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Joseph J. Peterko

January 17, 1950 ~ June 28, 2019 (age 69)

Joseph J. Peterko Sr., 69, of Hazle Township, passed away early Friday, June 28, 2019 at Lehigh Valley Hazleton, following a sudden illness.

Born in Hazleton, January 17, 1950, he was the son of the late Fabian and Anna (Havay) Peterko and spent most of his life in Hazle Township.

Joseph was a retired Machinist and Tool and Die Maker. He had worked for Equipment Distributuion Company prior to his retirement. He was a member of Faith United Church of Christ, Hazle Towship. He was known as Mr. Fix-it, he could fix anything, sometimes with parts he had to make himself. He most especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death, in addition to his parents, by a son Ryan Peterko, who passed away April 8, 2018.

Surviving are his wife, the former, Patricia Sheman, to whom he was married on December 28, 1968 in St. Joseph's RC Church, Hazleton; a son Joseph J. Peterko, Jr., Hazle Township; a daughter Shannon Yanac, and her husband Paul III, Lattimer; a daugther-in-law Kelli Peterko, Drums; five grandchildren, Paul IV and Brooke Yanac, Lilly, Caroline and Jillian Fitt; a sister Mary Sabulski and her husband Jerome, McAdoo; a brother-in-law Harold Sheman and his fiancee Denise Avillion, MIlnesville; a sister-in-law Sharon Hostrich and her husband Albert, Drums; two nephews Alan and Chad Hostrich, and a niece Cherise Lutz.

His funeral will be held Monday, July 1, 2019 at 8 pm from Harman Funeral Homes & Crematory Inc. (East) 669 W. Butler Drive, Drums. Friends may call at the funeral home Monday from 6 pm unti the time of the service.

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