Joseph Sprovkin, 71, of Orson, passed away unexpectedly at the Regional Hospital of Scranton on Saturday March 19, 2022. He is survived by his wife, the former Barbara Zakarevicis.
Born in Scranton, he was the son of the late John and Anna Evankevitch Sprovkin. Joe grew up in North Scranton and was proud to say he was from the Hunky Patch. He was a 1968 graduate of Scranton Technical High School. After graduation Joe enlisted in the Army, spending four years in the 101st Airborne stateside and the 82nd Airborne during two tours of duty in Vietnam. After receiving an honorable discharge, he was awarded the Bronze Star with Valor for heroism during combat. Upon arriving back stateside, he worked at Fitchburg Coated Products in Moosic. After marrying his loving wife Barbara Zakarevicis on June 24, 1978, he moved to New Jersey, working until his retirement from KOBO products in South Plainfield, New Jersey. He spent many happy days fishing, golfing, swimming, and having a beer on his deck at his cottage on Lake Lorain. Joe and Barbara moved to Orson permanently after their retirements. Joe was involved with his community and as a member at Saint Juliana’s Church in Rock Lake. He always had a smile on his face and was willing to help anyone in need. Joe loved his farm where he spent time picking blueberries, feeding his chickens, and watching the deer and wildlife on his property. He loved giving rides to his grandchildren in his “Buzzy.” Joe was a member of the American Legion Post 209, Lake Como and the VFW in Scranton. Joe also volunteered his time at the Lakewood Food Pantry, Preston Recycling Center, Rock Lake Picnic and Saint Katherine Drexel Parish. Previously Joe served as the treasurer for the Lake Lorain Lake Association.
He was always so happy to be around his family, especially his grandchildren.
In addition to his loving wife Barbara, Joe is also survived by two sons: Joseph and wife Lindsay; Jeffrey and wife Katie; five grandchildren that he loved with all his heart: Fiona, Liam, Sawyer, Hadley, and Hudson; his brother: John and wife Alina; his sister: Anne Marie and Roy Peckham; brothers-in-law: Eddie and Kathy; John and Dee; and many nieces and nephews. Joe also leaves behind many treasured friends to mourn his loss.
The funeral will be Thursday, March 24th with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 am in Saint Juliana’s Church, 2048 Creamton Drive, Rock Lake. Interment, Saint Juliana’s Cemetery, Rock Lake. Friends may call at the church, from 9:30 am until mass time. Arrangements by the Jones & Brennan Funeral Home, 430 Main Street, Forest City.
In lieu of flowers please consider supporting our wounded veterans by donating to The Wounded Warrior Project at support.woundedwarriorproject.org or to the American Legion Post 209 412 Lake Como Rd, Lake Como, PA 18437 in Joe’s honor.