Joseph Brown
Nov. 12, 2012

Joseph Brown, 91, of Scranton, died Saturday at Moses Taylor Hospital. He would have celebrated his 92nd birthday on Dec. 28. His beloved wife of almost 64 years, Mickie, died in 2009.

Born in Wilkes-Barre, son of the late Morris D. and Helen Brown, he was a graduate of Coughlin High School. In World War II, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps, and was assigned to the 8th Air Force, 487th Bomb Group as a radio operator and waist gunner. With his lifelong friend, Buddy Rothstein, of Wilkes-Barre, he flew numerous missions over Europe. They were shot down four times, including forced landings in Soviet-occupied Poland, and in the North Sea. He received a Purple Heart.

Joseph was one of the owners of National Pretzel Company in Scranton.

For many years, Joseph volunteered as a reader on the radio for the Lackawanna Association for Blind, and for the Jewish Family Service Meals on Wheels. He also volunteered for the UJA. He was a lifelong member of Temple Israel, and of the Jewish Community Center.

Joseph is survived by his children, Nancy and her husband, Charles, Mendicino, Calif; Alan, his partner, Gen, New York City; Laurie and her husband Kenny, New York City; three sisters, Harriet Schectman, Scranton; Libby Botwinick, Port Washington, N.Y.; Sylvia German, Boca Raton, Fla; and a brother, Nathan Brown, Kingston; three granddaughters, Jessica, Courtney and Perry; numerous nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. in Temple Israel Cemetery, Dunmore, with a service by Joseph's nephew, Rabbi Steven Nathan. Shiva will be observed at the Brown Residence, 550 Clay Ave., Apt. 4A, on Monday from 7 to 9 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to Lackawanna Branch Pennsylvania Association for the Blind, 228 Adams Ave., Scranton, PA 18503; or to Kosher Meals on Wheels, Jewish Family Service of Lackawanna County, 615 Jefferson Ave., Suite 204, Scranton PA 18510.

Arrangements are by the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home, Inc., Dunmore. To send the family an online condolence or for further information, please visit

Published by Times Leader on Nov. 12, 2012.
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My condolences to your entire family for your loss. While I did not know Mr. Brown, my father also flew with the 487th Bomb Group and records indicate Mr. Brown and my Dad flew together on non-combat missions at the end of the war. I believe they returned to the US on the same plane with my Dad as pilot and Mr. Brown as radio operator.

We owe all these great men unending gratitude for what they did to preserve our way of life.

May good memories sustain you.

Lee Hauenstein -
Lee Hauenstein
December 12, 2012
Remembering Joe and the precious friendship our parents shared.
Gail Rothstein Forstater
November 23, 2012
I met Joe several times. Our friend and neighbor Buddy Rothstein mentioned him often when Buddy related to me their many and unbelievable WWII adventures.
Joe Gregory
November 19, 2012
May your Uncle Joe's memory be a blessing to all who knew him.
Jan Dodi
November 12, 2012
I am so sorry to hear of the death of your father. Please accept my sincere condolences.
Carol Ziman Kadish
November 11, 2012
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