Joseph DePalma

Joseph William DePalma

Sunday, April 18th, 1943 - Monday, June 10th, 2019
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Age 76, of Upper St. Clair, passed away unexpectedly on June 10, 2019. Born in North Braddock to Joseph and Margaret (Brunner) DePalma. Beloved husband of Judy (Kvorjak) for almost 52 years. Loving father of Jennifer and Gary (Natalie Hernandez) DePalma. Most fun loving grandfather to Kayda, Santino, Talia, and Orlando. He is also survived by his sister and brother-in-law Audrey (DePalma) and Bill Marvenko and their large and wonderful family. Family was everything to him.

Joe was an English teacher at Upper St. Clair High School for 30+ years, teaching AP English, Creative Writing and IB English. He always remembered what it was like to be in high school and wanted his students to appreciate classic literature and poetry. He was the first boys’ soccer coach at Upper St. Clair High School and by his retirement was the Soccer Coordinator for boys’ and girls’ soccer and Assistant Athletic Director. He developed a successful program and could tell you specifics about games and players 20 and 30 years ago. Coaching was a dream come true for him. He was introduced to soccer at Slippery Rock University where he played for 4 years. He loved watching soccer grow in the Pittsburgh area and nationally over the past 40+ years.

He enjoyed the monthly breakfasts with the group of retired soccer coaches. They all joked about how competitive they were during their coaching years and how they had bonded in retirement.
He served as a Captain in the Army. He and Judy were stationed at Fort Lewis, WA for 2 years before he went to Vietnam War. He was proud of his service.

He was an active member of Zion Lutheran Church in Bridgeville. Since his retirement he enjoyed and respected the Saturday Bible Study group and was known for his KP duties most weeks.
Anyone who knew Joe knew his laugh and his wit. His biggest joy was to get on the ground and play with his grandchildren. They would climb all over him and he would laugh and make funny noises to entertain them.

Funeral arrangements by BEINHAUERS. Friends and Family are welcome at 2828 Washington Rd., McMurray, 724-941-3211 on Thursday 2-4PM & 6-8PM. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday 9:30AM at Zion Lutheran Church, 3197 Washington Pike, Bridgeville. Everyone meet at church. Inurnment following at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies with full military honors. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to Zion Lutheran Church, 3197 Washington Pike, Bridgeville, PA 15017 ( or The Wounded Warrior Project ( or The USO ( Please add or view tributes at

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  • Visitation

    Thursday, June 13th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Thursday, June 13th, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Beinhauer - Peters Township
    2828 Washington Road
    McMurray, PA 15317
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  • Second Visitation

    Thursday, June 13th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Thursday, June 13th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Beinhauer - Peters Township
    2828 Washington Road
    McMurray, PA 15317
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  • Service

    Friday, June 14th, 2019 | 9:30am
    Friday, June 14th, 2019 9:30am
    Zion Lutheran Church - Bridgeville (Missouri Synod)
    3197 Washington Pike
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    Everyone meet at church.
  • Interment

    National Cemetery of the Alleghenies
    1158 Morgan Road
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Will Kane

Posted at 09:13am
Coach, I will always cherish the memories of playing for you, winning the WPIAL Championship in 1988, traveling to Europe in the summer of 1988 and later helping you as an assistant coach. In the summer of 1987 I sustained an injury that would prevent me from playing that season. You visited me at the hospital and told me not to worry - that I would be a part of the team even if I couldn't contribute on the field. That meant so much to me. Thank you for your leadership and your friendship. Rest in peace.

Sonny A Travis

Posted at 10:41pm
Coach DePalma, I was on your first soccer team at Upper St. Clair. You were my mentor, role model and inspiration to get into coaching. Later you became my friend. The times at Virginia Wesleyan with you and Judy while coaching Gary were some of my most cherished memories. I will miss you. Thank you, Coach DePalma for impacting my life. God Bless. Sonny Travis

Chris Bart

Posted at 09:29pm
So this hits me hard. I look back and realize that i learned so much from Joe as a coach and a teacher. He pushed us beyond what we thought were our limits because he knew we were capable of more. My most sincere condolences to his family. His spirit will live on through countless students and athletes who had the honor of his guidance.

Kevin O’Connell

Posted at 07:55pm
Coach DePalma, Rest in peace and thank you for some of my fondest memories of being in your soccer program, taking us to Europe to expand our skills, and your recommendation for me to coach at Bethel Park High School. I will never forget your positive influence, and what you taught me about soccer and live. Kevin O’Connell.

Michael Kroeger

Posted at 07:19pm
I met Joe at Zion Lutheran in B'ville whenever I manned the Welcome Table at early service. I greeted and shook his hand a number of times and have a vivid memory that his eyes always twinkled and his smile was effortless and full of joy! Rest in peace, rise in glory, Joe! You will be fondly remembered! Linda Kroeger

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