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Joseph “Joe” Potochney

May 2, 1923 - July 22, 2019

          Joseph “Joe” Potochney, Dad, Pop Pop, Uncle Joe, Advisor, Counselor and Friend, age 96, of Newark, DE, left us on Monday, July 22, 2019, surrounded by his loving family, sharing stories and jokes until his last breath. 

          Born in Freeland, PA on May 2, 1923, he was a son of the late Michael and Helen (Sugar) Potochney. Joe was a proud WWII veteran, serving in the U.S. Army. He worked for Chrysler as an assembly worker for 37 years, retiring in 1987.

          Joe was a devoted, loving father whose mission was to raise his 5 children and remain close to them. He followed his children and grandchildren on Facebook and always had a camera in hand at soccer, baseball and basketball games. He loved the outdoors and shared his knowledge of camping, fishing and boating with his wife and children. Joe served as past President of the Holy Family Leisure group and could be found every week as an usher at the 10 am Sunday Mass. In his later years, he enjoyed traveling by planes, trains and cruise ships. Joe remained active in the 1183 Auto Workers Union and spent most mornings at the UAW gym. He was also a member of American Legion Post #10.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 67 years Dolores Marie Potochney. He is survived by 5 children: Joseph, wife Elizabeth, Newark, DE: Dolores, husband Patrick, Wesley Chapel, FL; Robert, wife Natalie, Thononatossa, FL; Michael, wife Paula, Newark, DE; Steven, wife Kim, Norwalk, CT. Joe leaves behind 11 grandchildren and 16 great grand children who brought him great joy and happiness over many years.

          A visitation for family and friends will be held from 9 am until 10 am on Saturday, July 27, 2019, at Holy Family R.C. Church, 15 Gender Rd, Newark, DE 19713, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 am. Interment will be held privately in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery.           In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Joe’s memory to Holy Family R.C. Church at the address listed above.

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  • Mike and Paula, Rebecca and Michael,
    Please receive our deepest condolences on the loss of your father, father-in-law and grandfather. May your loving memories sustain you through this period of great sadness and pain.

    Sid and Daniele

  • Joe,
    My condolences to you and your family on the passing of your father. May he Rest In Peace.

  • I was so very sorry to read about the passing of your beloved Dad. He and your mother always welcomed everyone into their home, even the noisy members of CCT (Community of Christian Teens). I am living in Rehoboth and will sadly not be able to join you on Saturday. But I will keep all of you in prayer.

  • Joe presents will be missed in the gym . He was a very compassionate, fun and loving person .He will be missed .Prayers are with you and the family.
    Sadly Submitted ,

  • Sorry for your loss. Hold tight to memories for comfort, lean on your friends and family for strength, and always remember how much you are loved 💕.
    With deepest sympathy.

  • Sorry for your loss now everyone is together again in heaven.

  • Our deepest sympathies. Uncle Joe was a wonderful person. We will always have very fond memories of him. Love to all of the family during these difficult times. Praying for all of you! ❤️🙏🏻

  • Our deepest condolences to the entire Potochney family. Losing your father/grandfather/great-grandfather is very sad but know he is in a better place with his beloved wife and our Lord.
    We will keep you in our prayers at this difficult time.

  • Pappa Joe was a wonderfully optimistic with a great sense of humor. He had a great vitality about him and appreciation for family.
    Condolences to the family. He is in great hands.

  • My heartfelt condolences. PopPop was a kind and wise man, with a great sense of humor. He was very involved with and supportive of his family. I am very happy to have had the chance to know him. He will truly be missed! Jeanne and Brett Isenegger

  • Deepest condolences to the Potochney family on the passing of Joe… He always had a smile on his face and was a very loving and pleasant man. He loved his family, especially his grandchildren. He will be sorely missed. I will keep Joe in my prayers. May he rest in peace.

  • My deepest condolence to the Potochney family on the loss of your father, pop-pop and friend. I have fond memories of him from my childhood and as his neighbor. May he rest in peace. I regret with great sadness I will be unable to attend his funeral due to personal business out of state but I will keep all of you in my prayers in the days ahead. God Bless.

  • We are so very sorry for your loss. It was with a heavy heart when we found out suddenly that our dear neighbor and family friend had departed this life only to rejoice that he is now with Dolores and the heavenly Father. May God watch over all of you and grant him and his family peace. Hugs and Love to all.

  • So sorry for your loss. Prayers from the Savona family.

  • So sorry for your loss. I have such fond memories of your parents. Sincerely, Suzanne Geibler Richardson