Joseph A. Loncaric, age 90, of Uniontown, Pa. passed away Saturday, April 19, 2008, in
He was born March 6, 1918, the son of Anton Loncaric and Sofia Sabat Loncaric.
"Joe" was a lifelong resident of South Union Township. He was a graduate of South Union
Township High School, class of 1936.
Joe was an alumnus of Saint Vincent College where he attended on a a football scholarship, was
team captain from 1939 to 1941 and earned a Bachelor Degree in Education.
Joe also earned a Graduate Degree in Education from the University of Pittsburgh.
He began his teaching career in 1941 at South Union Township High School where he taught
history and coached football.
Joe enlisted in the United States Navy in 1943 and attained the rank of Lt. Commander. After
proudly serving his country during World War II, Joe entered the Naval Reserves and completed
25 years of military service.
He returned to South Union Township High School and resumed his teaching career, which
spanned 39 years. Joe served as principal at South Laurel Junior High School from 1963 until his
retirement in 1980.
Joe was a member of Saint Mary (Nativity) Roman Catholic Church in Uniontown where he
attended daily Mass until he was unable.
He was also a member of the Naval Reserve Officers, General George C. Marshall AMVETS
Post 103, American Legion Post 51, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 47, NEA,, PSEA, PASR,
Fayette County Retired Teachers, Croation Union and Saint Mary's Golden Age Club.
He was an avid fisherman, hunter, gardener, and cross-word puzzle worker.
He was predeceased by two infant sons, Richard Lee and Joseph A. Jr., his parents and his
brother and sister-in-law, Michael and Margaret Loncaric.
Joe is survived by his wife of almost 67 years, Elizabeth "Betty" Johnson Loncaric; two daughters
and sons-in-law: Carol and Daniel Coldren of Perryopolis, Pa., and Donna and Fred Scango of
Herndon, Va.; and one son and daughter-in-law, Joseph and Darlene Loncaric of Uniontown, Pa.
Joe is also survived by 8 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren
Friends were received in the Kezmarsky Funeral Home, 71 Pennsylvania Ave., Uniontown, Pa.
A Mass of Christian Burial followed at St. Mary Roman Catholic Church with Rev. Father Micah
E. Kozoil as Celebrant. Interment in Saint Mary Roman Catholic Cemetery, Uniontown, Pa.
Miliary Honors accorded at graveside by the American Legion Post 51 and Veterans of Foreign