ENOLA — Joseph “Joe” F. Whitaker III, 78, of Enola, passed peacefully on to heaven, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, and ended his battle with pancreatic cancer.

He was born Jan. 12, 1940, in Shamokin, a son of the late Joseph F. Whitaker, Jr. and Sarah Mary Whitaker.

Joseph graduated from St. Edwards High School as part of the class of 1957, and served in the U. S. Army from 1959 to 1964.

He married the love of his life, Sandra “Sandi” (Rumberger) Whitaker, on April 11, 1964, who survives.

He retired from the U.S. Postal Service after working as a letter carrier for 37 years.

Joe belonged to the NALC Branch 500 Postal Union, Knights of Columbus 4th Degree, Shamokin, Knights of Columbus 3rd Degree Our Lady of Lourdes, Enola American Legion Post 751, a lifetime member of the Enola Sportsman’s Club and Independence Fire Co., Shamokin, and Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Enola.

Joe lived a life of unwavering Catholic faith.

Joe was a loving husband, and dedicated father, grandfather, and great grandfather. Over the years, he enjoyed boating and camping at Raystown Lake, watching the Philadelphia Eagles, dirt track racing, NASCAR, and was a meticulous caretaker of his property and vehicles. He also loved to cook breakfast for his family and make people laugh.

In addition to his wife of almost 55 years, he is survived by three children; Kelly McCarty and her husband, Michael, of Enola, Mark Whitaker and his wife, Daphne, of Middletown, and Karen Garlinger and her husband, Dean, of Camp Hill; nine grandchildren, Karli Hatten (Todd), Jeremy Whitaker (Kristen), Kody Ness (Kayla), Kory Ness (Heather), Kelsi Weigle (Jeromy), Lindsay Whitaker, Ashley Whitaker, Tanner Garlinger and Gavin Garlinger; nine great-grandchildren, Dustin, Ethan, Kameryn, Theodore, Justin, Jackson, Palmer, Geno and Kensington; two sisters, MaryAnn Bianchini and Sally Rocuskie (James); and seven nieces and nephews.

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WHITAKER — Joseph “Joe” F. Whitaker. 78, of Enola. All are welcome to join Joseph’s family for visitation from 10:30 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 225 Salt Road, Enola. A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at Noon. Joseph’s family has entrusted his care to Sullivan’s Funeral Home, Enola.

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