Joseph Rudick, 78, of South Plainfield, NJ and formerly of Scranton, died on Wednesday at Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center, Plainfield, NJ. His wife is the former Mary Jagodzinski. He was the son of the late Michael and Elizabeth Rudick.
Born in Scranton, he resided in South Plainfield, NJ for the last 53 years. He attended college in Williamsport and then worked for Western Electric, Co. in research and development for 28 years in NJ. At the time of his retirement, in 1984, Western Electric had become a part of AT&T in Murray Hill, NJ.
He was a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army Air Corps, attached to the 427th Bomb Squad, 303rd Bomb Group, as an airplane mechanic. He had participated in the air offensive campaigns in Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland and in Central Europe. He was a life member of the VFW Post 5937 and a member of the American Legion Post 665, both in Dickson City.
He is also survived by one sister, Helen Pallo of Maplewood, NJ and two brothers, George Rudick of Florida and Edward Rudick, formerly of Lake Ariel.
The funeral will be at 8:45AM on Monday, from the Hudak-O’Shea Funeral Home, Inc., 115 Garfield Avenue, Olyphant, with military services by VFW Post 5937 and American Legion Post 665, both of Dickson City. Divine Liturgy will follow at 9:30AM at St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church, Scranton. Fr. Frank Twardzik, pastor, will preside. Interment will follow in the parish cemetery.
Friends may call on Sunday from 6 to 8 PM at the funeral home. Parastas will be held at 7PM.