Joseph W. Scotchlas Funeral Home, Inc. is owned by Joseph W. and Alice Corcoran Scotchlas. Joe attended Fell High School and is a graduate of Carbondale Area School District. He attended Penn State University and Simmons School of Mortuary Science, Syracuse, NY. He interned and worked in Syracuse, Scranton and Carbondale before becoming a licensed funeral director. Joe is currently a licensed funeral director in Pennsylvania and New York. He is also a licensed insurance agent for funeral pre-planning.
Joe is the son of the late Walter A. & Yolanda Gentile Scotchlas. He married Alice, formerly of Archbald and they have three children: Joseph, Adam and Emily. All whom have help in the family business. Alice is graduate of Bishop Hannon High School, Dunmore, Mercy Hospital School of Nursing, Scranton and earned her bachelor’s degree in Nursing at Penn State University. She is a 2006 graduate of Simmons Institute of Funeral Service, Syracuse, N.Y. and was Pennsylvania licensed in 2008.
Joe is a member of the Grattan Singer Hose Co, St. Michael’s Church and Holy Name Society. He is a member of the finance council of St. Rose/ St Michael’s Parish and the Kiwanis Club, Carbondale. Joe had served as Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop #312, Simpson for 14 years and was a member of the former Lion’s Club and Eye Bank Enuclerator. He served as chairman of St. Michael’s Church 100th anniversary committee in 2003. A paramedic in his younger years he is a board member of Community Life Support Systems, Scranton. This year, 2014, Joe is co-chairman of the Fell Township Christmas Lighting Committee. He also served on the original lighting committee in the late 1980’s and has served the secretary/treasurer of the Shannon Hill Christmas Star/ Easter Cross for several years.