Obituaries

Joseph B. “Joe” DeLuca

Joseph B. “Joe” DeLuca, 67, of Brandonville passed away suddenly on Dec. 7 while returning home from a trip to California.

Born in Shenandoah on Dec. 24, 1947, he was the son of the late Joseph and Mary (Anuscavage) DeLuca.

Joe was a 1965 graduate of the former J.W. Cooper High School, Shenandoah.

On June 23, 1973, he married the former Carole Ann Obzut, who survives.

School BusJoe and his wife shared the passion of their lives by owning and operating DeLuca Busing for 40 years for the Hazleton Area School District until 2012, when they retired. Joe was a true automobile enthusiast at heart. His passion was evident in the second business that the couple shared, which was Obzut’s Auto Sales, a small car dealership in Brandonville.

Joe was a well known and liked man in the area. He proudly served as a East Union Township supervisor for two terms.

Surviving, in addition to his wife of 42 years, are his son, Joseph J. DeLuca, Brandonville; and his daughter, Carolyn DeLuca, Hawaii.

We will miss and love you always. Rest In Peace.

Services were private.

Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, Shenandoah, was in charge of the arrangements.

Joseph B. “Joe” DeLuca Has 5 Condolences Posted:

  1. Jean (Lorah) Sharkey says:

    Carol and Family,
    We are so sorry for the loss of your husband/father, Joe, and send our sincere condolences. May he rest in peace and may you find comfort in all of your wonderful memories. Our prayers are with you in this time of sorrow.
    Bill & Catherine Lorah
    Jean (Lorah) Sharkey

  2. linda heller (hollenbach) says:

    Carol I am so sorry for your loss. I lived across the street from him in Shenandoah a great person

  3. Mary Ann Molendini says:

    Carol and family,
    My sincere sympathy to you on the passing of your husband/father.
    I was one of Joe’s teachers at the high school and had the pleasure of meeting with you on occasion. May you find peace and comfort in the memories you hold in your hearts.
    Mary Ann Molendini

  4. cheryl puskar pacelli says:

    Dear Carol and family I just read about the passing of your husband Joe so very sorry to hear that just want you to know that im thinking of you at this sad time. cheryl puskar pacelli

  5. DIANE AND FRED KEIM says:

    Dear Carol and Family,
    Was so surprised and saddened when we read the passing of Joseph. Thinking of you at this time and will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Hope 2016 will be a better year but guess it is off to a bad start with his passing. Think and remember the happy memories and maybe that will help you move on.
    Diane Fred Keim of Shenandoah