Joan Permuka

Obituary of Joan Permuka

Joan (Zundel) Permuka, age 85 of Mount Pleasant, PA, died Friday (6/7/2019) at her home, surrounded by her loving family.


Mrs. Permuka was born February 16, 1934 in Youngwood, PA, the daughter of the late Ernest  and Martha Kuhn Zundel.  She was a member of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Joan was a 1951 graduate of the former Ramsay High School. She had been employed as a clerk for the former Simons Store and Davidsons in Mount Pleasant. Joan enjoyed playing cards, reading and taking care of her family.  She enjoyed having fun and she loved to laugh.


She is survived by her loving family: her devoted husband of over 60 years,  John J. Permuka, Jr. and by her children;  Wanda Permuka, Louise (Frank) Ponko, Linda (Donald) Poorbaugh and  Richard (Michelle) Permuka, all of Mt. Pleasant and John (Donna) Permuka of RuffsDale. She will be greatly missed by her grandchildren;  D.J (Kaitlin), Justine, Cody (Lexi)  and  Lauren Poorbaugh,  Noah and Joshua Ponko and Ashleigh Permuka, by her step grandchildren; Brandon (Marissa) and Wade (Whitney) Williams, great grandchildren, Brantley and Bristol Poorbaugh and step great grandchildren;  Michael, Baylee, Mayson, Merik, and Brooklyn Williams. Joan is also survived by her brother,Ernest R.(Marietta)  Zundel,  sister-in-law, Alberta Mates, and brother-in-law,  John Vrable. In addition to her parents,  Joan was also preceeded in death by her in laws,  John J. (Mary)  Permuka, Sr., her brother, the  Rev. Donald K. (Jean) Zundel, In laws,  Michael and Frances Kern, Emerson Mates, Thomas and Ann Clawson, and Rose Vrabel.


Family and friends will be received Monday from 2 to 8 PM  at the Galone-Caruso Funeral Home, 204 Eagle Street, Mount Pleasant.

Funeral Services will be held Tuesday  at 11:00 AM in the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 822 West Main Street, Mount Pleasant, with the Rev. Brian Chaffee officiating.


Private Inurnment will be in the Middle Presbyterian Cemetery, Mount Pleasant. The family wishes to thank Heartland Hospice, especially Sue, Sam, Brittany and Chaplain Steve and the Rev. Brian Chaffee for their care and compassion during Joan’s illness. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions may be made to the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 822 West Main Street, Mt. Pleasant, PA 15666, in memory of Joan (Zundel) Permuka.  To offer an online condolence, please visit our website at:


Visitation at Funeral Home

2:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Monday, June 10, 2019
Galone-Caruso Funeral Home Inc.
204 Eagle Street
Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania, United States

Memorial Service

11:00 am
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
822 W. Main Street
Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania, United States
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