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Joseph D. Tomtishen, 62, of Ringtown, Pa passed away at his home on Sunday, September 1st surrounded by his loving family. Joe was born on December 27th, 1956 in Shamokin, Pa to the late Joseph P. Tomtishen and his surviving mother, Dolores “Osinski” Tomtishen.
Joe worked for 39 years at Wenco / Jeld-Wen in Ringtown until his retirement in May of 2017. While there, he served as General Manager and Vice President. Outside of his work, Joe was very involved in his community. He was an active member of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Ringtown. He was a member of the church choir, a committee member of the annual block party, where he was famous for his “Hot Wings” , he served many years on the finance committee for St. Mary’s, and was a charter member of the Knights of Columbus, Council 16072. Joe also served as past President of the Arrowhead Rod & Gun Club, treasurer of the Ringtown Recreation Committee, past President of the Ringtown Valley Sporting Club, and was a life member of the Polish American Fire Company in Shenandoah. He was a coach for many years for the Ringtown Little League and Ringtown Teener League. Joe loved the outdoors, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, and golfing. Sports were a big part of his life having been an avid fan of the Eagles, Phillies, Penn State, but most of all, was a proud fan of the North Schuylkill Spartan football program. In his younger days, Joe found joy in playing the accordion and still loved listening to the Polkas!
Surviving are his wife of 39 years, Louise Tomtishen, 2 sons, Joseph Tomtishen with his wife Megan – Ringtown, and Daniel Tomtishen – Ringtown. 1 daughter, Anne Savka with her husband Ryan – Drums, 1 sister, Susan Polchin with her husband Emil – Mt. Carmel, 2 nephews, Stephen Polchin – Mt. Carmel and Christopher Polchin – Exton, and 1 granddaughter, Gretchen, who he adored and loved to babysit.
A visitation for family and friends will be held on Wednesday, September 4th from 4 to 8pm at St. Mary’s Church, 82 N. Center St, Ringtown, Pa, and again on Thursday morning from 9 to 11am. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Mary’s will be celebrated on Thursday morning at 11am by Fr. Dominic Pham. Burial will follow mass in St. Mary’s Parish Cemetery, Ringtown. A Rosary Service during the visitation will be held on Wednesday evening at 7:30pm led by the Knights of Columbus Council 16072.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Joe’s memory may be made to St. Mary’s Church, 84 N. Center St, Ringtown, Pa 17967, or to the Ringtown Recreation Committee. Both will be offered at the visitation.
The Oravitz Home for Funerals Inc, 40 N. Jardin St, Shenandoah have been entrusted with the arrangements.