HARRISBURG - Joseph John "Joe" Battista Sr., 84, a recent resident of Mifflin, and a former lifelong resident of Lester, Tinicum Township, passed away on April 16, 2013, at Harrisburg Hospital.
Born in Clifton Heights, he was the son of the late Cosimo and Susie (Agatone) Battista. He was one of 11 children, the others being Rose, Edith, Mary, Antoinette, Dorothy, Charles, Cosimo Francis, James, Edward and William.
Joe was a graduate of Clifton Heights High School.
He was a veteran of the Korean War, having served in the U.S. Marine Corps, attaining the rank of sergeant.
He was retired as a salesman from Shanahan's Express. He was a longtime member of St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church, in Essington, where he served the church in many capacities including vestry. He was a member of the West End Boat Club, Penn Oaks Golf Club, Philadelphia, Norristown and Wilmington Traffic Clubs and the Chester Rotary Club.
Joe was a Philadelphia sports enthusiast, golfer, bowler, avid traveler and a supporter of American Field Services USA as a host parent.
He will be remembered as a devoted husband, father and grandfather.
Joe was the husband of the late Lillian Beard Battista, who died in 2003.
Survivors include: his son, Joseph John Battista Jr. and his wife, Olga; his grandchildren, Alexa and Adriana; and brothers, Cosimo Francis and James Battista.
A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 20, 2013, at St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church, 16 W. Third St., Essington.
A visitation will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, at the church.
Entombment will be in Lawn Croft Cemetery Mausoleum in Lower Chichester.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Joe's memory to St. John The Evangelist Episcopal Church, 16 W. Third St., Essington, PA 19029, or to the Hospice of Central Pennsylvania, 1320 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg, PA 17110.
Online condolences may be sent at www.griffithfuneralchapel.com.
Arrangements are by Griffith Funeral Chapel, Norwood.