The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

February 22, 2013

Joseph John Fether Jr.

The Tribune-Democrat

EBENSBURG — FETHER –  Joseph John Jr., 69, Ebensburg, passed away suddenly Feb. 22, 2013, at Memorial Medical Center. Born Sept. 20, 1943, in Hazelton, son of the late Joseph John Sr. and Sarah Janeann (Madden) Fether. Survived by beloved wife and high school sweetheart, June Marie Alexis (Fielkovich) Fether; daughter, Julie Kirstin Alexis Fether, Oregon; son, James Joseph Kiril (Nancy) Fether, North Carolina; grandchildren, Samantha Lynn, Gabrielle Kristen and Derek Andrew Fether; great-grandson, Christian; and several cousins. Joe was a 1961 graduate of Tamaqua Area High School and a 1966 graduate of Pennsylvania State University, where he attained a bachelor’s degree in mining engineering. He was hired by Bethlehem Steel Corp. and completed the “Loop Course” and was assigned to the Cambria Division, Bethlehem Mines Corp., where he served 28 years in various positions, including superintendent of Mine 77 in Mineral Point and Mine 73, Solomon Run. Joe is remembered as a truly competent, caring and respected supervisor by both union and management personnel. Most recently, he was employed in 1997 as a codes enforcement officer for the city of Johnstown. He was active in the former Ebensburg Jaycees and Junior Achievement and served several terms as president of Immergrun Golf Club, Loretto. He was an Eagle Scout, having attained the rank of Vigil, Order of the Arrow. Joe was proud of his Irish heritage and enjoyed music, from symphonies to 1940’s swing and jazz. He was an avid reader of mysteries and attended his book club in Greensburg. He enjoyed theater and ethnic arts festivals shared with June during their years together. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Askew-Houser Funeral Homes Inc., Ebensburg, where vigil prayer service will be held. Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Holy Name Roman Catholic Church, the Rev. Monsignor Arnold L. Gaus, celebrant. Interment, Odd Fellow’s Cemetery, in his beloved hometown of Tamaqua. “To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die.”

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