In Loving Memory of Joseph W. "Pop" Mecca

Joseph W.

Joseph W. "Pop" Mecca

Dunmore, PA October 12, 1939 ~ July 17, 2017 Date of Service: July 20, 2017

Joseph W. "Pop" Mecca, 77, of Dunmore, died early Monday at Hospice of the Sacred Heart Inpatient Unit, Dunmore. He and his wife, the former Barbara Petrochko, celebrated 24 years of marriage on Dec. 10.

Born in Dunmore, son of the late William J. and Anna Klem Mecca, he was a graduate of Dunmore High School class of 1957, and went on to serve in the Navy. In May of 1962, Joseph worked for Associate Transport and joined the Teamsters Local 229 of Scranton, where he was a member for 34½ years. For the first 13 years he was a driver, but on Jan. 11, 1972, he became vice president of the union until Dec. 31, 1975. Following this, on Jan. 1, 1976, Joseph became a business agent, and served in this position until Dec. 30, 1990, immediately becoming secretary-treasurer and principal officer on Jan. 1, 1991, until his retirement on Oct. 11, 1996. Additionally, as an avid hunter and fisherman, he was president of the Elmhurst Sportsman's Club. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

Also surviving are his daughters, Anna Mecca-Finnerty, Scranton; Kimberly Mecca, Dunmore; and Terri Forlenza and fiancé, Michael Pendolphi, Shavertown; his son, Neal A. Forlenza and wife, Hillary, Kingston Twp.; grandchildren, Michael Mecca and wife, Rebecca, Taylor; Eric Mecca and wife, Samantha, Peckville; Jason Mecca and fiancée, Keely Judd, Dunmore; Anthony J. Lenkaitis, Shavertown; Neal S. Forlenza, Kingston Twp.; and Madyson Pendolphi, Shavertown; great-grandchildren, Madelynn, Aaron, Oliver, Miles and Spencer Mecca; his sister, Patricia A. Valenzo and husband, William R., Lancaster; as well as nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be Thursday from the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home Inc., 318 E. Drinker St., Dunmore, with Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church, Chestnut Street, Dunmore. Interment to follow in Dunmore Cemetery.

Friends may call Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly asks that memorial contributions be made to Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 100 William St., Dunmore, 18510.

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Posts: 4
Reply #4 on : Mon October 02, 2017, 19:09:21
Bought a home in NC to be near daughter and Grandchildren. Will miss him. Was ready to send Birthday card. He was one of the best people I have ever met. Sorry was late telling him about my move.
Will never forget the ice fishing time and regular fishing times together. Prayers also with you Barb.
Frank Tielle
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Re: In Loving Memory of Joseph W. "Pop" Mecca
Reply #3 on : Wed July 19, 2017, 18:40:47
Dear Patty,
My deep condolence to you over the loss of your brother Joe. I remember him from his days as a Business Agent when I worked at Topps, saw and chatted with him quite frequently. He was always a gentleman. Well respected and very much liked by both union and company members. He was a great guy who never forgot his roots as a Dunmorean.
Best to you and your family over the loss.
Richard Hennigan
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With sympathy and regret
Reply #2 on : Wed July 19, 2017, 15:38:31
To the entire Mecca and extended families, I offer my deepest condolences for the loss of "Pop". He will be remembered by countless people whose lives were touched by him.

For Michael, Jason, Eric, Rebecca, Keely and Samantha.. may your hearts heal with the passing of time. Always remember the lessons taught, good times had and presence of accomplishment held by your Grandfather. You've all made him proud.

I'm very sorry I could not make the trip home to support all of you.
Wendy & Rick Braz
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Re: In Loving Memory of Joseph W. "Pop" Mecca
Reply #1 on : Tue July 18, 2017, 19:17:31
Dear Barb & Family, Our love and condolences to all the family. Joe was a great friend and Rick enjoyed many good times with him.