Thomas A. Joseph
- December 24, 2022
Thomas A. Joseph
Big Beaver Borough, Pa.
Thomas A. Joseph, 93, formerly of Big Beaver Borough, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 22, 2022, at Celebration Villa in Chippewa Township, Pa., where he resided.
Tom was born on May 30, 1929, in Monticello, Iowa, he was a son of the late Raymond P. and Alice (Patton) Joseph. After serving two years in the U.S. Army as a clerk typist at an Army Neuropsychiatric Clinic in Pusan, Korea, he returned to the family farm, chiefly with a desire to support the local Reformed Presbyterian Church in Hopkinton, Iowa. Due to his health and a realization that the church would not continue, he ended up in Kansas City, working in the laboratory of a seed company there.
A new church work had begun in Marion, Iowa, and he moved to that area in August 1967. That church work did not survive, and he moved again the summer of 1994 to the Beaver Falls, Pa., area.
He was married on July 30, 1957, to Martha Caskey of the Clarinda, Iowa, area. Two children were born to that marriage, William and Mary. Martha died Oct. 23, 2003, and he was remarried to Irma Matz on April 23, 2005.
He was a member of Hope Community Reformed Presbyterian Church in Beaver Falls.
He is survived by his wife, Irma (Matz) Joseph, Chippewa Township; two children, Bill (Sandra) Joseph, Big Beaver Borough, and Mary (Bill) Graham, Lawrence, Kan.; five grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; a stepdaughter, Lynda Szabo, Beaver Falls; and a stepson, Mike Matz, Pisgah Forest, N.C.
In addition to his first wife, Martha, he was preceded in death by his brother, Raymond P. Joseph
“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you: the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26
Friends will be received from 1 p.m. until service at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29, in the Hill and Kunselman Funeral Home, www.hillandkunselman.com, 3801 Fourth Ave., College Hill, Beaver Falls. Followed by interment in the Reformed Presbyterian Cemetery in New Galilee.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to Reformed Presbyterian Global Missions, 7408 Penn Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15208.