Joseph Peter Zozula, “Joe”, 82, of Scottdale, passed away peacefully on Thursday November 1, 2018 at Hillside Estates, Connellsville, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born June 1, 1936 in Scottdale, the son of the late Michael and Mary (Yelenosky) Zozula.
Joe graduated from Scottdale High School in the Class of 1954. Prior to enlisting into the United States Air Force where he proudly served his Country from 1956 until 1960, he was employed at McCrory’s in Scottdale and then later in Carnegie.
Once discharged from the service, he began working for International Paper and then later worked for and retired from Robertshaw.
Joe was a lifelong, devoted member of St. John’s Byzantine Catholic Church, Scottdale where he was the cantor for over 50 years. In addition to being the Cantor, Joe served as an Usher and as a Church Elder.
He dedicated his time and was very conscientious with the care of his church.
He was an avid baseball player and used to play for a church baseball league. He loved the Pittsburgh Pirates, Steelers and Penguins. He also was an avid coin collector. He loved going to the casinos and on various bus trips.
He always enjoyed spending time with his family, especially on holidays and during family gatherings.
Joe will fondly be remembered for his gentle, kind demeanor and caring personality towards his family and friends. He will be missed by all those who knew and loved him.
Left to cherish Joe’s memory are his sister, Mary Ann Zozula of Scottdale; sister-in-law, Janet Zozula of Mt. Pleasant; nieces, Patricia McGuire (Jim) of Carnegie, Michelle Moscalink (Charles) of Uniontown, and Marcia Collins (John) of Lemont Furnace; nephews, Paul Michael Zozula (Lynne) of Salem, IN, Kerby Zozula of Ventura, CA, Gregory Zozula (Rhonda) of Claysville and Kevin Zozula (Kathy) of Acme; several great-nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews; and many cousins and friends.
In addition to his parents, Joe was preceded in death by his sister, Magdaline “Maggie” Tomasko (Michael); brothers, Paul Zozula (Theresa) and Edward Zozula; great-nephew, Kevin McGuire; twin great-nieces, Allison Faith Collins and Becca Hope Collins and great-niece, Sara Zozula.
Family and friends will be received in the PAUL G. FINK FUNERAL HOME, INC. 418 North Pittsburgh Street Connellsville, PA 15425 on Monday from 1 to 4pm and 6 to 8pm, where the Parastas will be held at 6pm. Additional visitation will be held on Tuesday from 8am until 9:15am, when the Panachida service will be held. The Divine Liturgy will immediately follow at St. John’s Byzantine Catholic Church, Scottdale at 10am with Rev. Oleh Seremchuk as Celebrant.
Committal will follow at St. John’s Byzantine Catholic Cemetery, Scottdale where full military rites will be accorded by the VFW POST 7781.
Joe’s family would like to thank the staff of Scottdale Manor and a special thanks to the caring staff of Hillside Estates and Amedisys Hospice for their excellent, compassionate care towards Joe.
If you wish to leave an online condolence for the family, please visit our website: www.paulgfinkfuneralhome.com.