Joseph Benedict Sniscak, affectionately known as “Joey B,” passed away peacefully on January 1.
Born in Lansford, Pa. on March 23, 1918, he was one of six children born to Michael H. Sniscak and Elizabeth Bednarik Sniscak. He grew up in Lansford and attended Lansford High School where he excelled at track as a sprinter and broad jumper and as a halfback in football. He participated in track meets throughout the country, such as the Penn Relays and attended college at both LaSalle and Richmond on scholarship, but the war interrupted the completion of his education.
Joe met the love of his life, Jennie Mlinko, at Saylors Lake in the Poconos. They married in 1941 and settled in Middletown, where they raised four children. His training at the National Youth Administration resulted in employment at Olmsted Air Force Base and Rome, N.Y. He served with the Army Air Corps in World War II in the Pacific Theater. Joe returned to federal employment at Olmsted Air Force Base and New Cumberland Army Depot until his retirement in 1973, after which he pursued a career at PennDOT until 1983.
He was president of Corby’s Beverage Coffee Club, was a longstanding member of Seven Sorrows BVM parish in Middletown, where he was one of the first Eucharistic ministers, and was a member of the Knights of Columbus, and the American Legion. He loved Middletown, and his many friends and neighbors. Joe enjoyed yearly fishing trips to 1000 Islands, biannual family golf tournaments, the Phillies, the Eagles, trips to the beach, Europe, Hawaii, and Marathon, Fla., and he was an avid reader.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by Jennie, his beloved wife of 59 years, brothers John and wife Mary, William, Bernard, and Francis, sister Martha and husband Michael Midas, son-in-law Michael Dillon, and daughter-in-law Tara Lingle.
He is survived by his children, Nancy A. Dillon of Wilmington, Del., James M. Sniscak and wife Cynthia of Boiling Springs, Thomas J. Sniscak and wife Kathy of Camp Hill, and Michael L. Sniscak of Milton; seven grandchildren Michael and Lauren Dillon, Timothy and Seana Dillon, Christopher and Christina Dillon, Stephen and Tracy Sniscak, Kristen and John George, Matthew Sniscak, and Anne Sniscak; 12 great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law Joan Bernard.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated: 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 10 at Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, 280 N. Race St., Middletown, with the Rev. Ted Keating as celebrant.
Viewing: 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, January 9 with recitation of the holy rosary at 7:45 p.m. at the Matinchek & Daughter Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 260 E. Main St., Middletown, and from 10 a.m. until the time of Mass on Saturday in the narthex of the church.
Burial with military honors will take place at 11 a.m. on Monday, January 12 in Ft. Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville.
Condolences may be sent online at www.matinchekanddaughterfuneralhome.com.