Published in Morning Call on April 11, 2012
Joseph Hricinak, 90,
of Bethlehem, PA, died Saturday, April 7, 2012 while residing at the Cedarbrook
Home in Fountain Hill. He was the last survivor of his seven siblings
and his wife, Shirley, who passed away in 2010. Both Joe and Shirley loved
spending their time being huge fans of the Philadelphia Phillies and Lehigh
Valley Iron Pigs baseball teams and Penn State football.
In his younger years, Joe received honor awards at Whitehall High School
for basketball, football, and baseball. He was a WWII honoree as serving
his country as an armorer with the 776th Ordinance Battalion, 76th Infantry
Division in the European Theater of Operations.
Joe, then back in the states, was a catcher for the Washington Senators
Ball Club. He received his B.S. at East Stroudsburg State College and
his M.S. at Bucknell University. Joe then continued his career as an employee
with the Bethlehem Area School District teaching English and Russian at
both Liberty and Freedom High Schools. He was also the boys golf coach
and yearbook advisor for many years.
After retirement from teaching, Joe then pursued work with Ingersoll Rand
as a language translator for the Russian businessmen visiting the U.S.
with correspondence between NASA and the Russian Space Program.
Finally, after retiring from all work, Joe took on the fun of golfing
every day, visiting with family and friends around the swimming pool which
he built with his own hard working hands, and sharing his fresh vegetables
from his garden which he was so proud of. Joe enjoyed playing the accordion
and dancing to Ukranian music. He shared his love for his culture with
his family. He will be remembered as one strong man who had dignity, loyalty,
and honor to the United States and he will be missed by all of us who
Survivors: Joe is survived by three daughters, Susan Miller and husband
Chuck of Northampton, Patti Sheets and husband Vernon of Germanton, NC,
Michelle Cummins and husband Mark of Bremerton, WA. Along with them there
are five grandchildren, Chris Miller, Eric Miller, Emily Musten, Jared
Sheets, and Carly Cummins; and three great-grandchildren, Lexi, Jay and
Abbie Miller. There is also very devoted friend and neighbor, Bill Kunzman,
who was held close to Joes heart.
Services: Will be private and at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Cedarbrook, Fountain Hill
Annex activity fund in care of the Schisler Funeral Home 2119 Washington
Ave., Northampton, PA 18064.