Joseph E. Shamonsky, 72, of Hometown, PA died on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 in Allentown, PA. He was the husband of Shirley (nee Frye) Shamonsky to whom he would have been married 50 years in December. Born in Mary-D, PA on August 7, 1944, Joseph was a son of the late Frank A. and Mary (nee Devigili) Shamonsky. A 1964 graduate of Tamaqua High School, he served as a medical corpsman in the Army during the Vietnam War. Joseph retired from Lucent, Reading, PA in 2000 and formerly had worked for the former Atlas Powder Company, Reynolds, PA and the former Bethlehem Steel Company, Bethlehem, PA. He was a life member of the Hometown Fire Company; a life member of West Penn Rod and Gun Club; a life member of the Vietnam Veterans’ Organization of Carbon County, Post 123; a member of the Lansford American Legion; a charter member and vice president of the former Lansford American Legion Riders; a former member of the South Ward Fire Company and a former member of the Hometown Fire Police. Joseph was of the Catholic faith. He is survived by his wife, Shirley; son, Joseph E. Shamonsky, Jr. and his wife Elizabeth of Hometown; daughter, Heather A. Shamonsky and her fiancé Stephen Hoffman of West Penn Township, PA; grandchildren, Devin, Samantha, and Tyler; brother, Charles Shamonsky of Hometown; and his dog, Karson. Predeceasing him were his parents; a brother Frank in April; a sister Arlene Sakusky; and his beloved dog Toby. Services will be held at 11 AM on Monday, July 17 at the Zizelmann-Gulla Funeral Home, 500 East Broad Street, Tamaqua, PA with The Rev. Stephen Halabura officiating. Interment with military honors in Sky View Memorial Park, Hometown will follow services. Call 9-11 AM on Monday at the funeral home. Memorials in Joseph’s name may be made to the Tamaqua Salvation Army, 105 West Broad Street, Tamaqua, PA 18252 OR the Hillside SPCA, 51 SPCA Road, Pottsville, PA 17901. Online condolences may be made at www.zgfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are being handled by the Zizelmann- Gulla Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Tamaqua.
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