We mourn the loss of our friends, neighbors and relatives who have passed. Our memories of life at the Lake are entertwined with our memories of those who shared their lives with us here.
Formerly of Pine Island, NY Joseph J. Purta, Jr., a lifetime area resident, died from complications of injuries from a tragic accident that happened on 24 November. He passed on Thursday, 3 December 2015 at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, PA. He was 76.
The son of the late Joseph J. and Sophie Jarosz Purta, he was born on 6 June 1939, the first baby born in the new St. Anthony's Hospital in Warwick, NY.
Joe worked as a mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service in Westtown, NY and was a member of the Million Mile Club of Postal Workers.
He married Karen Martini on 15 October 1983 at Stanley's Inn in Pine Island, NY. He touched the hearts of everyone he knew and never had a bad word to say about anyone.
He loved hunting and fishing, and tailored his life to include equal amounts of both. Joe could fix anything, and was always there to lend a hand when needed. He went salmon fishing every year for over 30 years, and enjoyed being a part of the Gobbler's Knob Hunting Club with his good friends.
Proud of his country and polish heritage, he was a member of the PLAV and past president of the Moose Lodge. He played his beloved polkas everywhere, even at hunting camp. Joe was also a past fire chief of the Pine Island Fire Department and a huge NASCAR and Buffalo Bills fan. He was witty and well liked, and he leaves many friends with great memories of good times together.
He is survived by his loving wife, Karen; sons: Joseph J. Purta III and his wife, Noreen of Williamsburg, KY and Thomas W. Martini and his wife, Sandra of Plattsburgh, NY and one daughter, Suzanne Iazzetti and her husband, Ben of Monroe, NY; one sister, Adele Miller of Amity, NY and seven grandchildren: Thomas, Stefanie, Kathleen, Kevin, Rebecca, Joan-Marie and Cora-Ann, and the pride of his life, his great-granddaughter, Lilah. He is also survived by his extended family, many friends, especially his close friends: Gary Bennett, Sr. and Dennis Porter and too many others to mention.
Joe was predeceased by his parents; brother, Teddy, Uncle John Purta; cousin, John "Sargie" Jarosz; brother-in-law, Gene Miller; and nephew, Gene.
Burial was in the family plot in St. Joseph's Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the PLAV at www.plav.org or the Lehigh Valley Regional burns center, Cedar Crest Blvd, 3rd FL Kasych Pavillion, Allentown, PA 18105-1556.