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Obituary of Joseph Salvanish, 74


Joseph A Salvanish, 74, of Clarence, lost his year long battle of complications of Creutzfeldt Jakob Disease (CJD) in the arms of his wife and soul mate of 54 years, on Friday, May 25, 2012 at Windy Hill Village in Philipsburg, where he received excellent care.
Born on August 1, 1937, in Clarence, he was the son of the late John & Catherine Schall Salvanish. On February 8, 1958, in Clarence, he married Constance J. “Connie” McGonigal who survives at home.
Joe attended the Clarence school. He was an electrician for J.H. France Refractory, retiring in 2000. He was a life member of the Queen of Archangel Roman Catholic Church in Clarence and was steadfast in his faith. He was also a member of the Our Lady of the Mountains Knights of Columbus, council 12038.
Joe was a man with a generous heart and was always ready to help anyone in need. He loved the simple things in life, like fishing trips to Canada, windmills, country music, cooking, especially for his grandchildren, working in his yard and going out to eat with his wife. His favorite place to eat was KFC and would travel miles for a bucket of their chicken.
Joe loved his family, God, and his country. He was a man of many talents that could repair anything but unfortunately, he was unable to repair the disease that ravaged his brain. He fought a valiant fight and was very courageous in spite of all the odds against him. Now he is at peace with his Lord and Savior, and reunited with his precious daughter.
Joe is survived by his wife, his son; Brad J. Salvanish (Lori) of Clarence, and three grandchildren; Cody, Joseph, and Kaitlyn. Also surviving are his five sisters; Helen Padisak of Clarence, Rose Schindler of Milesburg, Marge Wilkins of Bellefonte, Patricia Fenlon of Delaware, and Virginia Miller of Bellefonte, and five brothers; James of Bellefonte, Robert of Howard, Peter of Clarence, Michael of York, and Paul of Clarence.
Along with his parents, Joe was preceded in death by his daughter, Robin D. Salvanish who passed away on September 30, 2008, brothers; Andrew Morris, George and John Salvanish.
Friends will be received on Tuesday, May 29, 2012 from 2-4 and 6-8pm, with a rosary service at 7:45pm at the Daughenbaugh Funeral Home, 106 W. Sycamore St. Snow Shoe.
Funeral Mass will be on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 11am at the Queen of Archangel Roman Catholic Church in Clarence with Father Lubomir J. Strecok officiating. Burial will immediately follow in Askey Cemetery, Snow Shoe Twp.
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Joseph Salvanish



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Daughenbaugh Funeral Home

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