Joseph J. Korea
November 07, 2020


Mr. Joseph J. Korea, 69, of Duryea, passed away Saturday, November 7, 2020, at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township.

Born in Pittston, he was the son of the late John and Catherine Baron Korea and was a graduate of Seton Catholic High School, Class of 1969 and Luzerne County Community College. Prior to his retirement, he was employed by Schott Optical, Duryea.

He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Church, Pittston.

Joe enjoyed spending time with his family, but he real love was spending time with his three grandchildren who were the light of his life. Joe was a die hard Philadelphia Eagles fan and a Penn State fan. He enjoyed going on vacation, especially cruises, going to amusement parks and the outdoors.

He was preceded in death by his brother, John Korea and brother in law, John Zack.

Surviving are his wife, the former Debbie Mawson
Daughter, Alicia Mortensen and her husband, Christopher, of Bear Creek
Son, Joseph Korea and his wife, Alana Noel, of Duryea
Grandson, Colin Mortensen
Granddaughter, Courtney Korea
Grandson, Kaleb Korea

Sister, Patricia Zack of Exeter
Sister-in-law, Nancy Korea of Gouldsboro
Nieces and nephews
Great nieces and great nephews

A private Mass of Christian Burial will be held in St. John the Evangelist Church, Pittston with interment in St. John's Cemetery, Duryea. A viewing will be held on Wednesday, November 11, 2020, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Bernard J. Piontek Funeral Home Inc., 204 Main Street, Duryea. To leave an online condolence for Joe's family, please visit the funeral home website, In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 150 Monument Road, Ste 100, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004.


Guestbook Entries

We are so very sorry for your loss. May you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you.

Vanessa and Jim Basara (11 days ago)

My sincere condolences to the family on your loss. Joe was a good man and work colleague. He will be missed.

Sally Pucilowski (12 days ago)

Debbie my deepest condolences to you and the family. May you find the strength to get through this tough time. May he rest in peace.

Stephen Perschau (13 days ago)

Our deepest sympathy to you and your family.

Mary Rugletic (13 days ago)

Please accept my deepest condolences on the loss of Joe. He was a sweet guy and my high school classmate. May he rest in peace.

Christine Zongilla (13 days ago)

Debbie, Alicia, Joe I am very sorry for your loss.

Kenny Sypniewski (14 days ago)

So very sorry. He was a good man, I will miss our chats. May he enjoy one more vacation in Heaven.

Joe Grescavage (mailman) (14 days ago)

Our deepest sympathy.

Fred Pierantoni III (14 days ago)

Debbie, Alicia & Joe .... so sorry for the loss of Joe our longtime neighbor and friend. May he rest in Peace.

Tony & Mary Ann Ferlick (14 days ago)

Debbie Alicia and Joe please accept my sincere condolences he was myclassmate and work friend at schott's and was the best of both.May he rest in peace.

Michael Kepich (14 days ago)

Debbie, Alicia and Joe-please accept my sincere condolence on the passing of your beloved Husband and Father, keep his memories close to your heart and may he rest in peace.

Donna Sypniewski (14 days ago)

Debbie, Alicia and Joe We are so sorry for the loss of Joe our longtime neighbor and friend. May he rest in peace.

(15 days ago)

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