- Local Guide
Joseph C. "Joe" Woodarek, 68, Punxsutawney, died Wednesday, June 22, 2011, at Punxsutawney Area Hospital.
Mr. Woodarek was born July 4, 1942, in Salamanca, N.Y., a son of the late Carl and Vanadene (Shields) Woodarek.
He was married to Elizabeth J. (Colgan) Woodarek, who survives, of Punxsutawney.
Mr. Woodarek was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a retired employee from the CSX Railroad, where he worked as a conductor.
He was a member of the Punxsutawney American Legion Post 62 and the Punxsutawney F.O.E. 1231.
In addition to his wife, surviving relatives include a son, Daniel L. Rankin and wife Amanda of New Kensington; a daughter, Liz Rankin of Punxsutawney; a brother, Robert Woodarek and wife Charlotte of Olean, N.Y.; a sister, Carla Prieur and husband Randy of Bemus Point, N.Y.; three grandchildren, Janessa Roy, Isaac Roy and Owen Rankin; four nieces; and two nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Edward Woodarek.
A blessing service will be held at 11 a.m. today at the McCabe Funeral Home, Punxsutawney, with Fr. Lawrence Manchos officiating.
Interment will be at Copenhaver Crossroad Cemetery.
Online condolences may be made at mccabefuneralhomes.com.