The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Obituaries

August 23, 2013

Joseph G. Wassel

RICHLAND TOWNSHIP — WASSEL– Joseph G., 78, passed away at his home in Richland Township in the arms of his loving wife of 46 years, Carol (Layton).  Joseph was the last surviving member of the Wassel family.  Born and raised in Tamaqua, Pa.  Joe came to Johnstown in 1965 and started his own business, Kenny’s Sewing Machines and Vacuum Cleaners.  He and his devoted wife, Carol, retired in 2010 after 45 successful years in business. Many customers called him “Mr. Kenny.” Joseph was preceded in death by parents, Joseph and Victoria (Witkofsky) Wassel; son, Joseph George “J.G” Wassel II; and sister, Marge (Witkofsky) Rodgers. Survived by wife, Carol, and daughter, Donna, married to William Rito. Also survived by nieces, Lori Keefe and family, and Nancy, married to Brad Heigel, and family; nephew, John Rodgers; beloved cousin, Joanne, married to Steve Dobrosky; brother-in-law, Larry Layton, married to Doris; sister-in-law, Bonnie Straw (Layton); and many beloved nieces and nephews.  Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at John Henderson Co. Funeral Home, 215 Central Ave., where funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday.  He courageously battled colon cancer for 4 1/2 years, was an avid fisherman, and when not at work, he could be found in his boat at Glendale Lake with his family.

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