Born November 18, 1926 in Custer City, he was a son of the late Michael and Susan (Yaros) Oleksa. He was a 1944 graduate of Bradford High School.
On October 16, 1948 in St. Francis Church by Msgr. G. Carlton Ritchie he married Gloria L. (Shaffer) Oleksa, who died on July 28, 2010.
He enlisted in the United States Army in 1944, served in Italy at the conclusion of WWII and was honorably discharged in 1947.
After the service Joe worked at Star Garage and later at Phillip C. Bauchard Dodge as the Service and Part Manager. He retired in 1990 after more than forty years of service.
He was member of St. Francis Church, and Pine Acres Golf Club.
Surviving are three daughters: Susan (William) Shannon, of McKean PA, Karen (John) Brokaw, of Hamburg NY, and Amy (Jerry) Eberhart, of Tega City SC, two sons: Joseph (Ruth) Oleksa, of Bradford, and Jeffrey (Karen) Oleksa, of Stuggart Germany, one brother, Paul Oleksa, of Bossier City LA. nine grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, two sisters: Mary Seaward and Anna Coldren, two brothers: Michael Oleksa and John Oleksa.
Family will be receiving friends Monday, January 7, 2013 from 3-5pm & 7-9pm in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. East Main St., where a prayer service will be held Tuesday at 9:30am, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial 10:00am in St Francis Church. Committal services, Military Honors and entombment will be in St Bernard Mausoleum.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
On line condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com