Joseph R. Paparo Jr., 89, WWII vet, RCA retiree, enjoyed traveling, gardening, and bowling

By on June 15, 2016

Joseph R. “Joe” Paparo Jr., 89, of Ephrata Manor Retirement Community, passed away Wednesday, June 8, 2016, at Lancaster General Hospital.

Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Joseph Sr. and Josephine Spadafore Paparo. Formerly of Lancaster, Joe shared 61 wonderful years of marriage with his wife, Anna LaRosa Paparo.

He proudly served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a tool-and-die maker and machinist for 36 years at RCA in Lancaster. Joe was a member of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Lancaster and the Lancaster VFW. As a result of Joe’s passion for studying maps and planning road trips, he and Anna put thousands of miles on their car traveling all over the country and making frequent trips to the beach, which was his favorite place to visit.

Joe enjoyed gardening and spent many hours each summer growing vegetables of all kinds. An avid bowler, he was in numerous bowling leagues and in recent years had weekly dates at Rocky Springs with his daughter, Deb. He looked forward to hearing about his son’s family in Texas and talking with them on the phone. A loving husband, father and grandfather, he will be greatly missed by his family, who were his pride and joy in life.

Surviving in addition to his wife, Anna, is a son: Anthony, husband of Sharon Paparo, of Wimberly, Texas; a daughter: Deborah Paparo of Lancaster; three grandchildren: Alicia, John, and Elizabeth; and a sister: Maryann Snyder of Millersville.

He is preceded in death by two sisters and three brothers.

Services were held June 13 at Buch-Heisey Funeral Home, Lititz. Interment was in St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery, Lancaster.

Those desiring may send contributions in Joe’s memory to the Ephrata Manor Benevolent Fund, 99 Bethany Road, Ephrata, PA 17522.

To send online condolences to the family, visit Buch-Heisey Funeral Home, Lititz, assisted Joseph’s family with the arrangements.

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