Joseph R. Mirenda III, age 68, husband of the late Margaret E. (Reese) Mirenda, of Old Swede Rd., Douglassville, Pa., died Thursday at his residence of natural causes.

Born in the Bronx N.Y., he was the son of the late Joseph Mirenda Jr., and Josephine (Fischelli) Mirenda.

He worked for over 25 years, at Venezia Trucking, in Limerick, as a Sr. mechanic.

Joseph was a U.S. Navy Veteran. While in the Navy, Joe played on the All Navy softball team, who played other branches of the service at that time. He also was an avid skier, making a number of trips to Europe over the past number of years. In addition to skiing, he was an avid bicyclist, Kayaker, and outdoorsman.

Surviving are three sons, Joseph Mirenda IV, of Las Vegas Nev., Michael T. Mirenda, of Exeter Twp., and Jamie P. Mirenda, of Birdsboro, Pa., along with two daughters, Joleen Mirenda-Alaniz, of Greensburg, Pa., and Christine A. Strocen, of Birdsboro Pa.  Also surviving is a brother, Robert Mirenda, of Altoona Pa., and 14 grandchildren, and 6 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Wednesday at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 1020 E. Phila. Ave., Gilbertsville, Pa., with Deacon Joseph Paschall, officiating.  Burial will be in Fort Indiantown Gap Nat’l Cemetery, Annville, Pa. Friends may call on Wednesday from 9:30 to 10:30 AM at the funeral home.

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