Joseph C. Naples, 90, of The Middletown Home, passed away Thursday, January 23, 2014, surrounded by family at the M.S. Hershey Medical Center.
Born November 10, 1923 in Middletown, he was the son of the late Joseph and Maria Morelli Naples. He was a proud WWII Navy veteran serving aboard the USS Virgo and the USS Coral Sea. As part of the Amphibious he took part in the invasion of several enemy islands including Tarawa, Marshal Island, Guam, Palau, Bougainville, Hollandia, New Guinea, Aitape, and again in New Guinea. Joseph was awarded medals for the American Campaign, Asiatic Pacific Campaign, Victory WWII, Occupation Service and China Service.
He retired from the New Cumberland Army Depot as the Equipment Mechanical Foreman. He was a member of Seven Sorrows BVM Catholic Church, Middletown, National Retired Federal Employees (NARFE), American Legion Post 594 and Cumberland Valley Volunteer Fireman’s Association. Joseph was also a longtime volunteer firefighter and member of the Middletown Fire Department, as well as D.A.V. and the Conewago Rod and Gun Club. He was also an avid angler, hunter and gardener.
In addition to his parents, Joseph was preceded in death by his loving wife, Winifred “Winnie” J. Bowers Naples, on September 24, 2012; sisters, Minnie Penna (Sam) and Mary Olsen (Arthur); and brother, Frank Naples (Joan).
He is survived by two daughters, Wanda M. Jonsen of Vancouver, British Columbia, and Lynne M. Sjoberg (Roger) of Tarpon Springs, Florida; two sons, Joseph M. Naples (Arlene) and David A. Naples (Deb) both of Middletown; ten grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Joan Naples of Dillsburg.
Prayer service will be held Monday, January 27, 2014 at 11 AM in the Trefz & Bowser Funeral Home, Inc., 114 West Main Street, Hummelstown, with The Rev. Fr. Edward J. Keating officiating. Interment with military honors will be in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, Lower Paxton Township. A viewing will held on Monday in the funeral home from 10 AM until time of the services.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to The Middletown Home, 999 West Harrisburg Pike, Middletown, PA 17057, or to the Middletown Fire Department, 10 Adelia Street, Middletown, PA 17057, or to Seven Sorrows BVM Catholic Church, 280 North Race Street, Middletown, PA 17057.