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Reverend Joseph J. Fanti

July 20, 1939 ~ January 15, 2022 (age 82)

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The Reverend Joseph J. Fanti, retired priest of the Diocese of Allentown, died at the Green Ridge Health Care and Rehab Center, Scranton, PA on Saturday, Jan 15.  He was 82 years of age. 

Born in Archbald, he was the son of the late Anthony and Carmella Adamo Fanti.  He was a graduate of Archbald High School and attended University of Scranton and Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, Maryland

He was ordained to the Priesthood on June 2, 1990 by the Most Reverend Thomas J. Walsh, Bishop of Allentown, at the Cathedral of Saint Catharine of Siena, Allentown.  Father Fanti was assigned as Parochial Vicar, Sacred Heart Parish, Bath, and subsequently Parochial Vicar, St Catherine of Siena Parish, Mount Penn.  In 1993, at his request, he was released for service to the Diocese of Scranton.  He spent most of his priestly duties at Queen of Angels Parish, Jessup, until his health declined.

Surviving are his caring sister, Catherine Inells and husband Paul, Archbald, nieces Annette Miller, Florida, Sarah Harrison and husband Tom, Archbald, nephew, Patrick Munley and partner Kim, Florida, great niece Angela Yachna and husband Edward, great nephews Bryan Munley, Trevor Miller, Ian Miller, Trey Miller, Colin Munley and Thomas Harrison, great-great niece Carmella Yachna and great-great nephew Giulio Yachna and several cousins.  

Preceded in death is a brother, Anthony Fanti, in 2011.

The family would like to send a sincere appreciation to the staff at the Green Ridge Health Care Center for their dedicated health care delivery to our beloved Father Fanti and also to Personal Home Healthcare and Hospice, Blakely.

A mass of Christian Burial for Father Fanti will be celebrated by the Most Reverend Alfred A. Schlert, Bishop of Allentown at Christ the King Parish, St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Archbald on Saturday, January, 29 at 10 am.  Those wishing to attend are asked to go directly to the church.  There is no Viewing and Interment is private.  Family requests no flowers.  Donations in Father Fanti’s name to the donor’s favorite charity.

Arrangements entrusted to the Louis J. Rapoch Funeral Home, Archbald.  To offer condolences to the family, visit the funeral home web page.


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Mass of Christian Burial
January 29, 2022

10:00 AM
St. Thomas Aquinas Church
411 Church St
Archbald, Pennsylvania 18403

Private Services

Private Interment

Our Mother of Sorrow Cemetery
Finch Hill
Greenfield Twp, PA 18407

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