Joseph J. Hager, Jr., age 62, of Harborcreek Twp., passed away Friday, May 13, 2011 at UPMC Hamot. He was born in Erie on December 1, 1948, son of the late Joseph J., Sr. and Catherine Bertovich Hager.
Joseph lived in the Erie area all of his life and was a member of St. James R.C. Church.
He was a graduate of Cathedral Prep, Class of 1967 and attended Gannon University.
He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Joseph was employed with the City of Erie Fire Department for 30 years, retiring in 2007. For many years, Joe worked per diem as a local "roadie" for the Erie Civic Center/Warner Theatre. He was sadly missed at the last show. Joseph was one of the most giving and caring people amongst his family and friends. He lent a hand to anyone who needed it, never expecting anything in return. As an uncle, he served as a role model to his many nieces and nephews. He was an avid local sports fan; and a Celtics, Steelers and Yankee fan. He enjoyed playing golf and spending time with his grandchildren. Survived by his wife of 37 years, Carol Weber Hager; two daughters, Kim Vickey (John) and Julie Hager of Erie; one son, Jeff Hager, of Haborcreek Twp.; four sisters, Louise Zukowski (Jerry) of Erie, Lois Smith (George) of Stow, Ohio, and Karen Yakoweloff (John) and Mary Ann Plaza all of Erie; five grandchildren, Nathan and Catherine Wuerstle, Taylor, Joseph and Megan Vickey; many nieces and nephews; and two sisters-in-law, Lynn Weber of Modesto, Calif. and Linda Meredith of Willoughby, Ohio Friends may call at the Dusckas Funeral Home, Inc., East, 2607 Buffalo Road, on Tuesday and Wednesday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. and are invited to attend a Funeral Service there on Thursday at 10:30 a.m., conducted by Rev. James McCormick of St. James R.C. Church. Interment, Wintergreen Gorge Cemetery with full military honors conducted by American Legion Carl Neff Post #571. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Red Cross-Erie Chapter, 4961 Pittsburgh Ave., Erie, PA 16509.
(the Erie Times-News on May 16, 2011)
St. James R.C. Church."