Joseph M. Petlock, 67

Joseph M. Petlock, 67, of Ocean View, Del., and formerly of Altoona, Pa. — a multiple sclerosis warrior of 12 years — passed away on Monday, Dec. 31, 2018, at his home, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born on April 8, 1951, in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., son of Rita (Bawiec) Petlock and the late Joseph Petlock Jr.

Petlock graduated from G.A.R. High School, in the Class of 1969. He earned a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from College Misericordia in 1985. Working in hospitals in the Wilkes-Barre and Altoona areas, Petlock’s focus was on hand therapy.

Above all, he was a loving and devoted husband, son, father, grandfather, stepfather, brother and friend. He was loved by many and will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

Petlock is survived by his beloved wife of 26 years, Melanie Stell Petlock of Ocean View, Del.; his mother, Rita Petlock of Wilkes-Barre; his sons, Christopher Petlock and his wife, Rachael, of Sonoma, Calif., Brian Petlock and his wife, Lori, of Altoona, and Joseph R. Petlock of Bethlehem, Pa.; his daughters, Mercedes Stiver and her spouse, Lee, of Swansboro, N.C., and Tara Petlock of Scranton, Pa.; his stepchildren, Nicole Brehm and her husband, John, and Jordan Jones, all of Altoona; his 10 grandchildren; his soon-to be great-granddaughter; and his brothers, John Petlock and his wife, Lynn, of Sugar Run, Pa., Thomas Petlock and his wife, Janice, of Larksville, Pa., and Matthew Petlock and his wife, Nancy, of Mountain Top, Pa.; and last, but not least, his “girls” — his loyal canine companions Bella and Pinkie.

Services were to be private, with arrangements by Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium in Ocean View, Del. Condolences may be sent online at