Joseph Batterby

Joseph H. "Joe" Batterby Sr.

Wednesday, October 28th, 1931 - Tuesday, April 14th, 2020
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Joseph H. Batterby Sr.
Educator and Member of United Brotherhood of Carpenters

Joseph H. “Joe” Batterby Sr., 88, of Peters Township departed from this world peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Tuesday, April 14, 2020.

Joe was born in Fredericktown, PA a son of the late William P. and Susie Kubic Batterby. He was a graduate of East Bethlehem High School and began working as a coal miner at the Clyde Mine prior to proudly serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War earning the rank of Sergeant. Upon returning from serving his country, he married the love of his life Dolores, with whom he remained for the next 65 years. He was a loving father and family man. Surviving are a son, Joseph Batterby (Norma) of North Strabane; a daughter, Janice Batterby (William) of Bentworth; a sister, Mildred "Mitzie" Fiumenero of New Jersey; two grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased, in addition to his parents, are his brothers Walter who died in infancy, William who died in 1985, and two sisters, Alice Impiccini and Susan Morgan.

He built homes full-time for Bern Englert Builders and earned a Master’s Degree in Industrial Arts from California University. His legacy not only continues through his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, but through the lives of those he touched as an educator. Joseph enjoyed teaching. He taught at Keystone Oaks High School for 36 years and sent his students into adulthood with skills they could use throughout their lives with the Building Maintenance construction curriculum he developed. He was a long-time member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters, and trained Union Carpenter Apprentices for 30 years. One of his greatest joys was teaching high school students and carpenter apprentices and hearing from them in later years gave him a good feeling to know he made a difference.

He was a member of the Peters Township Veteran of Foreign Wars, an avid Steelers fan, a man of many interests and an expert carpenter performing home remodeling and building everything from houses, to cabinets, to furniture, to holiday decorations and dollhouses with studded walls and hardwood floors. Joe will be missed dearly by all who knew and loved him.

Regrettably, due to current state mandates regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no public visitation. Service and interment will be private at Forest Lawn Gardens. In his memory, contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or a charity of your choice.

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Love, Bill and Matty Knisely

Posted at 06:49pm
Dear Delores and family, we are so sorry for your loss. May your memories be with you always and Joseph in your heart. Thoughts and prayers for you
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scott Hogben

Posted at 06:30pm
I absolutely loved Mr. Batterby! My parents were transplanted from KO to the Harrisburg area for most of my childhood. Later, after we returned to the Keystone Oaks area, I became a member of the Commercial Carpenters Union where I had Mr. Batterby for a teacher. I loved hearing his stories of working in schools and in construction. One day, I went to his desk to ask him a question about my classwork. He was always such a great guy. As I was returning to my seat, he said, "All you Hogbens are the same!" Having grown mostly in Harrisburg with a strange rare name like Hogben, I had never met anyone who knew any of my relatives. So I was puzzled. When I turned to ask, he had a smile on his face and said that he had my dad as a student in high school. I thought that was the coolest thing. Not only had I met someone who knew one of my relatives, but he actually remembered having my dad back in his days in the public school. I really, really liked Mr. Batterby. I am very sorry for your loss.
-Scott Hogben

Russ Scarff

Posted at 07:55am

What a great man, I learned a lot about carpentry but he taught me a lot about life. One thing he told that stuck with me for life was “you don’t have to go to college to make a good living” Miss him.

Brian Meyers

Posted at 07:02am
To the family so sorry for your loss Mr.Batterby was greatest teacher mentor and man to walk the halls at KO a GIANT with a teddy bear heart .He would gather his students in circle like King Arthur he would stand in the middle with knights around him teaching hands on never afraid to get dirty with his grey shop coat was his armor he never took roll call he knew ever student in his class he would always call you by your last name after graduating i would drop off building materials because school budget would not allow him to get what he needed so many of his knights would bring everything he needed the cycle never ended a testament to the respect he had for his students and his students had for him God has a great person by his side a huge impact on my life Brian Meyers Myrtle Beach Sc class of 1980

Dan Cirell

Posted at 10:50pm
Mr. Batterby was a giant of a man as much in heart and kindness as he was in brawn. He was one of my favorite teachers and as much as I always looked forward to his class I looked more forward to seeing him. It was the first class of the day for me and I would often arrive early to help clean tools, and lean from this man. He was never shy about employing “tough love” and I was a well deserved recipient of it a couple of times ultimately making me a better person. He made many of us better people and honest, productive adults. He will be sorely missed.

My deepest sympathy to all of his family and friends.

Dan Cirell
Keystone Oaks, class of 1983

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