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Joseph G. Oberdorf


August 14, 2020


Joseph G. Oberdorf, 76, of Riverside PA passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Friday, August 14, 2020 at his residence.  He was born on January 15, 1944 in Danville PA the son of the late Chester and Mazie Shultz Oberdorf. 

He is survived by his devoted wife of 56 years, Jean C. Roeder Oberdorf.  They were married June 26, 1965 

Joseph graduated from Danville High School in 1962 and attended Williamsport Area Community College. 

He was employed as a Payroll Manager at the Rea and Derick Office in Northumberland PA from 1965 to 1984 at which time he became the Riverside Borough Manager, retiring in 2005. He served recently as the Mahoning Township Secretary.  He was elected as the Mayor of Riverside in 2013 through 2017. 

Joseph was a member of First Baptist Church of Danville PA where he served on the Board of Trustees and was a Youth Bible Teacher. 

He also served the Montour County Council of Governments as Treasurer/President and was a member of the Southside Fire Company. 

As an eight-month-old baby, he contracted polio which affected his right leg, but was resilient throughout his life playing many sports.  He enjoyed every sport that he tried including fishing of all kinds, hunting of all kinds, tennis and scuba diving.  His favorite sport was coaching the youth in baseball. He received his strength from watching the kids in AAA baseball, Little League 9-12 year olds and then coaching them when they were in their teens as a Junior Legion Coach. 

Joe was deeply devoted to his family.  He cherished his wife, children and grandchildren.  He was known for his smile and great sense of humor. A friend to everyone, Joe was an invested listener that radiated warmth and quiet wisdom. 

In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son, Joseph T. Oberdorf and his wife Robin of Riverside and Christine Oberdorf Coleman and her husband Christopher of Danville PA.  Also surviving are two grandchildren; Jacob and Mina Oberdorf; both of whom he adored.  Several nieces and nephews also survive him. 

He is also survived by two brothers; William Oberdorf and his wife Betty of Virginia, and John Oberdorf and his wife Ann of Penn Run PA.   

He was preceded in death by one brother, James Bower and two sisters, Phyllis Zlomsowitch and Florence Foust. 

Services and burial will be private at the convenience of the family.  The family will provide flowers.  Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church of Danville 12 Brookside Drive Danville PA 17821. 

Arrangements are under the direction of the Visneski Funeral Home, Inc. 42 West Mahoning Street Danville PA 17821.

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