Joseph E. Rinaldi, 85, a longtime resident of the Greenwood section of Moosic, died Saturday morning. He and his wife, the former Ann Marie Morrison, celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary on October 17th.
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He was born and reared in Dunmore, the son of the late Angelo and Rose Marie Nicastro Rinaldi. He was a graduate of Saint Paul High School and a member of the Divine Mercy Parish.
Joseph was employed by Spotless Cleaners for 20 years starting out in route sales and later heading up the Adjust - a - Drape Department for the remainder of his term. While there, he moonlighted installing fireplaces, did plumbing and electrical work, he was a carpenter extraordinaire and well known for his meticulous work.
He also worked at U Haul in the Mobile Repair Unit and then went on to manage the repair shops in both Dunmore and later Wilkes Barre. He ended his career at U Haul being promoted to Vice President of U Haul Northeast Region and retired a short time later.
In addition to his wife he is survived by a daughter, Rose Marie Patrick, Dupont; two sons, Mark A. Rinaldi, Dunmore, Joseph D. Rinaldi, Carbondale; several grandchildren and great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by two daughters, Michelle Ann Hodak and Mary Elizabeth Cole; a grandson Matthew Christopher Rinaldi; three brothers, Vincenzo (Jim) Rinaldi, Dominick Rinaldi, Vito William Rinaldi; four sisters, Mary LaMagna, Jean Wilnuskiatis, Margaret Rosenella and Lucy Marie Rinaldi; and his nephew Anthony LaMagna (who thought of his Uncle Joe as his brother).
The funeral will be on Thursday at 9:30AM from Miller Bean Funeral Home, Inc. 436 Cedar Avenue, Scranton with Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00AM in Divine Mercy Parish, 312 Davis St, Scranton. Interment will follow in Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst.
Friends may call on Wednesday from 4 to 7 PM in the Funeral Home. Memorial Contributions can be made in his memory to the American Cancer Society, 721 S. Keyser Ave., Taylor, PA 18517. Please visit the funeral home website for information or to send an online condolence.