Joseph Michael Pupinak


Joseph M. Pupinak, 54, of Hillsville passed away unexpectedly of natural causes Tuesday morning, Feb. 5, 2019, at his residence.
Joe was born Feb. 5, 1965, in New Castle, to the late Frank and Evalyn (Poliwka) Pupinak.
A lifelong area resident, he was a 1983 graduate of Union High School.
Joseph served in the Army from April 6, 1984, to Sept. 5, 1986, serving most of his time in Germany.
Joe was employed as a mechanic at Fitzgerald's Auto service in Hillsville for 20 years.
He was a member of AMVETS Post 44 in Struthers, Ohio, and was a former member of Mary, Mother of Hope Parish, St. Mary Church in New Castle.
Joe was a gifted handyman with a great knowledge of mechanics. He was always there for everyone and would help anybody. Joe could build a house, plumb it, wire it and then cook dinner.
A faith-driven and giving man, Joe always had a smile on his face and a joke in his pocket. He enjoyed fishing, golfing, music and, most of all, cars.
Surviving is his sister, Frances Lastoria, and his brother-in-law, Kevin of New Castle. He will be sadly missed by Audrey and Alijah.
In addition to his parents, Joe was preceded in death by his fiancee, Tammy Ritenour.
Calling hours will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the J. Bradley McGonigle Funeral Home and Crematory Inc., 111 W. Falls St., New Castle.
A funeral service will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home, conducted by Chaplain Bill Beck of Motor Racing Outreach.
Military rites will be conducted by the New Castle Area Honor Guard, prior to the service.
Online condolences may be offered to the family by visiting
Published on February 7, 2019
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7 posts

Rachelle Booth and Family
Mar 05, 2019
Dearest Frances and Kevin, I am so sorry for the passing and loss of your brother Joseph. He sounds like he was a wonderful man. I know your heart must be broken and that you are missing him terribly. Keep Joseph with you always in your heart and mind by remembering and sharing with others the close and special times you shared with him. May these memories of Joseph bring you comfort. We send our prayers for peace, love, comfort and strength during this most difficult of times.
Feb 14, 2019
So sorry to hear of his passing. I will miss joking with you when you worked on my black Rip joe. I miss your smile And your jovial Ways
Sam & Tammy Heaberlin
Feb 13, 2019
Fran we are so sorry for your loss you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Tammy Dougherty
Feb 11, 2019
As Joe u always had the best smile and helped everyone. RIP MY FRIEND.
Mark cowhew
Feb 10, 2019
We lost one hell of a good person and a awesome mechanic
May he Rest In Peace in heaven
Joe Kennedy
Feb 08, 2019
Goodbye old friend. I have pocket full of nothing but good memories. Always smiling, always giving. Rest in peace old friend.
Ryan brown
Feb 08, 2019
Rest in peace joe and u r so very good man I know and u will be mist a lot and u touch so
Many hearts so good.