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Joseph Sever Sr.

March 21, 1931 ~ January 24, 2022 (age 90)


Joseph Sever Sr., 90, of West Newton, passed away Monday, Jan. 24, 2022, in Jefferson Hospital. He was born March 21, 1931, in Keystone, PA, a son of the late Mirko and Mildred (Vargo) Sever. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Kimberly Cesarek; two sisters, Margaret Sever and Helen Nalepa; six brothers, John, James, Walter, Frank, Paul and George Sever. Joe was an Army veteran, having served during the Korean Conflict. Prior to his retirement in 1991, he was a shop supervisor-mechanic, having worked for Scholl Tractor Sales Inc., Elizabeth. He was a member of St. Edward Church, Herminie. Joe enjoyed gardening and hunting. He loved to play euchre, boating and tinkering in his shop. He was a member of the Herminie VFW Post No. 8427. Joe is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Dixie Lee (Thorne) Sever; two sons, Joseph (Ruth) Sever Jr. and Matthew James (Carla) Sever, both of West Newton; four special grandchildren, Joseph Sever III, Rebecca (Chris) Nelson, Matthew Sever and loving companion, Tammie Neyman, and Dustin Cesarek; two great-granddaughters, Haley and Reagan; two brothers, Tom Sever and Robert Sever, both of West Newton; two sisters, Nancy Roshon, of West Newton, and Mildred McBeth, of Madison; and numerous nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews. He will be dearly missed by his family, friends and neighbors. There will be no public visitation per Joe's wishes. JOSEPH W. NICKELS FUNERAL HOME INC., 404 Sewickley Ave., Herminie, PA 15637, 724-446-7251, is in charge of arrangements. A private inurnment will be held in West Newton Cemetery. To send online condolences, please visit

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