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Obituary - Joseph R. Beha

Joseph R. Beha

Date of Passing: March 19th, 2011

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Joseph R. Beha, 88, of Waterville passed away on March 19, 2011 with members of his family by his side. He was born in Ava, NY on July 28, 1922, the son of the late Ambrose and Emma (Seiter) Beha. Joseph was a graduate of Waterville Central High School. He went on to graduate from the "C" Pre-meteorology Group of Amherst College and later completed an Associate's degree in Electrical Technology from MVCC. He served as a Corporal in the Army-Air Corps during World War II. On September 21, 1946, Joseph married Leonie Don Carlos, starting the dance of a lifetime. He was an employee of General Electric in Utica for over 25 years, working as an electronic technician. Joseph worked hard to provide for his family. He took great pride in his home, in being self-sufficient, and teaching those skills to his children. Throughout his life, Joseph was active in his church community. He played flute and piccolo and loved to sing. He was a member of the Saint John's Church choir for many years. In retirement, he enjoyed his family, traveling, gardening, music, and volunteering. With his wife, he volunteered for Harding Nursing Home for over 25 years, starting and running a program for basket weaving as well as providing assistance to residents and helping with music for weekly mass. Joseph is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Leonie Don Carlos of Springfield, MA; children Joanne (Bob) Treen of Waterville, Laura (Bickford) Brannen of Southwick, MA, Leon Beha (Ross Garhartt) of Pattersonville, NY, Camilla Greene of Amherst, NY, James (Debbie) Beha of Marcy, NY, Karen (David) Wentworth of Scotia, NY; grandchildren Jennifer & Darren (Jessie) Treen, Marissa Greene, Chelsey & Kevin Wentworth, Ryan & Krysta Beha; great-grandchild Dillan Treen; and his sister Bertha (Beha) Rowley of Waterville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, March 23rd at 10 AM at Historic Old Saint John's Church, Utica. Calling hours will be held Tuesday, March 22nd from 5 to 7 PM at Kloster-Northrop & Bentz Funeral Home, 210 East Main St., Waterville. The family would like to express their sincere thanks to the staff at Harding Nursing Home for their care and support.

Condolences:

Dear Aunt Leonie and cousins: You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. We are so very sorry for your great loss. Please accept our sincere condolences. Love, Marie and Richard
Marie & Richard Sevick

Karen, we all send love to you and your family through this time of adjustment, of grief and loss. We look forward to Easter joy in a special way this year. Love, Jan and Craig and your 1st Scotia family
Jan Hoffman

Camilla, I only heard about your fathers passsing Wed. I am so sorry I missed calling hours and seeing you and your family,my sincere condolences to you all. He was yours to enjoy for a long time. You are in my thoughts, Bonnie
Bonnie Stone

Dear Leonie & Family, We are so sorry to hear of Joseph's passsing. He certainly was a fine man,husband and father. He was also a good friend to us for many years. The time he spent volunteering along with you at Hardings will be rewarded along with all his other devotion to his God and other people. He is now safely home and can ready a place for you and all his family. We send our sincere condolensces and please Know you are in our prayers. Love, Bob & Daurice
Bob&Daurice Rostiser

Dear Aunt Leonie and Cousins: Our hearts go out to you in sympathy for your great loss. Uncle Joe was a wonderful man with a huge heart and a warm and ever present smile. He is certainly an example of a life well lived. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Alice and Al.
Alice & Albert Brunette

Dear Karen and family, What an accomplished, giving, wonderful man your Dad was. I am sure that he will be greatly missed by many. My sincere condolences to you all. Love, Jennifer
Jennifer Gallagher

Camilla, Marissa and Family: Please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of your father, grandfather, husband, etc. Although we did not have the opportunity of meeting him, we had the pleasure and experience of knowing a few of his children and grandchildren. From that alone, it shows us he was an amazing man as his family carries on his traits of being a wholesome, family oriented, kind hearted individuals. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you. Love always Carina and Family
Carina Bailor & Family

Jim, Deb, Ryan, & Krysta, We are all thinking of you at this sad time in your lives. Know that you aren't alone. Your friends and family are there for you. Many prayers and healing thoughts being sent your way. Peace Julie, Fred, Sam & Jess
Julie Strzepek

Dear Karen, Dave, Chelsey, and Kevin, We are so very sorry for your loss. Please know that we are thinking of all of you at this very sad time. Love, Hali, Steve, Lyndsi, and Mikaela
Hali Holmes

Our hearts go out to the family for the loss of Uncle Joe. He was a wonderful person who always had a smile that mirrored the joy he found in his daily life. We are so thankful we were able to enjoy a good visit with him last summer and we so enjoyed hearing him play the piccolo for us...the memories of that visit will last a lifetime. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Aunt Leonie and cousins. Janet & Bill
Janet & Bill Braun

Dear Karen and family- My hear goes out to you all. I know from all the terrific stories I have heard, what a well respected, giving and wonderful man your dad was. He clearly made a difference in this world. Please know you all have been in our thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Chris and Bill King and family
Chris King