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Obituary of Joseph D. Lazar, 97


Joseph D. Lazar, 97, passed away on Monday, August 19, 2019, at Eagle Valley Personal Care Home, in Milesburg. Joe was born in New York City, on July 19, 1922 a son of the late David and Rose Ann Hannon Lazar. Joe's family had then moved to Lynbrook, Oceanside and North Babylon, Long Island, New York and finally to Hopewell NJ in 1970, then in 2017, he and his wife Beatrice (Betty) moved to the Milesburg Area.

Joe earned degrees at NY University (BEE), and NY Law School (JD). He was a member of the honorary engineering societies, Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa NU. He was the founding Boy Scout Scoutmaster for 6 years in N. Babylon, L.I. NY. He was a founding Library Trustee in N. Babylon, L.I. as well as President and Founder of Handicapped Parent's groups in N. Babylon and Commack, L.I. NY and in Manville, Somerset County, NJ.

Joe was a veteran having served in the US Army Air Corps and then the US Air Force, Nineth Division during WWII in Europe flying 50 combat missions as Squardron Navigator Bombardier with the rank of Captain.

He was employed as an Engineer with Western Electric and the Bells Labs (1945-1955). He practiced law in NY City for about 15 years with several law firms, litigating and soliciting patents. He retired from RCA/GE as a Patent Attorney (1970- 1986)handling inventions related to satellites, radar, printed circuits, photo-optics, control systems and other miscellaneous inventions developed by RCA.

Joe loved playing golf, tennis, swimming, scuba diving (Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Maine lakes and in NJ),water and snow skiing and inexpensive poker (10 years at the end of a 30 year group), and especially music. He sang with Princeton Pro Music for several years, Princeton Barbershop Chapter Chorus for 30 years, in more than 150 performances with several Barbershop quartets from 1988 until 2001 and in Hopewell Valley Chorus for 20 years. He played the violin until 1940 ending as the concert master with the Oceanside High Orchestra.

Joe is survived by his children, JoAnne Lazar-Barndt, Lawrence Lazar, Roxanne Miller and Susanne Lazar Duntley, his 12 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and his brother, David W. Lazar.

In addition to his parents , he was preceded in death by his wife of 75 years, Beatrice R. Lazar on August 21, 2018, his daughter Luanne and his sister, Rachael.

There will be no public visitation. Services and burial will be at the convenience of the family in Hopewell, NJ.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Dean K. Wetzler Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Inc. 201 Spring St., Milesburg, PA.
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Name of Deceased

Joseph D. Lazar



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Dean K. Wetzler Funeral Home

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