Joseph J. Saner, 67, husband of Barbara (Rega) Saner, passed away on Monday, December 10 at Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse in Philadelphia after a short battle with cancer.

Born in Ashland, he was the adored son of the late Angelo and Evelyn (Matakonis) Saner.
Joe was a three-sport letterman and 1969 graduate of Shenandoah Valley High School and a 1972 graduate from Slippery Rock University where he received his bachelor’s degree in Economics. Joe was an avid golfer and loved taking quarters from his lifelong golfing buddies at each hole as much as he loved the actual game of golf. Joe also loved both Penn State and Philadelphia Eagles football. He firmly believed that Penn State got robbed of the national championship in 1994 when they had the best offense college football has ever seen. One of his major bucket list items was to have the Eagles win one Superbowl before he died. Luckily the Eagles came through on that one for him this year.
Joe was the proud founder and owner of East Coast Metals, Inc in Harleysville for over 40 years. His work ethic was unmatched, yet he still found time to enjoy life away from the company. He was a role model for not only his daughters but also for his nieces, nephews and cousins. Joe lit up a room when he walked in, knew how to throw a fantastic party and had an uncanny knack for being able to throw a zinger at you with such wit and underlying kindness even though he just insulted you, you just laughed and hoped he had more.

Surviving along with his wife are daughters Karla Saner-Amigh, wife of Steven; and Stephanie Browder, wife of Krag; grandchildren Katie and Peter Amigh; and brother-in-law Robert Kershaw. Along with his parents, he is predeceased by his sister JoAnn Kershaw.

A memorial service will be Thursday, December 13, at 11:30 AM at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation, Ltd., 329 N. Lewis Road, Royersford. Visitation will be Thursday from 10-11:15 AM at the funeral home. A luncheon will follow at Copperfield Inn Limerick, PA.

Joe developed a strong interest in the effects of concussions on athletes and requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in his name to The Concussion Legacy Foundation, 361 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02115 or online  at

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