In memory of
Joseph "Reds" Protivnak Jr., father, brother and grandfather, of Mary-D, died Tuesday February 14, 2017 on his 82nd Birthday at Lehigh Valley Health Center Cedar Crest. A graduate of St. Jerome Regional School, Joseph worked in the Automotive industry, retiring from Mack Trucks, Allentown. He was a member of Holy Cross R.C.C. of New Philadelphia. He enjoyed camping and watching and discussing the NASCAR races with his granddaughter Amanda. He was a former points champion at Dorney Park Speedway. Born in Pottsville February 14, 1935 he was a son of the Late Joseph and Emma (Brozatti) Protivnak. Joseph was the widower of LaRue (Ford) Protivnak who passed in 2013; he was also predeceased by Brother, Michael "Butch" Protivnak. Survivors: He is survived by his daughter, Diane Protivnak and her fiance Ed Pollack of Mary-D; son, Joseph S. Protivnak and his wife Bethann of Cumbola; two grandchildren, Amanda, and Cory; one great-grandchild; his can crushing buddy, Ava LaRue; sister, Theresa Fabrizio; a niece and nephews also survive him. Services: Arrangements are being handled by E. Franklin Griffiths Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 655 East Broad Street Tamaqua, PA, where the family will receive friends from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Sunday, February 19, 2017 and from 8:30 AM to 9:45 AM Monday, February 20, 2017. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Holy Cross R.C.C., 37 Clay Street, New Philadelphia, PA, at 10:30 AM Monday, February 20, 2017, Rev. Ronald Minner to officiate. Interment will be at Sky-View Memorial Park in Tamaqua, PA. Contributions: Memorials in his name to: American Cancer Society, Tamaqua Unit, 101 West Frock Street, Frackville, PA 17931, or American Diabetes Assoc, 65 E. Elizabeth Ave., Suite 502, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18018. Online registry and condolences may be signed at www.griffithsfuneralhomes.com
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