Joseph M. Nolan, Petersburg Section of Scranton, died Saturday in the VNA Hospice Inpatient Unit at the Geisinger Community Medical Center after an illness. His wife was the former Joan Healey who died in 2011. The couple had been married for 51 years.
Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late Patrick and Helen Naughten Nolan. He was educated in Scranton Public Schools and attended the University of Scranton. He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church. Joe had been employed by the Leonard’s Hardware Store and the worked for the United States Postal Service in New Jersey before being transferred to Scranton where he retired. He was a United States Navy veteran serving in World War II.
Joe was a lifelong sports fan, especially baseball and basketball. After his retirement from the post office he played baseball in the Old Timers League with other post office retirees. He had a special way about him by making people feel loved, supported and cared for, most especially his family. His grandson Danny was the apple of his eye and he was his greatest supporter and fan. A wonderful husband, father and grandfather he lovingly took care of his wife for 11 years through numerous illnesses. His daughter Nancy cherished him as her father. He was a man to be admired and loved by the way he treated and affected others. He will be deeply missed.
The family would like to thank both the Angel’s Touch Home Health Care and Caregiver America especially Anita Lane who took special care of Joe.
Surviving are a daughter and his caregiver Nancy Piazza and her husband Anthony; a grandson Danny Piazza all of Scranton; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a brother Edward Nolan and a sister Mary Nolan Walker.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday at 10am in the Immaculate Conception Church 801 Taylor Ave. Scranton..
All attending are asked to go directly to the church.
Friends may call Thursday from 5-7pm in the Vanston and James Funeral Home 1401 Ash St. Scranton.
Interment, Cathedral Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions should be made to Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center, Voluntary Service Office (01/10), 1111 East End Blvd. Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711. Please make checks payable to the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center ; American Heart Association 613 Baltimore Dr # 3, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702 or to Operation Smile 3641 Faculty Boulevard Virginia Beach, VA 23453
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