Joseph E. "Joe" Stevens, 78, Patton, passed away Friday at his home. He was born in Spangler, son of John R. and Margaret R. (Fees) Stevens.
Surviving are his wife, Greta M. (Burkey) Stevens, whom he married on April 23, 1955; four children: the Rev. Joseph E. (Linda) Stevens, Hagerstown, Md., Jeffrey R. (Laraine) Stevens, Florence, S.C., Sally (Donald) Kirk, Patton, and Suzanne (Donald) Fike, Hilliard, Ohio; 12 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two sisters: Judy C. (Richard) Buck, Rochester, N.Y. and Jayne (Daniel) Cahill, Providence, R.I.; numerous nieces and nephews; and special aunt, Elizabeth "Betty" Stevens, Carrolltown.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Janet S. Higgins, brother-in-law, Paul Higgins and nephew, John S. Higgins.
He was a member of Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Patton. Joe was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He was a graduate of Patton High School and then attended the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. He was owner and employee of the Stevens Funeral Home Inc., Patton and Carrolltown, for over 50 years. He was a life member of Carrolltown Business Men's Club, Patton Volunteer Fire Company, Walter McCoy American Legion Post 614, John White V.F.W. Post 779 and F.O.E. Aerie #1244.
He enjoyed travel to and from his home on the west coast of Florida for 14 years. While in Florida, he enjoyed working as a greeter for Wal-Mart for four years. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and, in 2004, he and Greta returned from Florida to Patton and went back into their love of the funeral business, which his grandfather started in 1897.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011, at Stevens Funeral Home Inc., 1004 N. Fifth Ave., Patton, where a vigil for the deceased will be held. The Patton Volunteer Fire Company. will conduct a service at 7 p.m. Tuesday. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan 12, 2011, at Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Patton, by Benedictine Fathers.
Committal will be at St. Mary's Cemetery, Patton. Full military rites will be accorded by American Legion Post 614 and John White V.F.W. Post 779.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Patton, or Home Nursing Agency Hospice, P.O. Box 352, Altoona, PA 16603-0352. (www.stevensfh.com).