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Joseph R. Sarisky

March 10, 1940 — October 22, 2023

Joseph R. Sarisky, 83, of Bethlehem, passed away on Sunday, October 22, 2023, at the Hospice House of St. Luke’s. He was born March 10, 1940, in Hazelton, PA, son of the late John and Mary (Tepko) Sarisky. Joe was preceded in death by his loving wife of 45 years, Janice A. Sarisky.

Joe was proud of his work as an insurance salesman for Prudential Insurance Company, earning the title of Agent of the year in 1983. He served as Past President of Insurance Workers International for 10 years and was a member of the Lehigh Valley Underwriters Association. In retirement, Joe worked as a funeral assistant for Connell Funeral Home.

He was a parishioner of Ss. Simon and Jude Catholic Church where he volunteered as head usher and member of the cleaning crew for many years.

Joe enjoyed throwing darts in the Bethlehem City League and held numerous records.

He will be dearly missed by his daughter, JoAnn Bolden and husband, Jeff; son, Joseph R. Sarisky, Jr. and wife, Mary; granddaughter, Alexa, as well as his extended family and friends. Joe was predeceased by his daughter, Jolene Davey.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, October 25, 2023, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and again on Thursday, October 26, 2023, from 10:30-11:30 a.m., immediately followed by a funeral service, all at Connell Funeral Home, 245 E. Broad St. Bethlehem, PA 18018. Burial will follow at Holy Saviour Cemetery.

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