fatima; and a sister, Enid Cassen of Florida.

He was also preceded in death by a sister, Joan Levesque.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. in St. Thomas More Church, Gravity and Tresslarville Roads, Lake Ariel. Cremation will follow in the Lake Region Crematory at the James Wilson Funeral Home, Lake Ariel. Interment of ashes will be Wednesday afternoon at a time to be announced. The family invites anyone planning to attend the Mass to go directly to the church.

Friends may call Tuesday, 3 to 7 p.m., in the James Wilson Funeral Home, 143 Gravity Road, Lake Ariel.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Commonwealth Hospice at Regional Hospital of Scranton, 746 Jefferson Ave., Scranton, PA 18510.

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Published by Scranton Times on Sep. 17, 2012.
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Sending our love, thoughts and prayers for Aunt Theresa, sons and family.
The Cassens - Andrew, Ann & Christine
October 13, 2012
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Eileen Tunis
September 17, 2012
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