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Joseph Kuncio

Thursday, July 11, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

1951 Emmaus High School graduate

Joseph Kuncio, 86, died suddenly, June 30, 2019, after a very brief illness. In his last moments he was surrounded with loving company: his sister, Helen, niece, Donna, neighbor, Steven Gerhard and his beloved Lockhart Diaz family, who affectionately called him “grandpop.” He was the son of the late Michael Kuncio and Yustyna Terebecka Kuncio of Paszowa and Zawadka, Galicia, Austria-Hungary.

He was a 1951 graduate of Emmaus High School.

From 1953-1955, he served as a corporal in the United States Army. After special training he was assigned to duty in Germany as a cook.

In 1996 he retired after a long career at Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., Allentown.

He was a gentle, funny, kind and caring soul. He loved all things in nature, especially gleaning local berries, nuts and fruits. He worked grooming horses in his younger days. He was a beekeeper, a winemaker, a gardener and farmer: growing vegetables, herbs and fruits, as well as raising chickens, rabbits, exotic plumed pheasants, peacocks and Japanese Sika deer. He loved baking and his tasty goods were legendary. An avid fan of the Philadelphia Phillies, he relaxed by following the games on TV and radio.

He is survived by his sister, Helen Bauman (Harvey), sister-in-law, Mary Lisi Kuncio (John), plus a large extended family of nieces and nephews, their children and grandchildren and the Lockhart Diaz family: Monica, David, Nicole and Rafael. He was predeceased by infant siblings, Sophia and Michael, brothers John and Stephan, as well as his companion of many years, Arlene Schlicher Malasky. Each generation always loved a trip to “Uncle Joe’s Farm.” Vichnaya Pamyat Memory Eternal.

Arrangements were made by the Mann-Slonaker Funeral Home, East Greenville.