Joseph Pluciennik passed away on July 20th, after several years of major health complications. Son of the late Joseph and Margaret Pluciennick of Scranton, he was the devoted husband of Diane Freedman, who sadly passed away before him. He is survived by his sisters Diane Musewicz and Jo-Ann Kamichitis as well as by numerous close friends and in-laws including Marcy Barth and Kathy and Michael Protenic.
Born in Scranton PA on July 27, 1947, he led a varied and intense life. Joe was a factotum with a photographic memory of many of the ideas and events of history, not only presented to him through his schooling in public school and the University of Scranton, but also through his life of varied work experiences. Having earned a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature, he taught for a while in Scranton high schools, ultimately choosing a different path. He then worked at various jobs including, the Anthracite Bridge Co., and restaurants during a time in State College PA. In 1973 he moved to Philadelphia and started working at Leader Sample Book Co where he stayed for many years. After getting a second degree in computer programing, he began working at the IRS. He also worked for Music Data on classical music databases.
Having an avid interest in music and folk dance, he did much to support the folk dance community in State College and Philadelphia. He was passionate about his hobbies delighting nieces and nephews and friend's children with his model trains display. He spent hours perfecting his architectural constructions and Lego modeling.
He had a deep knowledge and insight of local Scranton history and Central Asian history, and he was able to cite names, dates, and details of migrations, battles, and cultures of both regions. His wide and varied interests were always a wonder to those who knew him, and his warm and jovial presence will forever be missed.
Graveside services at Roosevelt Memorial Park on Wednesday July 26, at 1:30 pm.