• JOSEPH RAGAN Age 88, of New Al...

Age 88, of New Alexandria, born February 23, 1931, in Braddock Hills, passed away Sunday, July 14, 2019, with his daughters by his side. He was the son of the late George and Mary Teply Ragan. Joe was the beloved husband of the late JoAnn (Litzinger) Ragan. Joe was adored by his children, Lisa Chedrick (John) of Delaware, Linda Munzek (Scott) of Bell Township, and Laura Sharp (Martin) of Delmont. Pappy will be sadly missed by his cherished grandchildren, Chelsea Lehman (Frank) and Donald Chedrick, Amanda and Megan Munzek, Marisa and Abby Sharp. Joe was preceded in death by his sisters, Alice Kopcho, Florence Gallo and bothers, George, Gary and Robert Ragan. He is survived by longtime family friends, Virginia (daughter-by-chance) and William Friend, his brother, Edward (Trudy) Ragan of Monroeville, and sister, Jane Limbacher (the late Art) of Cabet. He was loved by many nieces and nephews. Joe thoroughly enjoyed his 54-year career as a cemeterian. He started as a teen at Monongahela Cemetery and later went on to manage Braddock Cemetery. With his wife JoAnn, he founded Ragan Cemetery Service. He purchased Chartiers Cemetery in Carnegie, and successfully managed it until his retirement. He was a life member of American Legion, AMVETS, Korean War Veteran's and Disabled American Veteran's Associations. In his retirement, Joe loved spending time with his grandchildren and tending to his extensive garden. Thank you to neighbors Kim, John and Blake Cecchini for looking after him. The family would like to thank Senior Helpers and Kathy and Jerry Sheffler for their diligence and dedication. After 56 years of marriage, it is understandable how one couldn't wait another moment to be reunited with their soul mate. Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at P. DAVID NEWHOUSE FUNERAL HOME, 215 Church St., New Alexandria, 724-668-2248. Rosary Alter Society will say the Rosary Friday at 1:30 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Saturday at St. James Parish, 306 St. James Lane, New Alexandria. www.newhousefuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Legion.
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PostedJuly 20, 2019