Bethlehem Press

Monday, June 24, 2019

Article By: The Press

Monday, January 7, 2019 by The Press in Obituaries

Joseph Adam Klocek, born in Shenandoah

Joseph Adam Klocek, 80, of Allentown, died Jan.1, 2019, at Holy Family Manor, Bethlehem. Born in Shenandoah, he was a son of the late Joseph and Stella (Zalewski) Klocek. He was the husband of Arlene V. (Dereskiewicz) Klocek for 57 years.

He was a 1956 graduate of J.W. Cooper High School. He earned an associate degree from Thaddeus Stephens College of Technology (formerly Stephens Trade School), Lancaster.

He was a member and a president of Local 23 Heat & Frost Insulators. He was instrumental in establishing the Joint Apprenticeship Training Program, as well as the first person certified in the state of Pennsylvania for asbestos abatement.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Angela (Michael) Peters of Greensboro, N.C., Marcia (Christopher) Tallarico of Bethlehem and Susan (Melvin) Smith of Fort Valley, Ga.; brothers Stanley and Lawrence; sisters Mary Ann and Rose Ann; 9 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by a newborn son, Kenneth J.

Arrangements were made by Oravitz Home for Funerals, Shenandoah.