Age 92, of Glenshaw, formally of Lawrenceville, on Sunday, September 3, 2017. Joe graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1943 and immediately joined the United States Navy. He was a veteran's veteran. Joe served in the Navy during World War II in the Pacific. After his service in the Pacific, Joe was honorably discharged in 1946 from the Navy as a Seaman 1st Class. For Seventy-One years, his loyalty and dedication to his fellow veterans continued. A great portion of his time was spent at the local Veteran's Administration Hospitals. In a relentless manner, he served those who had lost their health - the hospitalized veteran - with the motto "Keep 'em smiling in beds of white." In 1989, Joe was the Seam Squirrel for the Pennsylvania 99 United States Military Order of the Cootie (MOC), and was a MOC Life Member. He was very active in the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). Joe became a member of the Jene-Mager VFW Post 278 in Bloomfield. He was Post Commander in 1963, Allegheny County Commander in 1972, and the 29th District Commander in 1976. He was selected as Commander of the Year in 1972 by Allegheny County VFW. Joe was the AVS representative in the Oakland VA Hospital for 13 years. In 1995, Joseph received a citation from the PA House of Representatives for Patriotism nominated by the Bloomfield Citizens Council. He was known for making yearly floats for Veterans Day parades in Pittsburgh and Lawrenceville. He retired from Nabisco as Buyer. Joe was a lifelong practicing Catholic at several churches including St. Mary's Lawrenceville and St. Maria Goretti Roman Catholic Church Parish (formerly Immaculate Conception-St. Joseph Parish). Joe's brightest light shines in the eyes of the Veterans he served and the family and friends he loved so very dearly, his son, Robert and daughter-in-law, Joy, his son, Joseph and daughter-in-law, Camille, his daughter, Lou Ann, his daughter, Colleen and son-in-law, Jack, his daughter, Patty and son-in-law, Jim, his son, Michael and daughter-in-law, Kristine; also 12 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Mary Lou (Mullinary). Joe was the son of the late Frank J. Wolff and Mary E. (Shea); three brothers and two sisters. Family and friends received at the WALTER J. ZALEWSKI FUNERAL HOME, 216 44th Street, on Tuesday 4-8 p.m. and Wednesday 2-8 p.m. Funeral Mass at St. Maria Goretti Parish, Friendship Mission on Thursday at 10 a.m.
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PostedSeptember 05, 2017