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“Brother Joe was a very good person and had a very big Heart. My deepest prayers are with Pam and her Family. My work schedule doesn't allow me to...Read More »
1 of 5 | Posted by: Dennis V Rink - Roaring Brook Twp, PA

“I knew J.P. for years from the good times I had at J.P.'s Cafe. He was a good guy. My condolonces to his family. ”
2 of 5 | Posted by: William Walsh Jr. - Moscow, PA

“Grace and family, I was shocked and saddened to read of Joey's death....he was always a smiling friendly face whenever I saw him. I know you have...Read More »
3 of 5 | Posted by: Phyllis Maciejewski Mojzis - NC

“Sorry to hear about Joey, I grew up with him in Avoca on Elm street. I will always remember him as a good person who was always kind to my Mom and...Read More »
4 of 5 | Posted by: Carl Haduck - Powell, TN

“Dear Grace, Mary Kay,Patty Ann, Pam and family, My deepest sympathies, prayers and thougths of love to all of you at this time. I am so sorry...Read More »
5 of 5 | Posted by: Karen Morrissey (Grabowski) - CA


Joseph P. Piragas, age 48, of Moosic, passed away early Tuesday morning at the Moses Taylor Hospital in Scranton. He is survived by his wife, the former Pam DeFazio Piragas. Wed on January 12, 1980, the couple was married for 29 years. Born in Taylor on October 16, 1961, son of Grace O'Donnell Piragas and the late Paul Piragas, Joseph was a graduate of Pittston Area High School, Class of 1979. He had worked as a welder by trade until 1980 when he became the owner and operator of J.P.'s Cafe in Moosic until his death. Of Protestant faith, he was a member of the Moosic Presbyterian Church. He was also a member of the Moosic Lodge #664. An avid reader of the author Dan Brown's novels, he was also a devoted fan of the Dallas Cowboys. A loving husband, father, son, brother, relative and friend, he will be dearly missed. He is also survived by his two daughters; Shannon Pavalonis and husband Ronald and Nicole Piragas and companion Julio Dalina, all of Moosic, his two grandchildren; Kaitlin Gnall and Brady Michael Pavalonis, his two sisters; Mary Kay Stetina and husband Steve of Pittston and Patty Avery of Falls, his god mother and aunt, Ann Marie Conroy of Pittston, and several nieces and nephews. The family would like to express their gratitude to Dr. Karen Paczkowski, M.D., and her staff for all of their care and compassion. Funeral services will be conducted on Thursday at 7:00PM in the Thomas P. Kearney Funeral Home, Inc., 517 North Main Street, Old Forge, by the Rev. Dr. Susan J. Ezell, Pastor of the Moosic Presbyterian Church. Relatives and friends may pay their respects on Thursday between 4-7:00PM at the funeral home. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Joseph's family (c/o 727 Main Street <2nd floor> Moosic, 18507).

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