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Joseph M. Probition, Sr.
Died: Feb 14, 2020
Joseph M. Probition, Sr., 93, of Frackville, passed away early Friday morning at the Broad Mountain Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Frackville.

Born in Morea, March 11, 1926, he was a son of the late John and Mary Demko Probition.  He attended Mahanoy Township Schools.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran having served in WWII and the Korean War.  He received the rank of SV6 and served on the USS Wichita, USS APL 8 and the USS Gordius ARL 36.  He received the Philippine Liberation Ribbon, Pacific Theatre Ribbon and the American Theatre Ribbon.

He was a member of St. Joseph the Worker Parish, Frackville; serving as a lector and was former President of the Holy Name Society; He served as Scoutmaster of Troop 89; received the Silver Beaver Award and was a vigil member of scouting Order of the Arrow.

He was Past Grand Knight of the Rev. James A Hogan Knights of Columbus Council #2580, Frackville; Past President of Frackville Borough Council; past President of the North Schuylkill School Board, 16 years; past Vice-President of Schuylkill IU

Past President of Frackville Rotary; he was also a member of Goodwill Hose Company, Frackville, Friendship Fire Company, Englewood; DAV #30, Shenandoah; the Black Diamond Navy Club, Minersville and Past President of Resident Council of Broad Mountain Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Frackville.

He worked as a welder for Penn DOT and previously worked for #1 Contracting Company.

Joseph was preceded in death by his wife Elizabeth “Betty” Shemansik Probition, in 2004; an infant son Edward, III; a son Edward Probition, in 2015; sisters; Anna and Mary; brothers Edward, John and Francis.

He is survived by a son; Joseph M. Probition, Jr. and wife Suzie, Shenandoah Heights; grandchildren; Joseph Probition, III and Jennifer Dross; great granddaughter; Zarah Rose Dross; companion and caregiver Kathryn Koperna; Minersville; best friend; Betty Koperna; nieces and nephews; close friends; Jim and Ellen Ryan and family and their grandchildren children; Nicholas, Ella, Grace and Shane.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 18, at St. Ann’s R.C. Church, Frackville with Rev. Francis Iroot, as celebrant.  Relatives and friends are invited to a visitation Monday evening from 6 to 8 pm and again Tuesday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Albert L. Gricoski Funeral Home, Frackville.  Interment with military honors will be in St. Casimir’s Cemetery, Mahanoy Township.

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