October 10, 2017
|Joseph Gouveia, 86, of Pocono Summit died Tuesday evening at St. Luke’s Hospital — Monroe Campus following an illness. His wife is the former Brigitte Huber.
Born Jan. 24, 1931 in Scranton, he was the son of the late Jose and Rose Gouveia. He was educated in the Scranton schools. Joseph was retired as an Air Force senior master sergeant following a distinguished 28-year career. He was of the Catholic faith.
A few years after the early death of his father from the black lung disease, Joseph began his military career to help support his widowed mother and three younger siblings. He enlisted in the Army and was trained as a tank mechanic serving nine years at various posts throughout the world before being honorably discharged. He then took a year off to hunt and fish in his beloved eastern Pennsylvania woods and waterways before enlisting in the Air Force where he served as commander of various communications sites throughout Europe and the Far East. In 1959 in Germany, he married Brigitte who shared his military life until he retired from the military in 1976. A year later he and his wife and daughter moved to the Poconos where he began his civilian life working in electronics at Tobyhanna Army Depot until his final retirement almost 20 years later. He will be remembered as an intelligent, loyal and fair man who loved his country and family unconditionally. Joseph lived a full and adventurous life, earning the respect of many who came to know him for his sage advice and quirky sense of humor.
Surviving in addition to his wife are his daughter, Diana Kikel and husband, John, of Belle Vernon; and his sister, Mary White of Scranton; his grandson, Nathaniel Kikel; and nieces and nephews.
A blessing service will be conducted:
Interment and military honors will be conducted at Cathedral Cemetery, Scranton.
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