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Joseph E. Stempien Sr.

February 20, 2020

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Joseph E. Stempien Sr.

February 20, 2020


Joseph E. Stempien Sr., 92, of Wilkes-Barre, passed away on Thursday, February 20, 2020 in the Gino Merli Veterans Center, Scranton.


He was born in Mocanaqua, a son of the late Peter and Nellie Stempien.  Joseph was a Navy Veteran, serving during World War II.  Prior to his retirement, he had been employed for many years by the Stegmaier Brewing Company and by the Gibbons Brewing Company.


He was a member of Our Lady of Hope Parish in Wilkes-Barre.  He was also a member of American Legion Post# 132 in Wilkes-Barre.


Joseph was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Genevieve Hajduga Stempien in 2009 and by his great grandson, Scott Joseph Emerick.  He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Carl and John Stempien.


Surviving are his children, Joseph Stempien Jr. and his wife, Eileen, Wilkes-Barre and Karen Keating and her husband, James, Mountain Top; granddaughters, Lee Ann Stempien and Lauren Stempien and her fiancé, Scott Emerick; great granddaughter, Belle Emerick; nieces and nephews.


A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday at 10 am in Our Lady of Hope Parish, 40 Park Avenue, Wilkes-Barre.  Interment will be in St. Mary’s Maternity Cemetery, West Wyoming.


Friends may call on Tuesday from 9 -10 am at the Church.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Joseph’s memory to the Gino Merli Veterans Center, 401 Penn Avenue, Scranton, PA  18503 or to Asera Care Hospice, 1212 S. Abington Road, Clarks Summit, PA  18411.


Online condolences may be sent by visiting Joseph’s obituary at www.natandgawlas.com.


Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Nat & Gawlas Funeral Home, 89 Park Avenue, Wilkes-Barre.