Joseph W. Pienta, an Orchard Park resident and former bar owner and Bethlehem Steel Corp. employee, died Thursday in Autumn View Health Care facility after a brief illness. He was 89.
Born in Lackawanna, Mr. Pienta began working for Bethlehem Steel in 1933.
He served in the U.S. Army Air Forces from 1941 to 1945, earning numerous citations and leaving with the rank of sergeant. He returned to the steel plant and retired in 1974.
Mr. Pienta also owned Jo & Ann's Tavern in Lackawanna from 1950 to 1965.
He enjoyed golf and placed well in tournaments in his 70s and 80s. He was a member of the Elma Meadows Golf Club until he was 82.
His wife, Josephine Sperduti Pienta, died in 2003.
He is survived by two sons, Donald J. Livsey of Lake Placid, Fla., and James T. Livsey of Cheektowaga; 17 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered today in St. Bernadette's Catholic Church, Orchard Park, after prayers in Lombardo Funeral Home, Orchard Park. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, Lackawanna.