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Joseph M. Serge, 91, of Punxsutawney, passed away Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center.
Mr. Serge was born Oct. 6, 1921, in Punxsutawney, a son of the late Rosario Serge and Catherine (Caliguire) Serge.
Nov. 11, 1947, he married the love of his life, Anne (Schepis) Serge, of Punxsutawney, who survives.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served during World War II as a pharmacist's mate aboard the USS Independence.
Mr. Serge worked as a carpenter for the B&O Railroad â€” Chessie System.
Joseph was a member of Ss. Cosmas & Damian Church.
He was also a member of the Punxsutawney Eagles, the American Legion, the Army & Navy Club and the Elks.
He enjoyed gardening, watching the Steelers and Penguins and spending time with his family. He was famous for his wonderful Italian cooking.
In addition to his wife, Anne, surviving relatives include two sons, Joseph C. Serge and wife LuAnn of Glenshaw and Richard J. Serge and wife Debra of Hampton, Va.; a daughter, Donna Fallon and husband Ray of Punxsutawney; eight grandchildren, Lisa Fallon, Kerry Fallon, Joe Serge and wife Jaime, Mike Serge, Dan Serge, Evan Serge, Stephen Serge and Ricky Serge and wife Gina; two great-grandchildren, Hannah Serge and Evan Serge; a brother-in-law, Tony Caridi; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Anthony Serge; and three sisters, Pauline Caridi, Jean Serge and an infant, Mary Elizabeth.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, at McCabe Funeral Home in Punxsutawney.
The Punxsutawney American Legion will perform a service at 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, at Ss. Cosmas & Damian Church with Msgr. Joseph Riccardo as celebrant.
Interment will be private for family.
Memorial contribution's may be made in Mr. Serge's name to the SS.C.D. School or to the St. Vincent de Paul Society.
Online condolences may be made at mccabefuneralhomes.com.