Joseph E. Venerick

February 11, 1941April 22, 2018

Joseph E. Venerick, 77, of Clearfield, passed away Sunday, April 22, 2018 at Knickerbocker Villa. Mr. Venerick was born February 11, 1941 in Centre Hall, the son of Paul D. and Freeda M. (Summers) Venerick. He was a graduate of Clearfield High School and the Williamsport Area Community College. Mr. Venerick retired from Penn Dot having worked as a bridge inspector. He was a member of the Westside United Methodist Church of Clearfield. Mr. Venerick was a United States Air Force Veteran having served during the Vietnam Era. He was a life member of the Clearfield BPOE Lodge No. 540 and was an avid hunter. Joseph is survived by a sister, Judith Hosheit of Westerly, RI and a number of nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Venerick was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters; Linda Snyder and Charlotte Willis and a brother, Paul Venerick, Jr. Honoring Mr. Venerick’s wishes there will be no public visitation. A private graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family at Zion Hill Cemetery, Centre Hall with Rev. John White officiating. The Bennett and Houser Funeral Home, Inc. of Clearfield are in charge of the arrangements. To send online tributes go to or


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Joleen Willis

April 30, 2018

Dear Judy,
I am expressing sincere sympathies on behalf of the death of your brother, Ed. I am blessed to have made his acquaintance and was honored to join him in a game of Bingo at our last visit. I am grateful for his connection to West Side UMC and the gifts he shared with his church family.

May God comfort you in your time of loss.

Pastor Joleen

Jeanne Urban

April 25, 2018

Dear Judy,
Please accept my sincere sympathy on the loss of your brother Ed. Having grown up with the neighborhood gang, it gave me quite a surprise when I encountered him at Knickerbocker Villa & everyone called him "Joe." Since I visited the facility often, I always stopped to see him, & he was always happy to see me. We talked about old friends - the Carns', the Thompson's, the Butler's, the Natoli's - & old times & old pets - Ed's German Shepherd & my Dalmatian Smoky. I will miss sharing his company.

I hope to see you if you are in town. If not, please know you are in my thoughts & prayers & that I would welcome any contact from you or any member of the family. I still live across the alley from your old home. Don & Peggy Peters are my neighbors & live in the Max Carns' house. I talk often with Jane Carns & her brother Louis Kent. Tomorrow night I will be meeting Johnny & Annette Natoli for dinner. I frequently remark that we grew up in the best time of the world & in the best place!

With great affection always,
Jeanne Marie Urban, Don & Marty's daughter