Joseph P. Sotak, 98, of Niles died Wednesday August 5, 2020 at Shepherd of The Valley Howland.
He was born June 19, 1922 in Masontown, Pennsylvania the son of John and Mary Thomas Sotak.
He was employed at Mullins Manufacturing, a delivery driver for Coca-Cola, and a groundskeeper at Oakwood Cemetery retiring in 1960. He was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Niles, church usher and festival volunteer. He was also a member of The Niles Knights of Columbus Council 1861, enjoyed bowling, and an avid Notre Dame fan.
Joseph was a United States Army veteran of World War II having received two Bronze Stars while serving in Europe from 1942 to 1945.
He will be deeply missed by his wife Mary “Sis” Basciano Sotak whom he married April 19, 1952, a son Joseph Sotak and his wife Janet of Niles, a daughter Janet Sotak of Niles, a sister Mary Kistler of Las Vegas, Nevada, three grandchildren ,Scott Sotak(Darla), caregiver Tricia St. Clair( Brian), and Aaron Sotak, nine great grandchildren and eleven great-great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, George Sotak, Andy Sotak, and John Sotak, three sisters, Margaret Sotak, Ann Kovalik, and Helen Fergerson, and a great-great grandson Oliver Saunders.
Friends may call Monday from 9:30 AM to 10:30AM at The Joseph Rossi and Sons Funeral Home in Niles. Due to the current health situation, social distancing measures are expected to be observed and friends coming to pay respects to the family are kindly asked to promptly depart the funeral home after doing so. Facial coverings are mandatory please.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11AM Monday at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Niles where social distancing and facials coverings are mandatory.
Burial will be in Niles City Cemetery where Joe will be honored for his military services.
Material contributions can be made to the Project 20/20 Campaign at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, 481 Robbins Ave, Niles, Ohio 44446.
Arrangements entrusted to The Joseph Rossi and Sons Funeral Home in Niles.
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