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R. Joseph Stapleton

February 27, 1947 — November 11, 2019

R. Joseph Stapleton, 72, of Wilkes-Barre passed away peacefully in the presence of his loving family on November 11, 2019.

Born February 27, 1947 in Wilkes-Barre he was a son of the late Joseph R. and Mary (Jean) Conwell Stapleton.

Joe was a 1965 graduate of E.L. Meyers High School where he was a founding member of the Tappa Kegga Day fraternity.

Joe retired in 2006 after working forty years as an optical technician for Balester Optical and Luzerne Optical.

Joe loved fishing and flying. He was zealous in coaching and supporting the football programs of the Mini Mohawks and Meyers Mohawks for many years and was a devoted fan of the athletic programs of the University of Notre Dame. Joe was also very active in the former Parish of Saint Therese prior to its merger.

In addition to his parents, Joe was preceded in death by his wife of twenty-three years, Virginia Ermish Stapleton, and his sister, Ann Beardsworth.

Joe will be greatly missed by his children, Cynthia and her husband Michael Konnick of Camden, Delaware, and Mark and his wife Nikki Stapleton of Mountain Top; grandchildren, Morgan Konnick, Emilee and her husband Cordell Haynes and Zachary Konnick; a great-grandson, Jakob Haynes; brother, Thomas and his wife Jackie Stapleton of Bridgeville, Delaware; sisters, Mary Alice and her husband Brent Spiegel of Camp Hill, and Ellen and her husband Reggie Capitan of Dover, Delaware; nieces, nephews, other family and friends.

Joe's entire family is grateful to Dr. Patrick Kerrigan and his staff for their loving care and guidance.

Celebration of Joe's Life will begin Friday with visitation from 5 to 8 PM at McLaughlin's, 142 South Washington Street in Wilkes-Barre and continue there on Saturday with gathering at 9 AM followed by a Funeral Mass at 10 AM in the Church of Saint Patrick.

Memorial donations are preferred and may be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association.

Memories and condolences may be shared with Joe's family at www.celebratehislife.com
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Friday, November 15, 2019

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Saturday, November 16, 2019

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Saturday, November 16, 2019

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