Joseph "Joe" Henderson

Born: Sat., Nov. 15, 1941
Died: Sat., Jul. 21, 2018


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Thu., Jul. 26, 2018
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Fri., Jul. 27, 2018
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Fri., Jul. 27, 2018
Location: William D. Elkin Funeral Home

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Sat., Jul. 28, 2018
Location: St. Paul's Lutheran Church

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Joseph Curtis Henderson, 76 of North East passed away on Saturday, July 21, 2018, at his home.

He was born on November 15, 1941, in Erie, PA, son of the late Joseph and Elizabeth Curtis Henderson.

In addition to his parents, Joe was preceded in death by his brother, George A. Henderson.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 54 years, Carol Patalon Henderson, whom he married on May 29, 1964; daughters, Suzanne Rapela (Paul) of North East and Holly Bebko (Rick) of Erie; grandchildren, Victoria Kelly (Thomas), Annabelle Rapela, Joseph Rapela, Andrew Bebko, and Cooper Bebko; sister-in-law, Nancy Maynard (David); several nieces and nephews.

Joe graduated from Harborcreek High School class of 1959 and earned a Bachelors degree in Education from Slippery Rock University in 1963.

After one year at Belle Valley Elementary he continued his career at McDowell Senior High School, teaching Physical Education and Health, retiring in 1997 after 33 years. During that time Joe coached many sports including football, golf, tennis, and wrestling.  He umpired high school softball and rec leagues for many years and was well known, respected and loved. Joe also ran the clock for men's and women's basketball at Penn State Behrend for 26 years.

He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, North East Sportsman's Club, Big Tree Sportsman's Club, Loyal Order of Moose, Siebenbuerger Club, and a lifetime member of the NRA.

Joe enjoyed sports of all kinds, especially baseball and football. He was a dedicated hunter and wildlife proponent, passionate trap and skeet shooter, enjoyed fishing and was an avid storyteller.  

Friends may call at the William D. Elkin Funeral Home, 65 S. Lake St., North East on Thursday 6-8 and Friday 2-4 and 6-8 and are invited to attend a funeral service on Saturday at 11:00 am at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 30 Clinton St., North East.  Interment North East Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to Big Tree Sportsman's Club, 5207 Waltonian Dr., Ashville, NY 14710 or North East Sportsmen's Club, Box 261, North East, PA 16428 or to St. Paul's Lutheran Church in North East.  Please send condolences to

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   Posted Tue July 24, 2018
Dear Carol, Holly, Susan and families.
God has called him to his eternal home. He now has a new perfect body that has no pain. He was a good friend, good neighbor and a wonderful Cousin. I am sure you will miss him. I pray that God will give you peace and comfort you in the days ahead. I know it isn't easy, you just have to perceiver and take it day by day. Just try to keep yourself busy and remember the good times and forget the bad. Prayer is the greatest healing factor. You are on my Churches E-mail Prayer Chain, so don't feel like you are all alone. God is with you all the time.

Love and Prayers,

Uncle Eddie

Debbie Pizzuti
   Posted Wed July 25, 2018
Vicky, I’m so sorry for your loss,praying for you and all your family,sending hugs princess Victoria.

rod. getz
   Posted Thu July 26, 2018
sorry for your loss

Paul Tate
   Posted Mon August 06, 2018
My condolences to the Henderson family on Joe's passing. I had him for a gym teacher at McDowell. He was a very caring teacher and made us better, and more physically fit, students because of it. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of loss.

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