Joseph P. Penzone

Joseph P. Penzone, Peckville, died Saturday morning with his family by his side in the Geisinger Community Medical Center after an illness.  His beloved wife of 55 years is the former Elizabeth “Betty” Mark.

Born 1947 in Carbondale, he was the son of the late Joseph and Madeline Buonomo Penzone.  He was a 1963 graduate of the former St. Rose High School in Carbondale.  Joe went on to a long career in sales both at Sears Department store and in the insurance industry.  He served honorably in the Pennsylvania National Guard and as a reservist in the United States Army.

Joe loved the New York Yankees, New York Giants, Penn State Football, golfing, traveling, going to beach and a good Manhattan.  But more than anything he loved his wife and family. He will be deeply missed by those who were blessed to have known him.

Surviving are children Sandy Gaul and her husband Tim; Joe Penzone and his wife Karen; and Lisa Bailey and her husband Will; sister Mary Lou Richardson and her husband Chris; grandchildren Casey, Matthew, Isabella, Vincent, Brianna, Alana, William and Joshua; great grandchildren Aria, Ryder and William; two nieces; a nephew; a great niece; great nephews.

All attending the funeral are asked to go directly to the church.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday at 10am in the Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel 1605 Oram Street Scranton, PA 18504 by Rev. Richard Fox.

Friends may call Wednesday from 4-7pm in the Vanston and James Funeral Home 1401 Ash St. Scranton 18510.

Interment, Cathedral Cemetery, Scranton.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Elan Skilled Nursing and Rehab Resident Activity Fund 1101 Vine Street Scranton, PA 18510


  1. Linda Talarico Rocco

    So very sorry to hear of Joe’s passing! My prayers and love to his wife and family.

  2. Cindy Gaul

    I am so sorry to hear about Joe’s passing. He was a wonderful man. My condolences Sandy. Love yoy

  3. Ann Brown

    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of sadness. Joe was a wonderful neighbor to us. We have so many special memories of his wit, his intelligence and his kindness to us. May he rest in peace.

  4. Brenda & Dan Wooten

    Our prayers for healing & comfort to Lisa & the rest of the Penzone families. May God give all of you strength to cherish the many beautiful memories & the blessing to celebrate Joe’s life & love of family. All our love to all of you. We are here if ever you need us. ❤️?

  5. Maureen

    We are thinking about you and your family . So hard the loss of a parent is . Thoughts and prayers . Maureen’s and Kevin

  6. Kathy Enslin Tkaczyk

    My condolences as a ‘65 classmate. Joe had conviction and courage as I knew him. Rest in peace.

  7. Ellen Healey

    My prayers and thoughts are with you. Besides being classmates, he and I were great childhood

  8. Kim marra

    Dearest Sandy ,Marilou and families my sincere sympathy for your loss . May you have peace in the memories . Hugs to you with love

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