Joseph (Joe) Pishner, 96, of Zanesville, Ohio passed away December 12, 2020 at The Oaks at Bethesda after a brief illness. He was born September 20, 1924 in Gypsy, W.Va, and was the proud son of Italian immigrants, the late Dominick and Mary (Costa) Pishner of Clarksburg, W.Va. Joe graduated from St. Mary’s high school in 1941, and by 1943 he was headed overseas as part of the United States Army’s 125th Anti-Aircraft Gun Battalion of World War II. While in Europe, his unit was tasked with shooting down German V-1 Buzz Bombs and participated in the protection of London, Cherbourg, Brussels, the port of Antwerp, and the Battle of Bulge. After the war, Joe returned to West Virginia and attended West Virginia University on the GI Bill. He graduated in 1949 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. In 1956, Joe married Eva (Levicki) Pishner in Akron, Ohio where he had taken an accounting job with BF Goodrich. They later moved to Newark, Ohio when he accepted a position with Kaiser Aluminum. The couple finally settled in Zanesville when Joe took a job as office manager and controller for Mosaic Tile. In 1966, he took a position with Good Samaritan Medical Center where he eventually rose to Vice President and Chief
Financial Officer. He was a longtime parishioner and usher at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, and a member of the Knights of Columbus, Council 505. He was also a member of many other community and business organizations too numerous to mention here.
Joe was a passionate gardener who had a knack for growing delicious tomatoes and sweet basil. He was a world-class turkey carver and a master of roast leg of lamb. His authentic Italian meatballs and champagne punch are cherished family traditions. He was skilled tinkerer who could fix just about anything, and his ability to find garage sale bargains and grocery deals was legendary.
Joe is survived by his children; Karen Linser, Gene Pishner, Janet (Scott) Mittman, Nancy Pishner Noll, and Ann (Brian) Williams; grandchildren, Jenny (Eric) Braun, J.J. Linser, Alisa, Andrew, Carolyn and Jason Noll, Allison and Jacob Mittman, Camille and Claire Williams, and a son-in-law, Jeff Linser. In addition to his parents, He was preceded in death by his wife, Eva A. Levicki Pishner, a son Joseph James Pishner, and siblings Mary Pinion, Larry Pishner and Louis Pishner all of Clarksburg, W.Va.
The family will have a private mass and burial with military honors. A public celebration of life will be held at a later date with details announced in the spring of 2021.
Special thanks to Fr. Sullivan and the St. Thomas Aquinas Church community for their support throughout Joe’s life. Thanks also to all the staff at The Oaks at Bethesda for their loving attention to Joe in the last days of his life. A very special thanks to all the staff at The Fieldhouse for the love, support and friendship they showed to Joe through the years.
Memorial contributions in Joe’s honor can be made to The Fieldhouse Foundation Field of Dreams Project c/o The Field House, 300 Sunrise Center Drive, Zanesville, OH 43701. Memorials may also be sent to St. Thomas Catholic Church, or the Muskingum County Veterans Appreciation Foundation at 4420 Dresden Road in Zanesville.
The Bryan & Hardwick Funeral Home, 2318 Maple Ave. Zanesville is in charge of the arrangements. To share memories and condolences with Joe’s family please click on the Tribute Wall tab on this page.
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