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Joseph "Joe" Royal LeBlanc

October 4, 1931 October 9, 2020
Joseph "Joe" Royal LeBlanc
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Joseph “Joe” Royal LeBlanc, 89, of Pine Grove, formerly of Peach Mountain, Pottsville, passed away October 9, 2020, following a brief illness.

Born October 4, 1931 in St. Edouard de Kent, New Brunswick, Canada, he was the eldest of thirteen children to Suzanne (Caissie) and Alderic LeBlanc. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a sister Rachel and brother Bernard.

Raised in Canada, Joe emigrated to the US at 16 and resided in Gardner, Massachusetts until enlisting in the US Army in 1949. Joe was a proud veteran, serving just short of 21 years. While serving his country, he was stationed throughout the US and Denmark, including 2 tours during the Korean War and 1 during the Vietnam War.

Joseph married Mary Jane Minchoff of Pottsville on October 29, 1960. They celebrated 55 years together before Mary’s death in 2016. They had four children, Marguerite LeBlanc, Bernice LeBlanc, Suzanne (Ed) Rayfield and Marcel (Melissa) LeBlanc. In addition, Joseph is survived by 11 grandchildren: Devan, Corey and Kurtis Yesavage; Samantha, Miranda and Melinda Gibble; Abigail and Matthew Johnson; Mallory, Marcel and Maelynn LeBlanc; 4 great grandchildren: Kyrah Joy and Charlotte, Hadley and Colton Yesavage; 8 sisters: Marie, Estelle, Bernadette, Carmella, Juliette, Aline, Raymonde and Denise; and brothers: Father Leopold and Gerard, all of Canada.

Following his military service, Joe began a 24 year career with the US Dept of Agriculture, traveling to many agricultural facilities throughout PA as an inspector.

Joe was a true do-it-yourselfer and loved carpentry, tinkering with anything mechanical, gardening, baking, the outdoors and anything related to the sea. In his spare time Joe enjoyed traveling (especially to Massachusetts and New Brunswick), and taking care of his many gardens, fruit trees, blueberry bushes and grape vines; many family and friends will remember him for his fruit/vegetable gifts that he was always happy to share.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, October 14th, at 11:00 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Church, 913 Mahantongo St., Pottsville, with Rev. David J. Loeper officiating. A viewing will be held on Tuesday evening 6:00 -8:00 p.m. and on Wednesday morning from 9:30 a.m. until the procession will leave for church at Lord-Bixler Funeral Home, Inc., 1818 Mahantongo St., Pottsville.

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