Joseph P. Eskra

Joseph P. Eskra

Wednesday, August 28th, 1935 - Tuesday, January 19th, 2021
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Joseph P. Eskra 85, Ephrata, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at Zerbe Sisters Retirement Community on January 19, 2021.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Marlene A. Nenichka Eskra; daughter, Linda A. Eskra Maurizi and her husband Joseph D. Maurizi, Reamstown; grandson, Marc J. Maurizi and his wife Kira A. Parks, New York; and granddaughter, Ashley L. Maurizi, Reamstown.
A graduate of Duryea High School he entered the workforce as a mechanic and truck driver for his father’s company. He then bravely answered the call and served his country for two years, stationed at Fort Eustis, Virginia, as part of the U.S. Army. After an honorable discharge he began a 38-year career at Celotex Corporation as a maintenance foreman. He was a revered problem solver at work and a true Joe Fix-It at home.
He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and lived life to the fullest with a good word and a smile for everyone he met. He relished life’s simple pleasures such as hunting, fishing, Mickey Mouse, and cheering on the Steelers. His greatest passion, however, was his loving family who loved and cherished him dearly.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to honor Joseph at the Alzheimer’s Association (, or Oldies But Goodies Cocker Rescue (, as Joseph was an avid dog lover. To send the family online condolences, visit us at Arrangements by Groff-High Funeral Home, New Holland.
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Jill Florio

Posted at 07:18pm
Marlene and Family,

I am so sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. You were such a wonderful wife to him and gave him so much love and the absolute best care! He was one lucky man. I think about both of you often and miss you! Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you.

Much love,
Jill Florio and Family

Paul Skrzysowski

Posted at 03:58pm
Dear Marlene,Linda, Joe & Family, Our deepest sympathy & prayers to all of you during this difficult time. Remember the good times & all of the memories he has left for all of you to cherish. Our fondest memory was his annual attendance at our July birthday parties. May God bless him & all of you and may he rest in peace!!! Love always, Paul & Rosalie Skrzysowski

Mark Vergenes

Posted at 02:30pm
Dear Marlen, Linda & Joe:

Our sincere condolences, may you find peace during this time. Our prayers are with your family, please do not hesitate to contact us with any needs. God bless you!.

-Vergenes Family

James Bone

Posted at 12:41pm
Marlene, Linda and Joe:

Sending our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Jim and Mary Bone and Family


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