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Joseph H. Rogan, Sr.

Joseph H. Rogan, Sr., 86, of Avoca passed away on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at his home.

Born March 24, 1934 to the late Hugh and Marie (Kelly) Rogan. Joseph lived his entire life in Avoca except for the time that he spent in the US Military Service with the US Army T-54-B.

Joseph was a member of Queen of The Apostles Parish Church, Avoca, a graduate of Avoca High School and Johnson Technical School. He worked for a brief time for the Greyhound Bus Company and became a 3rd generation Iron Worker for over 35 years working through Scranton Local 489 Iron Workers Union.

Joseph loved horse racing, cigars, played football, baseball and basketball in his younger years and was an avid sports fan in his later years. He was a member and former commander of the Avoca VFW Post 833 and was a member of the Avoca Jolly Boys Association. He was the coach of the VFW Boys Basketball team in the Avoca Jolly Boys Basketball league where he won two championships going undefeated in both seasons.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife of 63 years Dolores Jagger, his sister Ruth Grow and her husband Leonas Grow, and brother-in-law Tommy Killino.

He is survived by his sons Joseph T. Rogan of Avoca,

Gary and wife Mery Rogan and his granddaughter Kelly of Jakarta, Indonesia. Also surviving are his sister-in-law Margie Killino, niece Karen Talipski and her husband Ray, great nephews, Chris and Robert Talipski, nephew Willy and his wife Trish Grow and nephew Michael Grow.

The family would like to thank Joseph’s long-time care takers Darlene Swithers and Diane Welgus for the many years of loving care given to Joseph. The family would also like to thank Amanda Asay of American Health, the Avoca Ambulance Association for their services and nurse Brianne of Commonwealth Health.

A mass of Christian burial will be held on Saturday, June 20, 2020 at 11:30am from Kiesinger Funeral Services, Inc., 255 McAlpine St., Duryea with a mass of Christian burial at Queen of The Apostles Parish Church, 715 Hawthorne St., Avoca with Fr. Phillip Sladicka officiating. If attending the mass be mindful the church is only allowed to use 50% of their maximum capacity. Kindly use your discretion. Masks are mandatory for funeral home and church. Friends may call for visitation at funeral home from 10:30am until time of service. Interment will be held at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Avoca.


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