Surrounded by his family, Joseph Komnath, 75, passed into Eternal Life Friday, November 8th while in the care of Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township.
Born June 12, 1944 in Wilkes-Barre Township, Joseph was the sixth of thirteen children to the late George and Helen (Esack) Komnath Sr.
Educated in the Township schools, he was a member of the 1962 graduating class of the former Wilkes-Barre Township High School. He then enlisted with the United States Navy, proudly serving our country during the Vietnam Conflict, second in his class, as a medical corpsman. Joe was posted on the U.S.S. Repose hospital ship and later the U.S.S. Intrepid aircraft carrier during the Bay of Pigs with the Cuban Missile Crisis. Joe was very proud of his military service and was an active member of the American Legion Post #815 in Wilkes-Barre Township.
Following his return home, Joe furthered his education by attaining a bachelor's degree in history and government from King's College, Wilkes-Barre under the G.I. Bill in 1971.
Joe worked at the former Valley Crest Nursing Home in Plains Township as a patient advocate before joining the quality assurance department at the Tobyhanna Army Depot in 1977. In that position, he traveled to Europe in the 1980s, where he spent six months in Germany while de-militarization was taking hold and the Berlin wall was coming down.
Prior to his passing, Joe was a resident of the Veterans Administration Community Living Center (CLC) in Wilkes-Barre. Words cannot express the gratitude we, his family have for the VA Community Living Center nurses, doctors and staff that provided his care and comfort during his time there. While living in the C.L.C., Joe loved going on all the outings, the trips, barbeques, parties, bingo, fishing derbies and events that were so important to his quality of life and enjoyment. He was the "social mayor" of the third floor and visited other vets on a regular basis. Sunday coffee and donuts was also a big favorite, (along with the ice cream truck). For this reason, we ask that any and all donations be made to the Community Living Center Recreation Fund in his name.
Additional thanks to the staff a Geisinger Wyoming Valley P.S.U., I.C.U., surgical suite and hospice. Their compassion and interest in his care and comfort are greatly appreciated.
Joe enjoyed fishing "up the river", watching his grandchildren play sports, reading, football, baseball, sports betting and lunch with his "bros"; Leonard, Eddie and Leo.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, George, Theodore (Tex), Mike and Bobby.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife of forty-one years, the former Arlene McNulty Komnath, at home; Stepsons, (although they were his sons), Bernard Domzalski of Wilkes-Barre and Bradley, his wife Susan (Gorecki) Domzalski and their sons Brady and Nick all of Forest Hill, MD; Brothers, John (wife Annalore), North Carolina; Edward (wife Bridget), Macungie; William (wife Lois), Macungie; Richard (husband Bill) Fort Lauderdale, FL; Sisters, Leona Keuhner, Hammonton, NJ; JoAnne Uibelhoer (his twin), Union, NJ; Ellen Petyo (husband Bob), Wilkes-Barre; Mary Feher, Wilkes-Barre and MANY nieces, nephews and dear friends.
Funeral services for Mr. Komnath will be conducted on Tuesday morning at 9:30 a.m. from the North Wilkes-Barre location of the John V. Morris Family Funeral Homes Inc., 625 North Main Street, followed by his funeral Mass at 10:00 a.m. in Saints Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Parish, 13 Hudson Road, Plains Township. The Reverend John C. Lambert, pastor will serve as celebrant and homilist. Following mass, military honors will be accorded Joe by members of the United Sates Navy.
Interment will be private and at the convenience of his family.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to join Mrs. Komnath and her family for visitation and shared remembrances Monday evening from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. There will be a Parastas service conducted Monday evening at 6:30 p.m. with the Reverend Michael Kerestes, pastor of Holy Assumption of Saint Mary Byzantine Catholic Church, North Wilkes-Barre, officiating.
Joe's family would be humbled if those wishing to make a monetary donation in his memory, kindly give consideration to the Community Living Center Recreation Fund at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 1111 East End Boulevard, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711.
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Community Living Center Recreation Fund at V.A.M.C.
1111 East End Boulevard, Wilkes-Barre PA 18711