Joseph G. Marcin died peacefully on Wednesday, November 2, 2011, in Manor Care Rehabilitation Center in Kingston.
Joe was born on March 4, 1916, in the Swoyersville home, where he later grew up and spent most of his 95 years.
Son of John Marcin and Mary Perhach, he graduated from Swoyersville Grade School and High School.
He served in the U.S. Army in the 109th Field Artillery, as a radio corpsman during World War II.
While in the service, he married Mary T. Skapura of Wilkes-Barre. They became lifelong members of Holy Trinity Church in Swoyersville.
He retired from Tobyhanna Army Depot, where he received many awards for length of service without missing a day.
Although he could not read music, he played the guitar and ukulele. He often entertained family and friends with songs he had written.
Well into his 90s, Joe amazed people with his sharp memory. He loved to quote poems and axioms he learned while in grade school, and usually remembered them word for word. He was an avid “ham” radio operator and loved cooking, mushroom picking and hiking.
In his later years, he enjoyed the company of a miniature poodle named Suzie, followed by a Chihuahua named Penny.
He was preceded in death by his wife. Mary; daughter Therese Marcin Gabel; and brothers, John Marcin and Emery Marcin.
He is survived by his daughter Ginny Marcin and her husband, John DiFiori, Westmont, N.J.; son Joseph F. Marcin and his wife, Mary Ellen (nee) Wiedwald, Downingtown, Pa.; and son Gerard Marcin, Miners Mills; granddaughters, Lucille Gabel, Jennifer Marcin Wulk and Lauren Marcin McAllister; great-granddaughter, Payton Wulk; several nieces, nephews and their families; and a son-in-law, Paul Gabel and his family.
The family is especially grateful for the support of Joe’s nieces and nephews, especially Mary B. Marcin.
The funeral will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday in the Bednarski Funeral Home, 168 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in the Holy Trinity Church, Swoyersville. Interment will be in the Holy Trinity Cemetery, Swoyersville. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.