Joseph A. Padula, 91

May 25, 2017

Joseph A. Padula, 91, of Lititz, went home to the Lord on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at Lancaster General Hospital, Lancaster, PA. Born in Jersey City, New Jersey, he was the son of the late Louis and Antonietta Costa Padula.
Joseph was a devoted and loving husband to Shirley Roberts Padula, with whom he shared fifty-three years of marriage. He was a Navy veteran who served in WWII on the USS Triangulum and took part in the Battle of Leyte Gulf. Using his GI Bill, he attended Rutgers University where he earned a degree in industrial engineering.
He loved and adored his family and enjoyed nature with his plentiful vegetable gardens and was a wonderful cook and baker. He was extremely funny and well-liked. He will be sorely missed and his memory cherished forever.
Surviving in addition to his wife are four daughters, JoAnn M. Nolt, wife of Frank, of Lititz; Sharon M. Padula of Raleigh, NC; Kimberley M. Zeigler, wife of Steve, of Mount Laurel, NJ; Karen J. Schmidt, wife of Dave, of Sewell, NJ; and one son, Joseph Padula, husband to Anne McCauley, of Ojai, CA; nine grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Anthony & Louis Padula.
Friends will be received from 10:00-11:00 AM on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at the Charles F. Snyder, Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory, 3110 Lititz Pike, Lititz, PA 17543. The Memorial Service will follow at 11:00 AM. Interment will be at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, PA at 2:30PM with military honors.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, PO Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142

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May 30, 2017

Kim & family-
We are so sorry for your loss. May you all find peace in the beautiful memories of your Dad.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all— Love Ken & Sue Kroh

May 28, 2017

Many daughters think their dad is the strongest, most protective dad in the world, but I know my dad was. He was a dad that got things done. Whatever you needed him to do…paint a room, make his amazing fried pizzas or pull a childhood tooth that was loose, but wouldn’t fall out…he did it quickly, calmly and successfully. Even in the last few years when his body was failing, he still wanted to get things done. With the use of his IPad, he kept his mind sharp and through texting, he continued to reach out to his family. Age never slowed him down. He was the most progressive 91 year old person I knew. I will miss the optimism, sharp wit and love he showered us with even when he no longer could be the physical strength we so adored. I know you are at peace now dad, but I know you won’t rest for long. I can imagine you growing your delicious tomato plants and sharing them with all the angels in heaven. I love you dad and will miss you forever!

May 28, 2017

Dear Aunt Shirley & Family,
Uncle Joe was the epitome of what all men should be. A model husband, father & grand-father. I fell in love with him from the moment we met. I always prayed for a man just like him for a husband. Always regretted the distance of miles that kept us apart and from being together thru life but just the thought of him would and still does, warm my heart & puts a smile on my face. What a truly wonderful man he was. We were all blessed when he came into our lives. Knowing the wonderful life he made for his family & how much he loved his family gives me a joy that can’t be bought. It is a sad time but knowing he is at peace gives all the strength to go on and do the very best we can with the rest of our lives and to follow in his footsteps, to live by his example.
Love, prayers & sympathy to all,
(Little) Joanie

May 28, 2017

Aunt Shirley & Family,
Sending many Hugs and Prayers! He was the sweetest Uncle that a niece could ask for. I got to share so many memories with him as a child. Loved his cooking and an what a cook he was. I got to work for him in his jewelry business and worked hard we did! He always complimented me and pushed me to be, whatever I wanted to be. An for that I thank him so much! He was such a hard worker and made sure his Family was well provided for. An I always admired him for that! He was such a blessing to my Aunt Shirley and Cousins, an they loved him so much! RIP Uncle Joe….❤️
Love your Niece,
Bobbi Ann

May 27, 2017

My Pop-Pop, we were so close and I already miss you more than you’ll ever know. I’ll miss everything; I’ll miss picking tomatoes in your plentiful garden, our Disney World trip together and every Christmas I have enjoyed with you. Your upbeat attitude and constant jokes has left a permanent smile on my face and a happiness that I carry with me every day. Thank you for coming to my dance shows and for the constant support you’ve always showed me. The part I will miss the most and the part of you I’ll always have with me is our shared birthday. Every September 22nd, not only will I turn a year older, but I’ll be thinking of my loving Pop-Pop and how I would do anything to celebrate it with him one last time. I know you’re in a better place with the Lord and I can’t wait to see you again.
I love you, 
Madelyn Grace

May 27, 2017

My loving daddy, where do I begin to put into words the love and admiration I have for you. You were the strongest person I know and the most positive. You never got down with all the things you were going through with your health and wanted to stay with us forever. You fought the good fight and won with now being with your Heavenly Father. I will miss the love you showed me everyday, your warm hugs and hearing you say “Hi sweetheart”. I will always be your sweetheart and baby girl. The memories we shared will be etched in my heart forever and I will see you once again at the gates of heaven. 
Love you Daddy,
“Dads hold our hands for a little while and hold our hearts forever”

Tuesday, May 30, 2017
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Lititz, PA 17543
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