Joseph G. Hnath, 83, of 999 Brusselles St., St. Marys, died unexpectedly on Friday, April 15, 2011 at his residence.
He was born May 13, 1927, in St. Marys, son of the late Joseph and Mary Bures Hnath. On May 20, 1950, in the Sacred Heart Church, he married Irene Cornello, who survives.
He was a lifelong resident of the area and attended St. Marys schools. He was a retired employee of the Stackpole Carbon Co., retiring in 1990 after 41 years of service.
He was a member of the Queen of the World Church and a veteran of WWII, having served in the U.S. Navy. He enjoyed gardening and making puzzles and was an avid Pirates and Steelers fan.
He is also survived by two daughters, Gloria J. Hnath of St. Marys and Mary E. Krug (Jerry) of St. Marys; two sons, James J. Hnath of St. Marys and Ronald L. Hnath of St. Marys; one sister, Dorothy Lenze (Gerald "Fuzzy") of St. Marys; a brother, Thomas Hnath of St. Marys; seven grandchildren, Nathan Hnath, Dan Hnath, Josh Hnath, Ryan Krug, Kevin Krug, Kaci Krug and Tony Hnath (Ashley); and two great-grandchildren, Connor (CJ) and Terra Hnath.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Richard Hnath in infancy; a brother, Robert W. Hnath, a daughter-in-law, Jane Hnath; and a sister-in-law, Grace Hnath.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Joseph G. Hnath will be celebrated in the Queen of the World Church on Monday at noon with the Rev. Michael Ferrick, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Mary's Cemetery. Full military rites will be accorded by the St. Marys Servicemen's Burial Detail.
Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Sunday from 5-8 p.m.