In Memory

Joseph P. Lombardo


Joseph P. Lombardo

Published: June 23, 2011

June 19, 2011

Joseph P. Lombardo, 56, of Hazleton passed away Sunday at his home.

Born in Hazleton, he was the son of the late Joseph G. and Sadie (Chickerino) Lombardo and was a member of Ss. Cyril and Methodius Parish at St. Joseph's Church, Hazleton.

He was a graduate of Hazleton High School, Class of 1973, and King's College.

He was employed at the Drums Post Office for 20 years.

Joe had a gentle, kind soul who nurtured his family and friends in a generous, quiet way. He cooked every week for countless friends and family.

Preceding him in death, in addition to his parents, was his brother, Carmen Lombardo.

Surviving are his son, Joseph Bryan Lombardo, stationed in Nevada in the Navy; sister, Anne Marie Balliet, Anderson, S.C.; nieces, Sherri O'Donnell, Hazleton; and Lori Pilcher, Chattanooga, Tenn.; uncle, Nick Chickerino; and several great-nieces, nephews and cousins.

His funeral will be held on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. from Joseph A. Moran Funeral Home Inc., 229 W. 12th St., Hazleton.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. in Ss. Cyril and Methodius Parish at St. Joseph's Church.

Burial will be in Our Lady of Grace Cemetery.

Friends may call the funeral home on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m.

Condolences may be sent through www.moranfuneral

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03/27/13 03:34 PM #1    

Karen Martinkovic

To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.  ~ Thomas Campbell

07/02/13 02:32 PM #2    

Deborah Martin

Joe and I grew up together and were regulars in each others family homes. My mom was his godmother and his mom was mine. He was like another brother to me. A great guy in every way. Sweet, kind and an all around "take the shirt off his back" kinda guy.

I visited the Drums post office a lot because of my business and I would see him and he would come out to the window and chat or if I didn't see him, I would definitely "hear" him! He was always yelling or cracking up about something. I always smelled something good coming from whatever Joe was cooking in their kitchen. They gave him a hard time down there because of his antics, but only because they loved him so much. It's quiet when I go in now.

I'm trying to find the First Holy Communion pics of both of us together. They're a real hoot. When I do, I'll be sure to post them. I miss him. RIP Joe.

10/03/16 01:56 PM #3    

Thomas A. Lindeman

I first met Joe when we worked together at Senape's Bakery. Our greatest misadventure there was when we were making 5-gallon tubs of pizza sauce and accidentally dumped them on the floor. we then brainstormed the idea of using a garden hose to wash away the sauce, making a bad situation even worse!  Joe was a great guy and we were in several classes together in high school.  Lost track of him over our adult years.  He will be missed!




10/07/16 01:13 PM #4    

Thomas J. Flaim

Rest in peace, Joe.  You were a great classmate and a better friend.  You will be missed!

10/08/16 03:19 PM #5    

Matthew Palucci

I met Joe in 8th grade when I transferred to D.A. Harman from Holy Trinity Parochial. My 8th grade impression (and accurate to this day) was that Joe was a truly good , decent person who 'you could trust to share a foxhole with' . 

Joe and I were best friends throughout 8th grade and into 9th grade, and as evolving friendships sometimes dictate at that young time in our lives...Joe and I eventually moved in different circles.

However, we always kept in touch and shared time together on the HHS Cross Country Teams 71-73' , HHS track teams 71-73' , U.S. Marine Corps Physical Fitness Team Competition 72-73'..... and innumerable beer parties !

I miss a truly wonderful , kind , funny and STRONG person in Joe Lombardo !!

10/09/16 04:45 PM #6    

Michael (Lennie) Saleeba

Joe was a good friend in high school, always said hi to everyone. Used to see him at the post office, but we lost touch.Sad to see him pass. RIP Joe.

10/16/16 02:54 PM #7    

Nancy A. Mondero

Got to know Joe in the band in high school. He was a really decent soft spoken guy. Sorry to hear of his passing. Makes us think of our own mortality when people you own age satrt dying.

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