Joseph M. Kovatch of Scranton died Saturday morning in the Post Acute Medical Specialty Hospital in Scranton after an illness. His wife is the former Mary Helen Grudis. The couple would have celebrated forty-nine years of marriage on April 22, 2016.
Born 1942 in Scranton, he was the son of the late Alex Kovatch and Anna Koval. He was a graduate of Scranton Central High School and attended The Pennsylvania State University. Joe had been employed as a printing press mechanic for the Addressograph Multigraph Company until his employment at NEIU#19 in the printing shop. He was well-known for his entrepreneurial endeavors as “Hubcap Joe.” A lifelong and dedicated member of St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church, he was instrumental in the formation and construction of St. Mary’s Center. Joe was a United States Army veteran serving in Korea. Joe always put his family first and enjoyed meeting people. He had a gift to socialize that will surely be missed.
The family would like to express their gratitude to the Geisinger Community Medical Center Intensive Care Unit for their dedication to providing quality care.
Also surviving are sons Joseph and his wife Jackie of Westchester County, New York, Michael and his wife Stacy of Rutland, VT, Jonathan and his wife Marla of Archbald and Douglas and his wife Jennifer of Lakewood Ranch, Florida; brothers George and William; grandchildren Caroline, Jude, Elsa, Ian, Cecelia, Dakin, Shelby, Teagan, Trevor and Cora; nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by a brother Alex.
The funeral will be Tuesday with Divine Liturgy at 10am in St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church, 310 Mifflin Ave. Scranton to be celebrated by Rev. Leonard A. Martin, SJ.
Friends may call Tuesday morning from 9am until time of Liturgy in the church.
Interment, private at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Christ the King Food Pantry 411 Church St. Archbald, Pa. 18403.