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Trinity Baptist Church
Friday November 6th, 2015
11:00am - 2:00pm

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Mass of Christian Burial

St. Andrew the Apostle Parish
Tuesday June 18th, 2019

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Joseph W. Kormuth Jr.

Joseph William Kormuth, Jr., 79, of Twilight passed away on Saturday June 15, 2019 at his home. Born in Charleroi on June 16, 1939, a son of Joseph William Sr. and Emma Kolich Kormuth.

  After graduating from W&J, he completed a 43-year career, pioneering modern nuclear power plant startup/shutdown chemistry. He traveled to South America, Asia, and over 30 trips to Europe, including visiting family in Croatia and Slovakia, eventually leading him to meet his wife. He always practiced his Roman Catholic faith, especially as a lector at Mary, Mother of the Church, and was generous with his time and talents. Dad was passionate about his hobbies including competitive field trials with his beloved English Setters, playing tennis, coaching baseball, writing published articles, planting orchards, as well as gardening, Twilight Borough council, photography, classical music, and many others. Above all, he was a caring father, husband, and provider for his family.

He is survived by his wife, Zorica Jarnjevic; daughter, Dr. Karen Kormuth, Ph.D.; his sister, Mary (Gary) Echard; and many loving family around the world, as well as his son and daughter, Michael Kormuth and Jennifer Gallingane, and 5 grandchildren.  

There will be no public visitation. All are asked to gather on Tuesday June 18, 2019 at 10:00am to celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial at Mary, Mother of the Church Charleroi with Rev. Kevin Dominik officiating. Interment to follow at Calvary Cemetery Charleroi.



Expression of Sympathy Jun 17 2019 12:00 AM

It was my privilege to work with Joe and other Westinghouse expertsfrom ~ 2000 until his retirement, optimizing refueling outages at Exelon Nuclear. Joe was without question the mostknowledgeable person in the world on the subject of Westinghouse shutdown and startup chemistry controls. He cared not just about the technical aspects of his work, but also the people, and would take whatever time was necessary to teach the concepts behind his recommendations. I thank God for Joe Kormuth and the positive influence he had on the power industry and my life. God bless the family during this difficult time.

Dave Morey Jun 17 2019 12:00 AM

A SPATHIPHYLLUM was ordered on June 17, 2019

Expression of Sympathy Jun 17 2019 12:00 AM

I am very sad to hear about Joe's passing and I pray that Joe's family can find some comfort in the great work and strong legacy he left for me and many, many others at Westinghouse and in the nuclear power industry. Joe was a mentor for me from the early 1980's until his retirement. He pioneered many operational chemistry techniques still in use in nuclear power plants today. I am grateful for the positive influence Joe had on my career and I hope the family can take pride in his considerable accomplishments as they reflect on his lasting influence on their lives and on the lives of many others.

Jonathan Barkich Jun 17 2019 12:00 AM


Expression of Sympathy Jun 17 2019 12:00 AM

Joe was an industry icon and was highly regarded for his expertise.I owe a great deal of my knowledge and experience to him, as he served as a mentor to meduring his time withWestinghouse and its partnership with Exelon. Joe was a very genuine person. I'll never forget the timehe asked me togive a presentation at a conference in Pittsburgh. He showed his appreciation by inviting me to his residence to meet his lovely wife and to enjoya home cooked meal. My thoughts and prayers are with Joe and his family during thisdifficult time.

Jeff Golich Jun 17 2019 12:00 AM

Thank you so much Lani, we certainly appreciate it!

Karen Jun 17 2019 12:00 AM

Thank you so much for the kind message, Dave, my dad was so proud of his work and all the wonderful people he worked with. He really was a wonderful teacher, especially to me at home, and I'm so grateful for all the fond memories we have! ~Karen Kormuth

Karen Jun 17 2019 12:00 AM

Hi Jon - thank you so much for the message, it is wonderful to hear such kind works about my father. Dad was so proud of his work and it's amazing to hear that the things he did still matter! We miss him dearly.

Karen Jun 17 2019 12:00 AM

Hi Jeff - thank you so much for the message, I'm so glad you were able to visit dad and spend some time in our home! We really do appreciate all the kind messages we've received!

Karen Jun 17 2019 12:00 AM

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