John Daughenbaugh, Supervisor
106 W. Sycamore Street
Snow Shoe, PA 16874
Phone: 814-387-6000
Fax: 814-387-6250

Barbara A. Daughenbaugh, Supervisor
228 S Pennsylvania Ave
P.O. Box 579
Centre Hall, PA 16828
Phone: 814-364-1099
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Joseph Basalla

Joseph M "Joe" Basalla

Tuesday, August 16th, 1938 - Monday, January 14th, 2019
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Joseph M. “Joe” Basalla, 80, of Clarence, passed away on Monday, January 14, 2019 at the Mount Nittany Medical Center. Born on August 16, 1938, in Clarence, he was the son of the late Joseph G. and Mary M. Simcisko Basalla. On September 2, 1967, in Clarence, he married Andrea A. Bucha who survives at home.
Joe attended the Snow Shoe High School before he joined the United States Army. He earned the rank of SP4 before his honorable discharge. He received the Good Conduct Medal and the Marksman Badge for his service.
When Joe returned home from the military service, he went to work at JH France Refractory and worked there for over 40 years. He then went to work for Smitchko Tool and Tie and retired after 5 years of service.
Joe was a member of the Queen of Archangels Parish Church in Clarence. He was also a member of the Clarence American Legion Post 813 and a long-time member of the Three Point Sportsman Club in Clarence.
Joe was very active in the Clarence American Legion Post 813 and Snow Shoe VFW Post 5644 Honor Guard. He was Sergeant At Arms for over 50 years. He enjoyed baking and cooking traditional Slovak foods, hunting, fishing, and being with his grandchildren. He liked being outdoors, mowing grass, weed eating, gardening, and hunting for mushrooms.
Joe is survived by his wife, two sons; Don J. Basalla and wife, Kelly, of Julian and Dennis A. Basalla and his fiancé, Jeri Gonder McPhail, of Clarence and three grandchildren, Mackenzie, Gabriel, and Heath. He is also survived by one brother, John Basalla and his wife, Mary, of Cleveland, OH.
Along with his parents, Joe was preceded in death by five brothers, Jerome, George, Ralph, Dennis, and Michael.
Visitation will be on Friday, January 18, 2019 from 6-8pm at the Daughenbaugh Funeral Home in Snow Shoe with a Rosary service at 7:45pm. Funeral Mass will be on Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 11am at the Queen of Archangel Parish Church in Clarence with Father Michael Wolfe officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow at St. Michaels Catholic Cemetery in Clarence.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Clarence American Legion Post 813 C/O The Honor Guard, 1171 Clarence Rd, Clarence, PA 16829
Arrangements have been entrusted to Daughenbaugh Funeral Home, 106 W. Sycamore St. Snow Shoe. An online guest book can be signed or condolences to the family available at
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, January 18th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Friday, January 18th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Daughenbaugh Funeral Home
    106 W. Sycamore St.
    SNOW SHOE, PA 16874
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  • Wake Service 1

    Friday, January 18th, 2019 | 7:45pm
    Friday, January 18th, 2019 7:45pm
  • Service

    Saturday, January 19th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saturday, January 19th, 2019 11:00am
    Queen of Archangels Church
    102 Church St
    CLARENCE, PA 16829
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    Father Michael Wolfe
  • Interment

    St. Michael's Catholic Cemetery
    Snow Shoe Township
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Donations are being accepted for: Clarence American Legion, Post 813.


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Nadine Bowling Basalla

Posted at 03:32pm
Andrea and family, So very sorry to hear of Joeys passing. He was a wonderful man. Prayers for the family! May God comfort you at this difficult time.

Emily Basalla

Posted at 08:44pm
I am so sorry to hear about the passing of
uncle Joey. Praying for all of you! -Emily Basalla

Linda Grieb Sagan and Dave DiCola

Posted at 03:31pm
With deepest sympathy and love.
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Posted at 06:48am
Sorry to hear of your fathers passing. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
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Doug Smitchko family

Posted at 07:32pm
With deepest sympathy.
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