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Joseph L. McShane of Factoryville, formerly of Clarks Summit, passed away Sunday evening, January 13, 2013 peacefully surrounded by his family. He was the husband of the former Patricia McDonald, who was the love of his life and best friend.
He was born July 19, 1947, in Kings County Hospital, Brooklyn, N.Y., and was immediately placed in the care of the Sisters of Mercy. Joseph lived among the Sisters of Mercy for many years. When Joseph spoke of the Sisters, he would be the first to tell you that they were the ones that instilled his "wacky" sense of humor. Several years later, the New York City Police Department complimented that great sense of humor by adding a bit of "salty language."
Joseph lived in a variety of foster homes and finally found peace when he went to live with Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Anglin. They provided him with love, necessary warmth, good food, a roof over his head and a fine education. Mr. and Mrs. Anglin will always be known to Joseph as "mom and dad."
After graduating from Martin Van Buren High School, Queens Village, N.Y., he entered the United States Army to fulfill his military obligation. It was there that he first encountered trouble with his hearing, which eventually became a lifelong process of acceptance. He served his country in Vietnam, and shortly after his honorable discharge in 1969, he began his career in law enforcement with the New York City Police Department, where he was an active police officer until his retirement in 1983.
Following his retirement, he spent four years with the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections as a plumbing instructor. He also maintained his own plumbing practice. Joseph enjoyed his profession for many years and he was always willing to lend a helping hand. Joseph felt strongly that his greatest achievement was through the intercessions of Our Lady of Sorrows; it brought peace to his families.
He was a lifetime member of the New York City REMA, the New York City PBA, the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 63 of NEPA, and the 10-13 Club of Northeast Palm Coast, Fla. He was also a member of Al-Anon for 27 years and owes a great deal of gratitude to each and everyone who attended these meetings. He will always be grateful for the people of Al-Anon. In the final analysis, Joseph lived an almost perfect, happy life. This was accomplished through the recovery of Al-Anon and the willingness to accept change and life on God's terms. Many who knew Joseph also knew of Fanci, his certified hearing service dog. They are now joyfully reunited together in heaven.
The family at this time would like to express gratitude to Dr. Marie J. Adajar of the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center; Dr. James Brady of Geisinger Wyoming Valley; and the Hospice of Sacred Heart. Joseph was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather (known as 'Poppy Joe') who will be deeply missed. His acts of kindness will be deeply missed but his memory will remain in our hearts.
Also surviving are his children: a daughter, Jennifer McShane-Heil and husband, John, Scranton; a son, Stephen McShane, Nutley, N.J.; his wife's four children, Jenifer Quinn Anhar and husband, Wilson, Bothell, Wash.; Moriah Quinn Peters and husband, William, Clarks Summit; Matthew Quinn and wife, Queen, New York City; and Erin Quinn Ware and husband, Edward, Factoryville; 11 grandchildren, Christian and Thomas McShane; Emma and Grace McShane-Heil; Quinn and Olivia Anhar; William Peters Jr., Kathryn Peters and Beau, Carson and Samuel Ware.
The funeral will be Saturday with Mass at noon at Our Lady of the Snows Church, 301 S. State St., Clarks Sum- mit, with military honors and an honor guard of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 63 of NEPA. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family in St. Joseph Cemetery, Scott Twp.
The family will receive relatives and friends Saturday at the church from 11 a.m. to noon and following the Mass in the Gathering Room at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to Catherine McAuley Center, 430 Pittston Ave., Scranton, PA 18505, www.catherinemcauleycenter.org; or for those that are dog lovers, Dogs for the Deaf, 10175 Wheeler Road, Central Point, OR 97502, www.dogsforthedeaf.org.
Arrangements are being made by the Jennings-Calvey Funeral and Cremation Service Inc., 111 Colburn Ave., Clarks Summit, PA 18411.
Joe, we who knew and worked with you at the 30th Precinct feel a loss. Our condolences and prayers go out to his family. He was one of those few who made the "Job" bearable.
Herman Velez Jan 19 2013 12:00 AM
My very deepest sympathy to Pat and family. I have not seen Joe in many years but I have thought of him often. The memory of this wonderful man will live with me forever.
Victor Sangiuliano Jan 18 2013 12:00 AM
Riki Lindsey Cobler purchased flowers (America the Beautiful by Teleflora) Dear Pat and Family, My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Love Riki
Riki Lindsey Cobler Jan 18 2013 12:00 AM
Our Dear Pat, Danny and I cannot begin to express the sadness we feel for your immense lose of your incredible husband, Joseph! He has touched our lives in so many ways and we will always be so grateful for the wonderful time we all had in Florida celebrating his mother's 90th Birthday. She was so proud of him! Never have we known a man with so much faith in God but who managed to always stay "grounded" knowing that no matter what went on in life he could find the humor in it! More of us need to take his lead and we are better people for having known him. You will be in our thoughts and prayers for a long time to come and may you enjoy the peace that passeth all understanding through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! Please consider yourself hugged by us and know we will not forget you, Ever, nor or precious Joseph. Love Danny and Carol Anglin
Carol Anglin Jan 16 2013 12:00 AM
We are so sorry about the loss of Joseph. He was such a kind and funny man. Our thoughts and prayers and with you and your family. It's comforting to know that he and Fancy are reunited again. So sorry....
James & Joan Kryzanowski Jan 16 2013 12:00 AM
Dear Pat and Family, We are so very sorry for the loss of Joe. I know that he has gone on to Paradise and is no longer in pain and enjoying the company of all of Heaven. You are in our thoughts, hearts and prayers and if there anything we can do, let us know. We are going to have a Mass for Joe. I have asked him to watch over and help his Nephew, Joseph Longo. Blessings and Love to you all. The Longo Family+++
Longo Family Jan 15 2013 12:00 AM
my Dearest Twin, we are so sad with the passing of Joe, God must have k own, we were so privileged to have a great time with you and Joe last summer, we had a lot a good times and laughs, We will miss Joe so much, please know Pat that we are here for you, so if you need anything please call me! I love you and my Our Merciful Lord watch over you! Always Pam and Mike
Pam and Mike Paulcich Jan 15 2013 12:00 AM
Pam and Mike Paulcich made a donation to DOGS FOR THE DEAF INC We are very sorry to hear about your loss. From our family to yours, our most heartfelt sympathies.We love you very much,always Pam and Mike
Pam and Mike Paulcich Jan 13 2013 12:00 AM