The Obit For Joe Suknaic

Joseph Francis Suknaic

Published in Patriot-News on May 21, 2012


Joseph Francis Suknaic, 84, of Harrisburg, passed away on Friday, May 18, 2012, in Hershey Medical Center.

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.