Joseph “ Joey” Michael Schroeder, 36 of Pittsburgh, passed away on Monday December 7, 2020 at his home.
He was born July 24, 1984 to Steven and Patricia (Lotito) Schroeder in Pittsburgh.
He lived the first 3 years of his vibrant life here in Punxsutawney.
He was a 2003 graduate of Indiana High School, where he was a tennis team standout as a 3 year Letterman. He attended Seton Hill University on a tennis scholarship. Joey received a BS degree from LaRoche College in Pittsburgh- where he received the W.E.B. DuBois award for outstanding academic excellence in Sociology. He received his Master’s Degree from the University of Pittsburgh in Clinical Rehab & Mental Health Counseling. There he distinguished himself: he was awarded the Virginia Kaufman Award for outstanding support and accomplishment as a graduate student in the Rehab Science Field at the Honors Convocation.
He was employed by Tadiso Inc. of Pittsburgh as a Mental Health and Clinical Rehab Counselor.
Joey was a Veteran of the War on Terror serving with the United States Marines. He was stationed overseas and also in San Diego, CA. prior to his Graduate work.
He is survived by his wife, Emily (Manganaro) Schroeder, Pittsburgh. His parents, Steven and Patricia Schroeder, Indiana. His children, Maci & Nicholas Schroeder of Pemberton NJ. His Brother & Best Friend, Kenneth of Indiana (Brooke) & niece Mia and Brother Nicholas of Madison, CT (Laura) with Nieces Allie, Liz, Nephew, Christian...Oh,so many Aunts & Uncles & cousins, many good friends, and his K-9 Companion “Chance”-also a Veteran.
He was preceded in death by his Maternal Grandparents Beatrice & Nicholas Lotito
& Paternal Grandparents Muriel & Kenneth Schroeder.
He was a lifelong Roman Catholic, most recently a member of St. Thomas More University Parish, where he served as an usher. He was also a lifelong Notre Dame fan! Go Irish!
He brought great joy and true caring and comfort to all who knew him. He was a true champion of the underdog and a relentless high achiever in all he attempted to accomplish. He will be terribly missed and most gently and intensely remembered. The gifts he used to help others will live on forever, as he will in our hearts and memories and the quality of our lives he was in.
“...he is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive.” Luke 20:38
Friends will be received from 2-4 and 6-8 PM on Friday at the McCabe Funeral Home Inc. 114 Maple Ave., Punxsutawney, PA
A funeral mass will be celebrated at 11:00 AM Saturday at Saint Cosmas and Damian Catholic Church, Punxsutawney, PA
Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery, Punxsutawney, PA
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