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Joseph J. Petrosky, Sr.

May 15, 1920 - October 7, 2014

Burial Date October 7, 2014

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Joseph J. Petrosky, Sr., age 94, of Taylor, died Tuesday afternoon at home. He is survived by his beloved wife, Theresa Szramowski Petrosky. Married on August 13, 1949, the couple had recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.
Born in Old Forge on May 15, 1920, son of the late John and Ann Haynos Petrosky, Joseph was a graduate of Old Forge High School, Class of 1938. A World War II Veteran of the Army Air Force, he was honorably discharged as a Corporal after being awarded with the American Theater Ribbon and the Good Conduct and WWII Victory Medals. Prior to his retirement, he was employed as a technician by General Electric before working as a mechanic for Chamberlain Corporation. A longtime member of the former St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church of Old Forge, prior to its closure, Joseph was very active in the church and formerly served as an Extraordinary Minister. Prior to becoming ill, he was also an avid fisherman. A soft-spoken and loving man who was adored by his family, he will leave behind a lasting legacy of spiritual devotion to his family and friends.
He is survived by his three children, Joseph J. Petrosky, Jr., and wife MaryClare of Moosic, Cynthia Kurowski and husband David of Gouldsboro, and Bernadine Bader and husband Charles of Pawley’s Island, South Carolina; his four siblings, John Petrosky and wife Beverly of Old Forge, Roman Petrosky of Sinking Springs, Beatrice Szostek of Old Forge and Helen Barry of Rome, New York; five grandchildren, Kimberly Bader of New York, N.Y., Atty. Jillian Golden and husband Atty. Kevin of Philadelphia, Gregory Petrosky of Philadelphia, Christopher Kurowski and wife Sarah of Red Lion and Allison Kurowski of Harrisburg; and many nieces and nephews.
A twin brother, Felix Petrosky, and a sister, Pearl Bryzcki, also preceded him in death.
His family would like to sincerely thank Joseph’s caregivers, Tekla and Eliza, as well as the staff of Hospice of the Sacred Heart, for the collective care given to both Joseph and his family throughout this difficult time.
Funeral services are scheduled to begin on Saturday at 9:15AM from the Thomas P. Kearney Funeral Home, Inc., 517 North Main Street, Old Forge, with a 10:00AM Mass of Christian Burial at St. Ann’s Basilica, Saint Ann Street in West Scranton. Burial, with full military honors by the AMVETS Honor Guard, will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Old Forge.
Relatives and friends may pay their respects on Friday between 5-8:00PM at the funeral home.