Published in Patriot-News on May 21, 2012
Joseph Francis Suknaic,
84, of Harrisburg, passed away on Friday, May 18, 2012, in Hershey Medical
He was born June 22, 1927, in Harrisburg, to the late Stephen and Barbara
Bonjec Suknaic. Joe is now reunited with his loving wives, Betty Jane
Mitterlehner Suknaic and Joyce Weit Palmer Suknaic.
Joe attended Harrisburg Catholic High School. He worked nearly 30 years
as a truck driver and warehouse foreman for Pepsi Cola. He also worked
for more than a decade for the County of Dauphin as a purchasing assistant
at Dauphin Manor. Joe served our country in the United States Marine Corps
during 1945 and 1946. He was stationed in China for nearly a year and
was responsible for securing prisoners of war.
Joe loved sports. He was a trophy winning bowler and a baseball player
in the Harrisburg Twilight League. In 1945, he signed a professional baseball
contract with the St. Louis Cardinals and played minor league baseball
that summer for the Marion (Ohio) Cardinals.
Surviving are his daughter, Linda Ann Suknaic Gumino (husband Tom) of
Ormond Beach, Florida; his son, Stephen John Suknaic (wife Ann) of Lower
Allen Township; a sister-in-law, Helen Misiti Suknaic of Mechanicsburg;
five grandchildren, Amanda Jane Suknaic Marcozzi of Mechanicsburg, Ann
Marie Tucker of Elizabethtown, Stephen Robert Suknaic of Indianapolis,
Scott Palmer and Jason Palmer of Middletown; and many nieces and nephews.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, May 23, 2012, at 11:30
am, in St. Catherine Laboure Catholic Church, 4000 Derry Street, Harrisburg,
with a visitation from 10:30 am until the time of service, in the church.
Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery.