Obituary of Joseph Weiss
Joseph Nicholas Weiss, 98, of Camp Hill, passed away peacefully on July 20, 2019 at the home of daughter Linda, who lovingly cared for him over the past nine months. We will always be indebted to Linda for giving him a real home for his final days. Joe is once again with his late wife Janet, no doubt polka dancing to a heavenly waltz. Our loss, heaven’s gain.
Joe is survived by five children: William Weiss (Anne), Marie Carson (Steven), Barb Sexton (Tom), Pat Devlin (John) and Linda Weiss; grandchildren Matthew and Laura Weiss, Amy Carson, Erica O’Connor (David), Jacqueline and Connor Sexton, and Peter and Patrick Devlin. Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Luba Weiss and sister Marie Lupia.
Born and raised in the Enhaut/Steelton area, Joe was always proud of his Croation and German heritage and passed this appreciation on to his children and grandchildren. Some of our fondest memories include Joe “conducting” his band of family musicians as they played St. Mary’s Croation Christmas hymns every Christmas Eve. He lived for his kids and grandkids, forever providing that special gathering place - be it the family swimming pool or the six-foot swing he hand-made to curl up with this grandchildren.
Joe and Janet loved music and went on many trips with their friends to polka festivals. He was, to put it mildly, the life of the party and had a thing for costumes and skits to liven the scene. At times his kids were called upon to participate, which we did out of pure admiration for his never-ending energy.
Joe was an avid gardener with a special love for trees and anything evergreen. He also was a winter sports enthusiast, having been a member of the Hershey Figure Skating Club and a skier into his 70’s. He loved sledding, beginning with bobsleds careening down Mohn Street in Steelton, a backyard toboggan run onto a frozen creek in Pinebrook, and a pile of grandkids on his back sledding at Bill’s farm.
Joe attended Harrisburg Catholic High School and worked briefly at Bethlehem Steel. A Navy veteran of WWII, Joe attended several colleges as part of his military training. In 1945, he was assigned to a small wooden fishing vessel to conduct covert U-boat surveillance in the North Atlantic. Caught in a violent storm near Bermuda, the ship was severely damaged but was able to catch the Gulf stream and drift for three weeks when it was finally located and pulled to shore in Lisbon, Portugal.
Joe’s 34-year career at the Navy SPCC in Mechanicsburg began at the beginning of the Navy’s nuclear operations. His proudest achievement was a two-month assignment to Antarctica and New Zealand in 1972. Following retirement, he worked in logistics for private contractor CACI for 12 years.
Joe was a member of the Church of the Good Shepherd, Camp Hill.
A visitation will be held on Friday, July 26, 2019 from 10:00 am - 11:00 am in Wiedeman Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2253 Derry Street, Harrisburg with Funeral Services beginning at 11:00 am in the funeral home. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery at the conclusion of services.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, JDRF Central PA Chapter, 1104 Fernwood Avenue, Suite 301, Camp Hill, PA 17011.To send flowers to the family of Joseph Weiss, please visit Tribute Store