In memory of
Joseph F. Canfield
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In memory of
Joseph F. Canfield
Joseph F. Canfield, 83, of Cass Township, passed away Thursday at home, surrounded by his family. Born in Heckscherville, April 18, 1935, Joe was a son of the late Elizabeth Canfield Quinn. Dad attended Cass Township schools and was an Army veteran. The majority of his career was in the construction field, having worked on notable projects such as the initial Interstate 81 construction in addition to the Blue Marsh flood control dam project, which consists of the current-day Blue Marsh Recreation area. He retired in 1999 from Reading Anthracite as a truck driver. He was a parishioner of St. Michael the Archangel Parish, Minersville, and former St. Kieran Church, Heckscherville. Dad was an avid outdoorsman and trap shooter, competing regularly in local matches, as well as the annual Fred Coleman Memorial Shoot in Hegins. He was also a longtime member of Clover Fire Company, Saint Clair Fish and Game Association, American Legion Post 544 and the United Steelworkers of America. In addition, Dad was very active with the Schuylkill County Coal Crackers Polka Association due to his love of polka music. Dad will be remembered for his ability to hold conversations with friends, family and strangers. He enjoyed going to the Leesport and Hometown auctions just to sit and talk with people. He loved to share stories of days gone by with his many friends. It's a shame the world isn't more like that now. In addition to his mother, Joe was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Mary A. Stephen Canfield, on Oct. 7, 2017. He is survived by sons, Brian and Jeffrey, husband of Suzanne; granddaughters, Kate and Meghan; brother, John Quinn (Liz); sister, Cathy Quinn; sisters-in-law, Rita Purcell, Bette Burke, Joann Stephen and Peg Stephen; brother-in-law, Francis Stephen (Mary Ann); nieces and nephews; great-nieces and -nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Michael the Archangel Church, Minersville, with the Rev. Christopher M. Zelonis officiating. All are respectfully invited to attend a visitation with calling hours from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 6 to 9:15 a.m. Wednesday at Mahal-Ritzel Funeral Home Inc., Minersville. Interment with military honors will be in St. Kieran's No. 2 Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer remembrances in the form of contributions to St. Michael the Archangel Church Memorial Fund, 538 Sunbury St., Minersville, PA 17954, or Castle Green Grotto, 950 Valley Road, Pottsville, PA 17901. Mahal-Ritzel Funeral Home Inc. is entrusted with the arrangements. Sign the guest book at republicanherald.com
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In memory of
Joseph F. Canfield
Joseph F. Canfield, 83, of Cass Township, passed away Thursday at home, surrounded by his family. Born in Heckscherville, April 18, 1935, Joe was a son of the late Elizabeth Canfield Quinn. Dad attended Cass Township schools and was an Army veteran. The majority of his career was in the construction field, having worked on notable projects such as the initial Interstate 81 construction in addition to the Blue Marsh flood control dam project, which consists of the current-day Blue Marsh Recreation area. He retired in 1999 from Reading Anthracite as a truck driver. He was a parishioner of St. Michael the Archangel Parish, Minersville, and former St. Kieran Church, Heckscherville. Dad was an avid outdoorsman and trap shooter, competing regularly in local matches, as well as the annual Fred Coleman Memorial Shoot in Hegins. He was also a longtime member of Clover Fire Company, Saint Clair Fish and Game Association, American Legion Post 544 and the United Steelworkers of America. In addition, Dad was very active with the Schuylkill County Coal Crackers Polka Association due to his love of polka music. Dad will be remembered for his ability to hold conversations with friends, family and strangers. He enjoyed going to the Leesport and Hometown auctions just to sit and talk with people. He loved to share stories of days gone by with his many friends. It's a shame the world isn't more like that now. In addition to his mother, Joe was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Mary A. Stephen Canfield, on Oct. 7, 2017. He is survived by sons, Brian and Jeffrey, husband of Suzanne; granddaughters, Kate and Meghan; brother, John Quinn (Liz); sister, Cathy Quinn; sisters-in-law, Rita Purcell, Bette Burke, Joann Stephen and Peg Stephen; brother-in-law, Francis Stephen (Mary Ann); nieces and nephews; great-nieces and -nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Michael the Archangel Church, Minersville, with the Rev. Christopher M. Zelonis officiating. All are respectfully invited to attend a visitation with calling hours from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and 6 to 9:15 a.m. Wednesday at Mahal-Ritzel Funeral Home Inc., Minersville. Interment with military honors will be in St. Kieran's No. 2 Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer remembrances in the form of contributions to St. Michael the Archangel Church Memorial Fund, 538 Sunbury St., Minersville, PA 17954, or Castle Green Grotto, 950 Valley Road, Pottsville, PA 17901. Mahal-Ritzel Funeral Home Inc. is entrusted with the arrangements. Sign the guest book at republicanherald.com
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Minersville, PA 17954
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