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Saturday, August 29, 2009

Dr. Joseph J. DeRenzis, 79, of Coudersport, PA

Dr. Joseph J. DeRenzis
“Dr. Joe”

Coudersport, PA--- Dr. Joseph J. DeRenzis, 79, of Coudersport, PA, died Friday, August 28, 2009 in Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA.

Born October 20, 1929 in Stroudsburg, PA, he was a son of Joseph and Ruth DeRenzis. On September 23, 1995 in Coudersport, he married Marie E. Petrosewitz, who survives.

Dr. DeRenzis was a graduate of Stroudsburg High School, class of 1947, a 1952 graduate of East Stroudsburg State College, Stroudsburg, a graduate of Teachers’ College of Columbia University, New York, NY, and a graduate of Temple University in 1970. Dr. DeRenzis was a U.S. Army veteran having served during World War II in the 549th Engineer Company.

Dr. DeRenzis retired in 1992 as superintendent of Coudersport Area School District and was previously a teacher and principal at various Pennsylvania school districts. He was lovingly known as “Dr. Joe”.

He was a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Coudersport, the Pennsylvania Educational Association, the Coudersport Rotary Club, American Legion Post #192, Coudersport, Eulalia Lodge #342 F. & A.M., the Coudersport Consistory, and the Coudersport Golf Club. He was a longtime volunteer at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital and a volunteer and former board member of the Potter County Hospice in Coudersport. He also served on the Board of Directors for A Way Out in Coudersport.

He enjoyed photography. Joe loved his family and each student he taught in his years as an educator.

Surviving besides his wife are a son, Joseph DeRenzis of the State of Washington; two daughters, Theresa M. Walaski of Sterling, VA and Jennifer L. Haskins of Tonawanda, NY; a granddaughter, Alyssa Haskins; a sister, Giovania (Robert) Adelman of Stroudsburg; three brothers, George (Dawn) DeRenzis, Jim (Mary) DeRenzis, and Tom (Mary) DeRenzis, all of Stroudsburg; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Dr. DeRenzis was preceded in death by his stepmother, Gertrude DeRenzis; a brother, Albert DeRenzis; and a sister, Lois Corbey.

Friends may call at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, PA on Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. and on Tuesday, September 1, 2009 from 10 to 11 a.m. at which time funeral services will be held. The Rev. Fred Kemp, pastor of Portville Baptist Church, Portville, NY and the Rev. James Campbell, pastor of St. Eulalia Catholic Church, Coudersport, will officiate.

Members of Eulalia Lodge #142 F. & A.M. will conduct memorial services on Monday at 8:45 p.m. in the funeral home.

Members of the Potter County Honor Guard will accord military honors on Tuesday at the funeral home.

Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.


Anonymous said...

Dr. DeRenzis was a very nice man who truly believed in helping students achieve their potential. He will be missed.

Anonymous said...

Rest in peace Joe! You were a wonderful man. You will be greatly missed.

Anonymous said...

RIP Joe! B Jones

Anonymous said...

Marie, I am saddened to hear of Joe's passing. He was a wonderful man and I am glad I had the opportunity to know him. Peace be with you. Jill Piperata

Anonymous said...

My condolences to Marie and family. Dr. Joe was a friend,gentleman and educator who gave of himself to all and will be greatly missed.

Anonymous said...

Dr. DeRenzis was a great person who cared for both the students and staff at Coudersport Area High School. The best interest of all involved in education was his driving concern taxpayers, parents, students, faculty and staff. Dr. DeRenzis you will be missed, thanks for the memories!

shirley smith said...

Sincere condolences to Marie as Joe was an outstanding person who believed in seeing the good in all of us! Joe was truly a joy to work with during Masonic Reunions at the Coudersport Consistory. Joe, you are in a much better place my friend!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you all for you thoughts, prayers, love and support through our loss.

Marie, Jen, Theresa

Anonymous said...

my heart goes out to the family- R.I.P Dr. D. we will always remember you!

Anonymous said...

God Bless You Uncle Joe. You are an inspiration for many including myself. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Aunt Marie, Jen and Theresa. I will cherish the memories forever.
James, Denise & Marlie DeRenzis

Anonymous said...

Joe was a very intelligent, wonderful, and giving person. I know I will miss getting pieces of wisdom from him.

Unknown said...

Marie, I loved Joe for many things.... his insights, his intelligence, his sense of humor, and his total acceptance of Pat and Alyssa. Of course this also applies to you. Thanks for the friendship and the fun of sharing a granddaughter.
Love, Mikell

Anonymous said...

Although it's been quite some years, rest in peace Uncle Joe.

Peter, Cheyanne and Savanah Thompson

Anonymous said...

Marie-- Irvin Duell wanted you to know that he sends his condolences to your family and he thanks you for being so kind to him when he stopped at the cable office.

Anonymous said...

Marie and family,
We are so sorry for your loss. Joe was such a kind man. Everytime we got to see you and Joe, he always had a smile for you. Our prayers are with you and your family.

God bless,
Sue, Ray, Tyler and Merinda Lawrence

Kami L. McManus said...


Joe was one of the best people I know. Every person he came in contact with either loved him or at least respected him because he cared about everyone and everything. It's not only a personal loss, but a worldly loss as well because he made people want to be better. I know the best years of his life were the years he spent with you and I'm so grateful that I had him for so long. I'm grateful for every tug and hug. He was definitely one of my best friends and I'll carry his wisdom and last words with me into the future. I hope I make you two proud.
Lots of love from Grandma and I,