Dr. Joseph A. Schectman
SCRANTON — Dr. Joseph A. Schectman, 92, of Scranton, died Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016, in the Jewish Home. He and his wife, the former Harriet Brown, celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary on June 19. Born in Wilkes-Barre, he was the son of the late Morris David and Hannah Halpin Schectman. He was a graduate of Plymouth High School, where he lettered in track, and attended Penn State University until 1942, when he was inducted into the U.S. Army. As a member of the 3rd Battalion, 424th Infantry Regiment, 106th Infantry Division, his battalion was trapped during the Battle of the Bulge and was able to escape with the help of the 82nd Airborne Division. He was injured by shrapnel twice during the battle and awarded the Combat Infantry Badge with four bronze battle stars and was awarded recently the Bronze Star Medal by U.S. Congressman Matt Cartwright for meritorious achievement in active combat against the enemy and numerous other combat medals. The division suffered 8,000 casualties. He was mentioned in the John Toland book, Battle: The Story of the Bulge, and his military history is recorded at Rutgers University's Oral History of World War II. After the war, he attended Wilkes University for two years and graduated from Temple University School of Podiatry. He practiced in the Mid-Valley area of Lackawanna County and at Montrose General Hospital until his retirement in 1998. He was a member of Temple Israel Scranton, had served as a past president of the Lackawanna County Podiatric Society, and as a past chairman of the South Bounders Division of the United Jewish Campaign. This past May, he was honored for his many years of outstanding and dedicated volunteer service at the Jewish Home. He was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather whose passions were classical music, nature and ornithology, he was a member of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Also surviving are two daughters, Susan Schectman and husband, Steve Teich, San Francisco, Calif., and Amy Garrison and husband, Grant, Sparks, Nev.; a sister, Ruth Freistat, Jerusalem, Israel; five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister, Sylvia Harbater; and a brother, Barry Sherman. The funeral will be 11 a.m. Thursday in the Chapel of Temple Israel, Monroe Avenue and East Gibson Street, Scranton, with services by Rabbi Moshe Saks and Rabbi Samuel Sandhaus. Interment in Ohav Zedek Cemetery, Hanover Township. Shiva will be observed at the family residence, 1738 Ariel St., Scranton, beginning Wednesday Oct. 26, following the Festival of Sukkos from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m., 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, and 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30. Memorial contributions may be made to Temple Israel, 918 E. Gibson St., Scranton, PA 18510, or to the Jewish Home, 1101 Vine St., Scranton, PA 18510. To offer an online condolence, please visit www.scrantonjewishfunerals.com . Arrangements and care provided by Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home Inc., Dunmore.
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