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Joseph Francis Martignetti

Thursday, February 1, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

formerly of Powder Valley

Joseph Francis Martignetti, 88, of Luther Crest, Allentown, formerly of Powder Valley and Lansdowne, died peacefully with his family at his side Jan. 27, 2018, at Lehigh Valley Hospital after a brief illness. He was the husband of Mary (Bauer) Martignetti for 63 years. Born in Atlantic City, he was the son of Felice and Genevieve Martignetti.

He graduated from Drexel University with a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering and was a member of Theta Chi Fraternity. He was employed by Nason and Cullen Construction Company. He then founded and operated JoMa Builders. He returned to Nason and Cullen as a construction manager and taught at Delaware County Community College. He later served as director of maintenance and grounds for Tredyffrin-Easttown School District until retirement.

He retired to Powder Valley, Zionsville to fulfill his dream of owning a historic farm with a stream. He enjoyed watercolor painting and all of God’s creatures.

He was a member of St. Ann Roman Catholic Church, Emmaus.

He was active in the Lansdowne Boys Club, serving as president and coach. He was a member of Hivel Und Dahl Preservation Society, Powder Valley. He had a love of American history and traveling.

He is survived by his wife; children, Joseph Jr. and his wife Sandra, of Palo Alto, Calif.; James and his wife Sue, of Powder Valley; Louise and her husband, Edward Bechtel, of Slatington; Susan and her husband Todd Stuebe, of Whitefish Bay, Wis.; John and his wife Ellen, of Boyertown; 18 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by infant daughter, Mary Lisa and grandson, Kurtis.

Contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, Tenn., 38148.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at noon Feb. 2 at the Most Blessed Sacrament Church, 610 Pine St., Bally. Calling hours will be held 11 to 11:45 a.m. Feb. 2 in the church. Arrangements were made by the Bachman, Kulik & Reinsmith Funeral Home, Emmaus.