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Joseph L. Osenkarski, 68, of Carlisle, passed away on Saturday, August 21, 2010 in his home. He was born on Saturday, November 29, 1941 in Duryea and was a son of the late Stanley W. And Mary V. (Budavich) Osenkarski. He was also predeceased by a brother, Stanley W. Osenkarski, Jr.

He was a 1959 graduate of Duryea High School, where he was class president and was a 1964 graduate of Penn State University, earning both bachelors and masters degrees in rehabilitation services in education. He was a member of Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity and was a member of the National Guard. Joseph retired as chief juvenile probation officer for Cumberland County after serving 39 years. He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, Carlisle. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, canning pickles and tomatoes and wild mushroom hunting.

Joseph is survived by his loving and devoted daughters, Diane J. (and her husband, Gerald L., Jr.) Crispino of Carlisle and Michele M. (and her husband, Michael H.) Mellott of Limestone, his companion, Beverly L. Gilbert of Newville, a sister, Anne Clayton of Winston-Salem, NC, a brother, John Osen of Chambersburg, five grandchildren; Adam M. Mellott and Abigail D. Mellott, Gerald L. Crispino, III, Ridge D. Crispino and Skylar Paige Jo Crispino and several nieces and nephews. He will be deeply missed by all of his friends and loved ones.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, August 27, 2010 in St. Patrick Shrine Church, 140 E. Pomfret St., Carlisle, with Father William C. Forrey as celebrant. Visitation will be held at the church from 12:00 p.m. until the time of service. Burial will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to his church or to a charity of one’s choice.

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Joe and I joined the PA National Guard in 1966. We immediately became friends and have stayed in touch all these years.  I shall miss him.

Richard D. Bates
Diane & Michele,

Sorry for your loss.  It's hard to lose a parent.

Our Sympathy goes out to you and your family.  Love, Bob, Lisa, Mason and Bandit Mellott
Diane and family,
You are in our prayers and thoughts.  May the peace of God be with you.

Fritzy and family
 I am so sorry for your loss.  Hugs and kisses to you and the family.  Please know I'm thinking of you half way around the country. XOXO

Mary Jane Seay
 Dear Diane & Michelle,

I have fond memories of your dad am so sorry for your loss.
My heart is with you both.

Stacey Wilson Christmas

Dear Diane and Michelle--

I have so many cherished memories about your family from all those sleepovers years ago.  I really liked your father--he was such a charming and funny man.  I especially remember him allowing a salamander to sit on his head just to make us laugh!

I wish you strength and courage during this time and know that many out there are mourning your father's loss with you.  All my best.

Stephanie Patterson Gilbert

So sorry to see him go and so sorry for the family.  The Osenkarskis's have been our extended "family" since I was born, and he was a 2nd father to me for all the years growing up.  He will certainly be missed.  God bless you Joe.

Stephanie Chaplinski-Kane

Michelle and Diane-

Sorry to hear of this sad news.  Please take care...

Dan Loh

Dear Joe's family,
Joe became one of us.  The only thing that bugged me about Joe was that he took an hour to tell you something  when he could have done it in a couple of seconds. Joe cooked for us all his favorite polish dishes, now they are part of our menu.  We cooked our favorite dishes - some he never ate before, so it was tit for tat.  Loved his tomatoe juice and good tomatoe sandwich, also his pickles and mushrooms that I never liked before, probably because I did not know how to cook them.  Thanks Joe.  I learned to make notes of ideas when they hit me.  That was Joe's doings. From Joe I learned to recycle.  When you got a card from Joe you knew it was recyled.  When we got together the next day, when anyone asked who was there, I always said the usual suspects, Joe became one.  Joe didn't play card games with us but he entertained the ones who didn't play.  We said he was babysitting for us even if the babies where in their seventies and eighties. Will miss his dry sence of humor and all the tales he told, even it he could have used less words.  With love and prayers for all of you.
 Dale Portia and Bridget Reed

Dear family of Joe,
Just wanted to let u know what this redneck from GA thinks about your dad. We met Joe a few years ago and from the moment I met him I called him a friend, thats unusual for me.  Joe and I had a lot in common such as fishing, hunting and telling lies to one another.  I guess we were trying to see who could outlie the other, but I wasn't even close.  In all this I learned that Joe loved His family more than anyone could imagine. Joe was a good and caring man.  God Bless U all and remember God loves u all and will be with u all in this trying time.

With Love and prayers from Linda and Sparky Ott from Ga

Diane and Michelle,
Your dad was such a character and I have many fond memories of all of us together "back in the day".  I am here for you during this difficult time.  Love to you both.


 We all love and miss you grandpa.  I can't stop thinking about how happy you must be now, and I'm sure you're having a blast up there. Everyone who I've met says I look like you.  Have some fun up there for me Grandpa Joe; I'll be sure to do the same down here.

Adam Mellott

I met Joe thru my Aunt Beverly. He was a really nice man, a gentleman, who cared about his daughters. He always talked about them. I enjoyed listening to the stories he told. A while back he asked me to take a picture for him of the train going over the bridge on the Susquehanna. He had bought several pictures from me in the past. I guess I took too long in getting that shot for him, as I never managed to get my husband to take me up there by boat to get that shot. I guess time ran out on that one. Rest in Peace Joe. You will be missed.

Suzanne and Tom Kohr
Just to let you know that all of you are our prayers.  We enjoyed having Joe in our home.  He was a pleasure to be around and will be sadly missed by all. May God be with you.
  Mary Alleman and family

Diane, Michelle, and all of Joe's family. We are praying for you  to find peace during these difficult days. We love you and know he will be with you in heart always.

Love, The Mays
Joe was a very giving man who deeply loved his family. His passing has left a void in my life that will never be filled.  I feel honored to have been one of his close friends.

Mike Booze

Diane and Michelle,

I'm so sorry to hear the news about your dad.  "Joe O" as I and many called him was a great man to me! I never forgot the gift he gave me. That wasn't the sneakers, jackets, pool sticks, or the best damn pickles on earth!  It was the Job he got me working with kids making the money that helped me buy my first house and gave me the stability to get married, have kids and live a pretty damn good life so far!  I owed him more then I could ever pay back!  He did this stuff not just for me but for a lot of others!  I wish I would have stopped to see him every time I drove past the house on 944 and thought to myself " I should stop in and say hi".   I send much love to all of you in this time and wish you only the best!

Juan Ramos
Michelle, Diane and family,
 So sorry to hear about your Dad.  Joe and I had many memorable years working together in Probation.
We are very sorry that we were unable to attend the service, but please know that our thoughts and prayers were and are with you.

John and Carolyn Roller

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