Joseph J. Prior - February 18, 2014

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SELKIRK – Joseph J. Prior, 83, passed away peacefully February 18, 2014 with his loving family by his side. Joe was a veteran of the US Air Force serving as a jet engine mechanic during the Korean War. He was a longtime employee of Exxon Corp and a lifetime member of the Bethlehem Elks Club.


Survivors include his loving wife of 61 years, Shirley; children, Andy (Janice) Prior, Susan (Michael) Zakens, Jim (Donna) Prior, Kenneth Prior, Kate Gardner and MaryAnn (Michael) Ortiz; grandchildren, Cherie (Ken) Dottino, Andy and Rob Prior, Colleen Jones, Kim (Bob) Philip, Chris (Dan) Burns, Cate and Michael Zakens, Jessica (Aaron) Rice, Adam and Jacob Prior, Elissa and Christopher Ortiz and Katherine Prior; 12 great-grandchildren; and sister, Marjorie Terry. Joseph was predeceased by his son Larry Prior, brothers Daniel and Robert Prior and sisters, Catherine Stephany, Helen Dollard, Virginia Murray and Angela Haggerty.


Funeral services will be held 9 AM Monday, February 24th at St. Patrick’s Church, Coeymans. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Glenmont. Friends may call at the Babcock Funeral Home, Ravena on Sunday from 3 to 6 PM.


In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Delmar-Bethlehem EMS or St. Jude Children’s Hospital.