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Joseph R. Lewis

  • On June 10, 2019

Joseph R. Lewis, age 91 of Canonsburg, PA formerly of “The Hill” passed away surrounded by his beloved family at his home on Saturday, June 8, 2019. Born on September 27, 1927, he was the son of the late Helen and John Lewis. Beloved husband to Maryann “Mar, Boo” Jasek Lewis for 39 years. Loving father to Deborah (Mike) Rothhaar, Joseph (Jamie) Lewis, Jr., Laura (Skye) Dedi, Shelby (Pren) Kqira, Loreace (Rich) Bodnar, David (Cyndi) Lewis and Julie (George) Mancini. Cherished grandfather to 17 grandchildren. Dear great-grandfather to 3 great grandchildren. Loving brother to Helen Fabio. He was also blessed with many nieces and nephews. Joseph was preceded in death by his brothers and sister, Edward, John, Alice, Richard and Philip Lewis and his first wife of 23 years, Loreace Shahady Lewis.

At a young age, Joe started selling newspapers at the Koppers Building in downtown Pittsburgh.  He proudly served his country as a Marine during WWII.   In 1952, he graduated Duquesne University becoming the only member of his family to graduate from college.  After 35 years serving at US Steel as a Chief Inspector, he then consulted in the steel industry around the world.

Joe was a multi-sport enthusiast with a passion for golf.   He valued education and took every opportunity to mentor others to meet their maximum potential.  In his reflective years he was most proud of his upbringing, his service to his country as a Marine, and relationships with his family and friends.

Family and friends are welcome on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 from 2 PM – 4 PM and 6 PM – 8 PM at Pittsburgh Cremation and Funeral Care, 3287 Washington Road, McMurray, PA 15317, (724) 260-5546. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on  Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at 12 PM at St. Louise de Marillac Church, 320 McMurray Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15241. EVERYONE PLEASE MEET AT THE CHURCH. Burial will follow at National Cemetery of the Alleghenies with full military honors.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Duquesne University, Business Alumni Scholarhsip in memory of Joseph R. Lewis, 600 Forbes Avenue, 406 Adminstration Building, Pittsburgh, PA 15282.

Please view and sign the family’s online guestbook at pittsburghcremation.com.


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Barbara Lewis
  • Jun 10 2019
You will be deeply missed Uncle Joe by all of us! Our thoughts and prayers are with our entire Lewis family! May you Rest In Peace Akins with Daddy & your family in heaven! We love you! Cousin Barbara & Aunt Gloria
Johnny,Janine,Logan & Lane Christian
  • Jun 10 2019
We are so sorry for your loss. Praying that you feel a peace beyond all understanding that only He can give. John 14:1-6
R Frederick Church
  • Jun 10 2019
Condolences, Debbie and Michael.
Frank fabio
  • Jun 10 2019
Dear Maryann and family, My deepest condolences Uncle Joe was a great man and a huge influence on me almost more than my own dad. Especially his sense of humor. Barbara says my golf swing looks like uncle joe probably because he taught me the basics of golf and gave me golf my way by Ben Hogan. Love to all of you, Frankie Forbes was his name for me
Bette Coley
  • Jun 10 2019
Joe and family, I was saddened to hear of your loss. May all of the good memories you have of your Dad, help you get through this sad time. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.
Jeanni chance
  • Jun 10 2019
My deepest sympathy to Maryann and all of the family May God Give you much comfort through this difficult time Love cousin Jeanni
Kristin, Dean and Bennett
  • Jun 11 2019
So sorry for your loss, I’m so glad I got to see Joe at Target last month and I will always remember him saying “ Tell Dean I still have my real teeth! What an amazing man and we will Miss him terribly but he is safe in heaven enjoying life in no pain! Love you Joe! Always loved him saying to Bennett, how is my little buddy! 😊
William Shollito
  • Jun 11 2019
Dear Maryann and family, My heart aches for the loss of Joe, a truly great man. Joe was a mentor to me for many years and was a driving force for my success. Next to my father, Joe was the man who I respected most in my life. I will miss him dearly. When we return from Germany I will donate to the Duquesne scholarship in his loving memory. With love, Bill and Nadine Shollito
Karen & Dave Johannes
  • Jun 11 2019
Sending thoughts and prayers to the entire Lewis family and especially to Loreace, Rich & Jonathan! So glad I was able to meet your father and I fondly remember his sense of humor! Love to all, Karen & Dave Johannes
  • Jun 11 2019
Your father was a great man. I'm so sorry for everyone's loss. Marco Tralongo
Rich Parks
  • Jun 11 2019
Dave & Cyndi. Sorry for you and the families loss. Never met your father but he sounded like a really great guy who lived a full life.
Kay Thomas
  • Jun 11 2019
Sincere sympathy to the family of Joseph Lewis from Kay (widow of Charles) Thomas and family. You are all in our prayers and thoughts at ‘this sorrowful time!
Laurie De Di
  • Jun 11 2019
Dear Laura and family. I had the pleasure of meeting your father only a Handful of times since you and Skye married since we all live so far away. It was on those special occasions like your wedding and when Skye graduated with his masters we were able to be together as a large extended family. He will for sure be missed by all who knew and loved him! My heart and prayers go to you and the family. May he Rest In Peace. Love. Laurie De DI
Scott & Cathy DeDi
  • Jun 11 2019
Thoughts and prayers Lewis family. So sorry for your loss. Godspeed...Scott & Cathy DeDi
Therese Macru Kovac
  • Jun 12 2019
My deepest sympathy. My thoughts and prayers are with you. RIP
Carolyn Connors Pilewski
  • Jun 12 2019
Debbie, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. Holding you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. I've made a donation to the Duquesne University Alumni /Business School Scholarship fund in memoriam of Joseph R. Lewis.
Keith & Mechelle Alexander
  • Jun 15 2019
Dear Joe, Jamie and family, Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. We send special prayers for God's comfort during this Father's Day weekend! God bless you all....Keith & Mechelle Alexander.
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