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Joel Michael Foster, 70, of DuBois, died at home on January 9, 2014 after an extended illness. He was born, July 7, 1943, in DuBois, son of the late Lillian Johnson Foster and Joseph Foster. He married Karen Rhoades Foster on August 25, 1973.
Joel was raised in Brockway where he graduated from high school in 1961. He attended Clarion University and graduated with a degree in secondary science education. While at Clarion, Joel was a member of Pi Gamma Mu, Science Honor Society and Theta Chi Fraternity.
He taught science in the DuBois Area Schools for 35 years. Prior to beginning his teaching career, Joel served in the United States Army from 1965 to 1967. During that time he was a biology research assistant at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C.
Joel excelled as a cyclist and for over 30 years participated and placed in many amateur bike races. In 2000, he rode his bike across Colorado. For several years he planned and organized the Brockway Fourth of July Star Spangled Bicycle Race. Joel was an accomplished fly fisherman and casual hunter. He tied his own flies and sponsored a fly tying club at the DuBois High School. He loved to fish locally but also fished in Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, New York, Maine and Canada.
Joel water skied, cross-country skied, canoed and kayaked. He enjoyed astronomy and on a clear night could be seen in his driveway searching the sky with his telescope. He liked playing chess and was an avid reader. Joel was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in DuBois and a past member of St. Tobias Catholic Church in Brockway. He supported such organizations as Christian Foundation for Children and Aging, Trout Unlimited, Ridgway Astronomy Club, the Elks and the National Rifle Association.
Most importantly, Joel was a wonderful son, husband, father and grandfather. In addition to his wife, Karen, Joel is survived by his daughter, Joie Michele (Brent) Orr, his much adored grandchildren, Sydnee and Brendan of DuBois and his brother, Larry (Donna) Foster of Brockway. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews, close relatives and many good friends.
Friends will be received Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014 from 1 - 5 p.m. at the Goble-Baronick Funeral Home, Inc., DuBois. A military ritual service will be held on Monday, Jan. 13, 2014 at 9:15 a.m. from the funeral home by the members of the DuBois Area Honor Guard.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, Jan. 13, 2014 at 10 a.m.. from St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church with Fr. Daniel Kresinski as celebrant.
Burial will be in St. Michaelâ€™s Cemetery. Full military honors will be accorded from the cemetery by the members of the DuBois Area Honor Guard.
Memorial donations may be made to the D.R.M.C. Hospice Program, 100 Hospital Avenue, DuBois, Pa. 15801 and/or St. Michaelâ€™s Catholic Church, 25 Robinson Street, DuBois, Pa. 15801 and/or DuBois Area Catholic Schools, P.O. Box 567, DuBois, Pa. 15801.
On-line condolences may be sent to www.gbfuneralhome.com.