Joseph Ely

Born: Mon., Aug. 12, 1929
Died: Mon., Apr. 8, 2019


2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Thu., Apr. 11, 2019
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Thu., Apr. 11, 2019
Location: Peterson-Blick Funeral Home, Inc.

Funeral Service

10:00 AM Fri., Apr. 12, 2019
Location: Trinity Memorial Episcopal Church

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Joseph Gene Ely, 89, of Clarendon, PA passed away unexpectedly on Monday, April 8, 2019. Joe was born August 12, 1929 in Sugar Run, PA to the late Lyle and Theresa Lorenzini Ely. He married Janet Quiggle on July 14, 1956 at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Kinzua, PA. Janet was his best friend and the love of his life. He attended Kinzua and Klondike grade schools. He was a graduate of Bradford High School. He was raised on a farm in Sugar Run and worked for Dunn Brothers until entering the Army. Joe was formerly employed at Sylvania and GTE for 37 years. Joe served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict. He was a staff sergeant in the Military Police in Germany from 1951-1954. He received an Army of Occupation medal, a National Defense Service medal, and a Good Conduct medal. Joe loved the outdoors. He was an avid hunter and bird watcher. He spent many hours studying and enjoying the birds. He was a Scoutmaster in Kinzua and Clarendon. He coached Little League Baseball for both his sons. His Italian heritage brought out the cook in him and he loved trying new dishes. Joe's family was the most important thing in his life. His family was his life and spending time with them was his favorite activity. His grandkids were the light of his life. If any of his kids or grandkids had a game or event, he was there. If you needed a babysitter or helping hand, he was your man. He never missed anything and wouldn't have wanted to. He was the best Dad, Papa and PopPop anyone could ask for. He was the kindest, most gentle loving soul. Joe is survived by his wife, Janet, of Clarendon; his 3 children, Joe and wife Carol of Clarendon, Jerry and wife Denise of Warren and Jill and husband Jeff of Warren; 5 grandchildren Jaimie Ely, Julianna Ely, Rachel Lasecki, Curtis Lasecki and Colin Ely; 1 brother Dean Ely and wife Gloria; a sister-in law Rose Barney; and a brother in law, Murry Quiggle. Also, many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Larry and William Ely, 2 sisters in-law, Mary Ely and Sharon Quiggle, father and mother in-law Gifford and Maude Quiggle, two nephews, Ed Barney and Mitch Hollick. Friends will be received from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm on Thursday, April 11, 2019, at the Peterson-Blick Funeral Home, 1003 Penna. Ave. E. Warren, PA 16365. A funeral service will take place on Friday, April 12, 2019, at 10 am at the Trinity Memorial Episcopal Church, 444 Pennsylvania Ave W, Warren, PA 16365, with The Rev. Matthew Scott, pastor, officiating. The family has requested memorial donations be made to Cancer Center, 105 Lee St, Warren, PA 16365, or in memory of “Edward Barney” the ALS Foundation, 1275 K Street NW - Suite 250 - Washington, DC 20005.

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Julie Anderson
   Posted Wed April 10, 2019
My heart is broken today. I will miss Gene so much. He was a gentle man with a passion for birds. I loved sitting and just listening to his stories especially about Kinzua. I will miss him.

Craig & Cathy Steinkamp
   Posted Wed April 10, 2019
It was with a great deal of regret that we learned of the passing of our great friend Joe "Gene" Ely. Joe was a special man that NEVER said a harsh word about anyone,and was always there for family and friends,always a kind word when you saw him. One thing I admired most was how he cherished his entire family,especially the love of his life,his wife,Janet. Never have I seen an entire family closer than Joe and his entire family. Joe ,Janet and I spoke many times of Kinzua happenings,and was always willing to talk about the good ole days of his home,The Ely farm,in Sugar Run,and the love of Mom,Dad,brother Larry,Bill,and Dean.Joe will remain in our hearts& minds forever. We loved Joe. Rest in Peace my friend.

Eileen Crouse Daniels
   Posted Wed April 10, 2019
My memories go back many decades with life up Sugar Run Road. I knew 'Gene' in the context of his visiting my brother from time to time and also riding on the same school bus to Klondike. We shared the same love for our valley and Kinzua. I feel a great loss and I send my condolences to you and the extended family. May you find comfort in knowing that others share in your sorrow. Sincerely, Eileen

Willism Grove
   Posted Wed April 10, 2019
My prayers and thoughts are with the Ely family at this time - Joe will be missed by all - God has gained a gentle giant -- Worked many yrs. with Joe at Sylvania, one of the nicest men that I have ever met! RIP my friend and we will meet once again, but in a much better place!

Roxie and Tom Fadale
   Posted Thu April 11, 2019
Our deepest sympathy Janet, Gene was a wonderful man. We will miss see8ng both of you out and about..condolences to Joe, Jerry and Jill.

   Posted Fri April 12, 2019
My deepest sympathy for your loss. May Jehovah, the God of all comfort, strengthen and comfort you with His promise to swallow up death forever, wiping the tears from our faces. (Isa. 25:8; 2Cor. 1:3) Peace to you during this difficult time.

Steve West
   Posted Sat April 13, 2019
I was very sorry to hear about Mr. Ely's death. Mr. Ely and his family were great neighbors of my family back in Clarendon Heights. I'll always remember Joe having a warm smile and friendly greeting. Please accept both my sympathy and my condolences during your time of grieving.

Tom and Sue Curtin
   Posted Sat April 13, 2019
Joe Ely was one of the sweetest and kindest people I have every known. He always had time to talk when he saw you and just spent a few wonderful minutes doing so at the Fish Fry at St. Paul Center. He updated me on the children and told me if he lived to August 12th he would be 90 years old. A quick passing is a gift for everyone but those you leave behind. God didn't allow for him to suffer, connected to a dozen tubes, in the hospital.

He will be missed by all who knew him. God Bless your family.

Much love, Tom and Sue Curtin

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