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Joseph E. Prindle, 81, of 212 Alpine St., Ridgway, died Friday, June 10, 2011 at his residence.
He was born Aug. 27, 1929, in Boston, Mass., the son of Walter and Ethel Jenkins Prindle. At age four, following the death of his parents, he was adopted by his motherâ€™s sister, Ruth Bisson and her husband, Ephriam, of Clinton, Mass. He always considered himself truly blessed to have had two sets of loving parents.
In 1962, he married Jeannine Mitchell, who survives.
He was a member of the 1945 Clinton High School Football team that won the Mass. State Football Championship. He always joked that his contribution to this championship was as end of the bench and guard of the water bucket. While at Clinton High, he played four years on the baseball team. He also played on the North End Athletic Club Fast Pitch Softball Team that won the 1947 Mass. State Fast Pitch Softball Championship. In 1950, he graduated from Boston College with a degree in mathematics.
He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving four years in the U.S. Air Force.
In 1959, he graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester with a degree in electrical engineering. He was employed by West Penn Power for 31 years before retiring in 1990. He was a member of St. Leoâ€™s Catholic Church, American Legion, VFW, and the Elks.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Joseph E. Prindle will be celebrated at St. Leoâ€™s Catholic Church on Monday at 10 a.m. Celebrating will be Fr. Brian Vossler, pastor. Interment will be in Thayer Memorial Cemetery.
Friends will be received at the Meehan-Shilk Funeral Home on Sunday evening from 6 to 9 p.m.
A wake service will be held in the funeral home on Sunday evening at 8:45 pm.
Military honors will be accorded by the Ridgway Military Honor Detail.