Joseph A. Croach Jr., 86, of New Castle passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, the evening of Sunday, March 5, 2017, at Magee-Women's Hospital of UPMC.
Born on July 13, 1930, in New Castle, he was a son of the late Joseph and Jennie Angelo Croach.
He was also preceded in death by his previous wife, Jennie Vanassa Croach, who passed away in 1966, and his son, Michael A. Croach, who passed away on April 16, 1988.
Surviving is his beloved wife of 47 years, the former Linda Disman, whom he married on Nov. 9, 1969.
Joseph was a graduate of New Castle High School, Youngstown State University and the University of Taipei in Taiwan.
He served his country as a corporal in the Army from 1951 to 1954 and then briefly worked with the U.S. Secret Service as a Chinese interpreter.
Joseph's greatest passion was education. He spent 33 years as a teacher and coach in both the Lorain City School District and retired from the New Castle Area School District in 1993. He taught Chinese, English and world cultures, as well as coaching track and wrestling at New Castle.
He was a member of St. Vitus Church and its Holy Name Society, and he also belonged to the Fraternal Order of Eagles.
Joseph enjoyed bowling, golfing, road trips, cowboy movies and coffee breaks with friends, but his greatest joy came from spending time with his family.
In addition to his wife, Joseph is survived by his children, Joseph Croach III, James (Joy) Croach, Amy Croach, Bill Croach and Jennifer Croach, all of New Castle; his grandchildren, Bryant, Jacob, and Anthony; sisters, Theresa (Gilbert) Plant and Martha (Ronald) DiNardo, all of New Castle; his brother, Jesse (Pamela) Croach of New Castle; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Joseph is also survived by two stepdaughters, Nancy (David) Book and Cindi (Carl) Riley and their children.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Ed and Don DeCarbo Funeral Home and Crematory, 941 S. Mill St. The New Castle Area Honor Guard will conduct military rites at 9:15 a.m. Thursday at DeCarbo's.
A procession will leave DeCarbo's at 9:30 a.m. Thursday to attend a Mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. at St. Vitus Church, officiated by the Rev. William Siple.
Interment will take place in Parkside Cemetery.
Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.decarbofuneralhome.com.
Published on March 6, 2017