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Joseph W. Rehnert

November 8, 1940 November 1, 2019
Joseph W. Rehnert
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Joseph W. Rehnert, 78, of Pottsville, passed away unexpectedly on Friday evening at his residence.

Born in Pottsville on November 8, 1940, he was a son of the late William G. and Edith L. (Long) Rehnert.

He attended Nativity BVM High School until his Sophomore year, where he then attended St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Philadelphia, and earned a Bachelors degree in Philosophy.

Joseph was a member of St. John the Baptist Church, Pottsville, where he was very involved in church activities. He served as a Eucharistic Minister and was President of the CYO Board.

He was a social worker for the State of Pennsylvania for over 30 years, retiring in 2002.

His father had worked for the railroad and through this, Joseph developed a love of trains and collected many over the years. He was a member of the Reading Company Technical and Historical Society.

Joseph was very active in the Pottsville community, where he was a Nativity sports enthusiast. He coached and kept score for volleyball and softball. He also taught evening computer classes for adults.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Jean.

Joseph is survived by his wife, Carol A. (Lipsky) Rehnert, to whom he was married 36 years; two daughters, Tina M., wife of Michael DeAlessio, of Williamsport, PA and Michelle C. Rehnert, wife of Gil A. Tabasa, of Nashville, TN; grandchildren: Leona and Owen DeAlessio and Charley and Blaise Tabasa; and his faithful companion, Toby.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Friday at 11:00 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Church, 913 Mahantongo St., Pottsville, with Father David J. Loeper officiating. A visitation with the family will be held from 10 a.m. until time of service in the church.

Interment will follow in St. John #2 Cemetery, Pottsville.

The family request contributions in Joseph's memory be sent to St. John the Baptist Church Memorial Fund, 913 Mahantongo St., Pottsville, PA 17901 or Reading Railroad Heritage Museum, 500 South Third St., Hamburg, PA 19526.

Lord-Bixler Funeral Home, Inc. is in charge of arrangements.

Online condolences may be expressed at Lord-Bixler Funeral Home | Pottsville, PA


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