Joseph F. Pokrifcsak, 96, of Easton, Pa., passed away at St. Luke’s Anderson on August 11, 2021. He was the beloved husband of 68 years to the late Elinor Bartholomew Pokrifcsak, who passed away on June 5, 2016. They celebrated 68 years of marriage on June 25, 2015. Born August 24, 1924 in Martins Creek, Pa., he was a son of the late John and Julia Kscenak Pokrifcsak. He was a graduate of Easton High School in June 1942. He proudly served his country in the US Army, during World War II, in Co. C, 15th Armored Battalion, 5th Armored Division in the European Theater. He was honored with the Bronze Star for meritorious service during the Battle of The Bulge. He also received the WWII Victory Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Distinguished Unit Badge, Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal for the Ardennes, Rhineland and Central European Campaigns. After his service he was employed by the former Alpha-Portland Cement Co. as a lab technician. He also worked for the US Postal Service in Bangor, Pa. He retired in April 1988. He was a member of St. Jane Frances de Chantal Catholic Church in Palmer Twp., Pa. He also served as commander of the former Lt. Pokrifcsak, Cpl. Brandt VFW Post 6148. He belonged to the American Postal Workers Union. He enjoyed his family, golfing and travelling.
He is survived by his daughter, Sherry Kupec and husband George , with whom he lived; granddaughters, Tracy Zuluaga and husband John of Nazareth, Pa., and Tara Amato and husband Robert of Palmer Twp., Pa. Four great-grandchildren are Emily and Alexandra Zuluaga, and Nicholas and Natalie Amato. His best memories were times spent with them. Many nieces and nephews survive. He was predeceased by brothers John Jr., Stephen, Michael and Lt. Peter Pokrifcsak; and sisters Julia Duh, Mary Pados and Catherine Pokrifcsak.
A viewing will be held on Saturday August 14, 2021 from 9 to 10 am at The Finegan Funeral Home, 4080 William Penn Highway, 4080 William Penn Highway, Palmer Twp., Pa., followed at 10:30am by a Funeral Mass at St. Jane Frances de Chantal Catholic Church, 4049 Hartley Ave., Palmer Twp., Pa. Interment will be in Three Church Hill Cemetery, Martins Creek, Pa. Donations may be made to Tunnel to Towers Foundation at t2t.org