Joseph P. Kolter

September 3, 1926September 8, 2019

Joseph P. Kolter, 93, Harrisburg, formerly of Daugherty Township, passed away at the Hershey Medical Center on September 8, 2019. He was born September 3, 1926 in McDonald, OH, son of the late Stephen and Frances Kolter. Joseph graduated from New Brighton High School, Class of 1944. During the time between his junior and senior year Joe enlisted in the Army Air Force. He proudly served his country from 1944 to 1947 during WWII. Following his Honorable Discharge he returned home and was a member of the American Legion Post, New Brighton for 55 years and a member of Veteran of Foreign Wars, Beaver Falls. Joe was also a past member of the Optimist Club and Sons of Italy. In 1949, he married his lovely wife Dorothy (Gray) Kolter at St. Joseph Church, New Brighton and was blessed to enjoy 62 years of marriage before her passing. Joe earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Geneva College in 1950. He had a diverse career in business and public service. Joe was an Accountant, a Teacher and Roller Skating Rink Manager. He served as a New Brighton Councilman from 1961 to 1965, until winning the election for State Representative. He served in the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from 1969 to 1982. During his tenure, Joe served as the Chairman of the Transportation Committee. He was subsequently elected to the Ninety-eighth Congress of the United States and to the four succeeding terms. He served from January 3, 1983 to January 3, 1993. Joe loved to watch all of the Pittsburgh teams play sports. A few career highlights of which he was most proud: Joe worked with the Governor’s Office of Communications and was a sponsor of legislation instituting the use of 911 for all emergencies in Pennsylvania that was signed into law by Governor Milton Shapp in 1978; he arranged the purchase of the New Brighton Armory for $1.00 dollar from the State of Pennsylvania for use by New Brighton, which is now the New Brighton Borough Building; he secured funds to build the New Brighton-Beaver Falls bridge form the transportation committees in the State and United State Congress. In addition to his parents, Joe was preceded in death by his loving wife Dorothy and his brother John Kolter. Joe was a loving family man. He raised and is survived by three sons: Joseph Kolter Jr., MD. and his wife Rebecca of Gilbert, AZ; James Kolter, MD, and his wife Pamela of Spring City, PA; David Kolter and his wife Carla of Hummelstown, PA and one daughter: Julie Kolter of New Brighton; seven grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren. Joe is also survived by his sister: Josephine Milligan of Sewell, NJ; and one brother: Robert Kolter, New Brighton; and many nephews and nieces and extended family. Friends will be received on Monday, September 16, 2019 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the SAUL-GABAUER FUNERAL HOME, INC., 273 Route 68, Rochester (adjacent to Sylvania Hills Memorial Park Mausoleum. Military Honors will be presented by members of the Beaver County Special Unit at 1 p.m. followed by a brief service to remember, honor and celebrate his life. Private interment will be in Sylvania Hills Memorial Park. On line condolences may be offered at


  • Visitation Monday, September 16, 2019
  • Military Honors Monday, September 16, 2019
  • Funeral Service and Celebration of Life Monday, September 16, 2019


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Thomas Peluso

September 24, 2019

Most sincere condolences to my great friend Dave Kolter and the entire Kolter family on the loss of Joe who was a friend of my father's.

Please be at peace with his passing as you know where he is now... without doubt. Take the time to celebrate all the wonderful memories of him and Dorothy. Oh how their great reunion must have been!!! :)

Prayers for those left behind.


September 18, 2019

Jim , Pam, and Kolter family, So sorry for your loss. Deepest sympathy and prayers.

The Colao Family

Debbie Lewchenko Baker

September 15, 2019

My sympathy to your family. My parents knew your father Joe very well. They were in the Chippewa Democrat Club and campaigned for Joe. I remember those days very well. I do want you to know that Joe was very instrumental in helping my parents with my brother who was born with many handicaps from Rubella measles. My brother is also responsible for the Rubella vaccine in 1969 when it was developed. He went to school at Royal Greaves in Paoli, Pa School for the blind until 21 years old. Joe helped my parents to have the state help them to continue his residence there. They always commended Joe for his help. I was the oldest of eleven children and remembered all of the campaigning as a child and young girl. Unfortunately my dad passed three years ago at 92 years old. I wanted to express my sympathy and your dad's tremendous help what he did for my parents. With sympathy, Debbie Lewchenko Baker

George Rossick

September 14, 2019

It is a difficult to put into words the value Joe added to our lives over the years. I will remember his friendship and kindness especially the bond my father shared with him.They were brothers in this life and I am sure they are brothers in the life after.
My sympathy and love to your family
George Rossick

Kim Dwyer

September 13, 2019

My deepest condolences to my cousins.
My prayer’s are with you all at this time.
Love to all,
Kim, Butch, Kelly, Kaylee, Kinsley


September 13, 2019

Uncle Joe,
You brought happiness to many people, including my family. We will always remember your kindness and the way you touch our heart. God now has you in his arms and will keep you by his side.
I pray for your family during this time of sorrow.

Thomas and Kimberly Dwyer and Family.