Obituary - Joseph F. Orso, Jr.

Joseph F. Orso Jr., 86, of Williamsport, passed away at home peacefully, surrounded by family on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014.

Joe was born in Williamsport on Sept. 26, 1927, a son of Joseph F. Orso Sr. and Flora E. Schmilafski Orso.

He was a graduate of St. Boniface and a 1945 graduate of the former St. Mary's High School. He went on and graduated from Lycoming College in 1951, Notre Dame Law School in 1955 and Vanderbilt Law School in 1956.

Joe was retired from a law career. He also served as Lycoming District Justice District 1, serving from 1981 to 1987.

He was a lifelong member of St. Boniface Catholic Church, and a member of Knights of Columbus Council 366, Sons of Italy Lodge 138, Loyal Order of the Moose 145, Young Men's Democratic Club, Young Men's Republican Club, The Lycoming County Bar Association and the PA Bar Association.

He loved Notre Dame football, a good bad joke and great Italian food. The most important things in life to him were his faith, family and friends. He was well known for his kindness and generosity.

He and his wife, the former Patricia Yellets, would have celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary in August 2014. Surviving in addition to his wife are children, Joseph Orso (Mary Kay), Steven Orso, Julie Orso, all of Williamsport, Kathy Cormier, of Maynard, Mass., Angela Martin (Virgil), of Sanford, N.C.; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a sister, Joanne Orso.

In addition to his parents, a brother, James and sisters, Kathryn Thomas and Barbara Orso preceded him in death.

The family will receive family and friends at the Crouse Funeral Home, 133 E. Third St., Williamsport, from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday evening.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday 9:30 a.m. at St. Boniface Catholic Church, 326 Washington Blvd., Williamsport, with the Rev. David Bechtel officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully suggests memorial contributions in Joe's name may be made to St. John Neumann Regional Academy, 901 Penn St., Williamsport, PA 17701