K. C. Joseph, M.D.

Dr. JosephK. C. Joseph, M.D., 68, of 647 Evergreen Road, St. Marys, passed away Saturday, September 5, 2015, at Penn Highlands Elk after a brief illness.

He was born May 28, 1947, in Kerala, Trivandrum, India, son of the late K. C. and Mary Thomas Chacko. He was a graduate of St. Joseph’s High School, attended Pre-University at Intermediate College, studied pre-med at Mar Ivanios College, and graduated Medical School from Government Medical College, all in Trivandrum, India. Dr. Joseph was a board certified surgeon, having served his internship at Doctor’s Hospital in Washington, D.C., served his residency at Prince George’s County Hospital in Cheverly, MD, served at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, MD, and in 1978 joined the staff at the Andrew Kaul Memorial Hospital, now Penn Highlands Elk.

He was married to Mary Lou Yockey Joseph who survives of Lancaster, and is also survived by his partner for the past 13 years, Amy Reed of St. Marys. He is survived by two daughters, Julie Joseph of San Diego, CA and Melissa Joseph of Cincinnati, OH; a son, James K. Joseph and his wife Zoe of Philadelphia; and by a grandchild to be born this November. He is also survived by four sisters, Mary Mathew, Teresa Chacko, Elizabeth Chacko, and Claramma Chacko, all of India; and two brothers, K. C. Thomas and K. C. Francis, both of India.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, K. C. Chacko.

Dr. Joseph was a member of the Queen of the World Church, a Fellow of the International College of Surgeons, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a member of the American Medical Association. He was an artist and calligrapher.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the Queen of the World Church on Saturday, September 12, 2015, at 10:00 AM, with the Rev. Richard Allen, Pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Friday, September 11, 2015, from 5:00 until 8:00 PM.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Queen of the World Church, 134 Queens Road, St. Marys, PA 15857; the Community Nurses, Inc., 757 Johnsonburg Road, Suite 200, St. Marys, PA 15857; or to the Hahne Regional Cancer Center, 100 Hospital Avenue, DuBois, PA 15801.

Rick/Mary Lou Werneth September 8, 2015 at 10:41 am

Our deepest sympathy to Dr. Joe’s family. How blessed we all were to have been under his care and expertise. He will be sorely missed.

Edna Pollick September 8, 2015 at 10:51 am

Thank you Dr. Joe for all you did for our tiny community! Your kind and beautiful smile will live forever here in St. Marys. We love you! See you in heaven! You deserve it!

Joyce Ferris Dotson September 8, 2015 at 11:40 am

May God grant you comfort and peace through this difficult time. He will always be remembered.

Anju Jolly September 8, 2015 at 12:09 pm

I am so sad for the family for this loss. Dr. Jolly and I were so fond of Dr. Joseph and my family and I fondly remember the Thanksgiving dinners we had with the Joseph family in the mid 80’s when we first came to St. Marys.
I send my deep felt Sympathy to Julie, Jim, and Melissa. Just know he is in a better place. He served many, many patients very skillfully and helped them get better.
God Bless you all. Anju Jolly, Rashmi Jolly Dalai, and Ravi Jolly

Yolanda Jeselnick September 8, 2015 at 12:34 pm

I am the person who hired Dr. Joseph when I was on the board of Kaul Memorial Hospital. He became a wonderful gift to this little catholic community. He became also known as THE HAND OF GOD.
Some years after he was here the two of us were in an elevator in the hospital and he said: ”All right, you have to come and see me” and when I went to his office, he told me that I hade to have surgery. God love him, he took very good care of me. Years later he did a very minor surgery on me and to my surprise I had ended up in a private room, which of course he had arranged.
He will be greatly missed; not only by his family, by the people he worked with at the hospital and by many people in St. Marys and its surrounding area who were indebted to his skill.

Tom and Brenda Munz September 8, 2015 at 1:08 pm

Our thoughts and prayers are with all! Dr. Joseph was a truly caring and genuine person. His “artistry” was wonderful also. 😉 He will be remembered fondly by many! Thanks for your care, Dr. Joe!

Kathleen Ford September 8, 2015 at 1:36 pm

Will be sadly missed. Worked in operating room with Dr. Joe. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Sharon (Meyer) Erich September 8, 2015 at 1:40 pm

Amy & all of Dr. Joe’s family….so sorry for your loss!! He will be greatly missed by many!!

Kathy Reuscher September 8, 2015 at 1:58 pm

Julie, Melissa, James and Zoe: We are keeping each one of you in our thoughts and prayers. Your father (and father-in-law) was such a gentle person. His skillfull hands took care of several people in our fair City and surrowing areas. He will be sadly missed. We pray that all of you will sit together and remember all the times you shared with your father and one another. All of you will remember him differently then we will as a Community. May the grace of God touch and be with all of you knowing that your father is now watching down upon each of you.
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Manager Linda Decker and Staff.

Sarah Blazek September 8, 2015 at 2:29 pm

Dear Julie, Melissa, Jim, and family. May you find comfort and peace throughout this difficult time. He took such wonderful care of my family, myself, and the community. A talented physician. One of a kind. He will be missed.

Jodi Cool-Swasta September 8, 2015 at 3:43 pm

Such a wonderful man. He always had a smile for me and was such a great friend to my father. I bet they are talking, non-stop, of course, up in heaven! I will never forget him. I send family and friends all of my love, condolences, and prayers. Just know how much he meant to everyone. He will be sorely missed.

Rashmi Jolly September 8, 2015 at 4:54 pm

Dear Julie, Melissa, Jim and Mary Lou,

I am so saddened by your loss. You and your dad were such a wonderful part of my childhood. The memories still make me smile. I wish you strength and closeness during this time.

Much love,


Diane Scutella September 8, 2015 at 5:01 pm

What a devastating loss to Penn Highlands Elk, our community & my family. We will never forget the times you made us laugh Dr. Joe. You were one of a kind! May God welcome you with open arms . Well done… You are now with the Divine Healer. Deepest sympathy to your children & family in India.

Ravi Jolly September 8, 2015 at 5:03 pm

Dear Julie, Melissa, Jim and family. I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your father. I have fond memories of him from our childhood, and I know he was a positive figure in the community. I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Chris and Karen Smith September 8, 2015 at 5:19 pm

Dr. Joe will be missed, he gave time and care to this community. Don’t think there was one family member he did not help through the years,,, He WILL be missed,, Safe travels.

Mr. & Mrs. Kevin Straub September 8, 2015 at 6:08 pm

Dr. Joe was a wonderful man, doctor, caring person. He did plenty of surgeries on myself and took care of my family also. Dr. Joe cared about everyone he talked to; he had a caring heart. Dr. Joe will truly be missed. They will never be able to find a surgeon like Dr. Joe, he had a special talent and special hands to go with that talent. So RIP Dr. Joe, your family has a special angel. And they can be very proud to call you their dad, brother, father-in-law.

Dawn Vogt September 8, 2015 at 6:11 pm

RIP Dr. Joe..I miss you already…I go into work and look around for you to tell me my daily joke..You always made me laugh..I will miss you very much..Our community lost a great man and a fantastic suregeon..My sympathies to all his family and friends..

Jay Patankar September 8, 2015 at 9:14 pm

Joe, we were coming to see you soon but you are already gone!
I will miss you. You always came to rescue us in Emergency Room, 24/7.
Our Heartfelt Sympathy to Amy and Family, we will miss you!
Jay and Sue

Mrs. Leo Winters Jr. September 9, 2015 at 12:00 am

Dr. Joseph was a great person & wonderful doctor who will be sadly missed by many people here in St. Marys. May his family find comfort & peace through this difficult time. May he rest in peace.

Tricia (Reuscher) Turley September 9, 2015 at 9:12 am

Julie, Jim and Melissa, we are so sorry to hear about dad’s passing. We hope that the love of family and friends will comfort and strengthen you in the days ahead.
Tricia, Josh and Liam Turley

Michael Corwin September 9, 2015 at 11:40 am

We’re thinking of the Joseph family during this difficult time, especially our friends Jim, Julie, and Melissa. Our heartfelt condolences to you for your loss.
Michael, Julie, and Eli Corwin

Alex Sidtis September 9, 2015 at 5:02 pm

We’re thinking of the Joseph family during this difficult time, especially our friends Jim, Julie, and Melissa. Our heartfelt condolences to you for your loss.
Alex, Corrine, Océane & Isla

Leo and Ellen Lenze September 10, 2015 at 2:04 am

Our prayers are with the Joseph Family. He was a wonderful person and a great surgeon. Thank you God for letting us have him for this short time.

Leo and Ellen Lenze

Loretta Feronti September 10, 2015 at 12:58 pm

To Amy and all of Dr. Joseph’s Family:
You have my deepest sympathy. This is such a great loss to Penn Highlands Elk and our community. Dr. Joseph has been one of two of the great surgeons we have had in our community for the many years that I have worked in the medical field and we have been so fortunate to have two of the greatest !!! We will miss him so much walking through the ER and seeing him in the halls of the hospital. He always had a great smile for you and something nice to say. We will all miss him very much and know he is in a much better place with the Lord. May the family be at peace knowing he is with God.


Jim & Laura DeLullo September 10, 2015 at 1:49 pm

With deepest sympathy Amy & family and Dr Joseph’s family.
May God give you strength and comfort in your time of sorrow.
Jim and Laura DeLullo & Family

Jim and Kathy Wonderly September 10, 2015 at 3:17 pm

Please accept our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Dr. Joe was a great friend to all of us and a wonderful neighbor to Dad and Edie. We will miss him.

Jim and Kathy Wonderly

Brenda and Carl Keech September 10, 2015 at 9:06 pm

Our deepest sympathy to the family and close friends and coworkers of Dr. Joe, he was very talented in many ways. He had a true gift and touched many, many lives in this community, I personally thank God for all he has done for myself and our family over the years! Rest in peace, you have earned your wings in heaven Dr. Joe! He will be missed and remembered for years to come.

Ron & Denise Simbeck September 10, 2015 at 11:07 pm

Sending our deepest sympathy and prayers to Dr. Joe’s family and friends. He certainly was an angel of God because he created many miracles not just by the use of his skilled hands but by his genuine love and caring for people. He will be greatly missed. God Bless you all.
Ron and Denise Simbeck & Family

Angie Walter September 11, 2015 at 9:03 am

Sending my most sincere condolences and sympathy for all of Dr. Joseph’s family and friends.

Doc and Dona Lyons September 11, 2015 at 11:25 am

So very sorry for your loss. He will be greatly missed by all.
God be with all of you during this sad time.
Doc and Dona

Susan Luchs September 11, 2015 at 6:56 pm

Dear family of a great physician and caring man~~I first met Dr. Joe when he did surgery on me in 1999…and then again he helped fix two trigger fingers at the med surg Center~~ What a caring man..and a good artist..I loved his artwork that we both created in Lynda Pontzer’s art studio..I love the portrait he did of one of his daughters & many more creative efforts.. art was his hobby and we all enjoyed him in art class..very nice guy. May he rest in peace.
S.L. Ridgway,PA

Art & Paulette Geyer September 12, 2015 at 11:04 pm

Dear Dr. Joseph Family,
Our heartfelt sympathy to you. We are so sad with the loss of Dr. Joseph. He was so good to Art & I. I will especially miss him as he took care of many of my health needs. I last saw him in December 2014 and asked him when he was going to retire. He said “not yet, I love what I do and I love the patients.” Find comfort in the fact that his patients loved him too.

Marie Mcgill September 13, 2015 at 6:47 pm

I am sending my deepest sympathy to the family of Dr. Joseph. He took care of me many times and also my husband. The last time I spoke to him was April of 2014 on the 2nd floor of the Hospital. He asked what I was doing there and I told him my Husband was very sick and only had days to live. He told me how sorry he was and gave me a hug. Sadly just a little over a year after my husband’s passing we lost Dr. Joseph to the same illness that took my husband’s life. Dr. Joseph was a Great Surgeon and a kind and caring Man. He will be greatly missed. There should be more doctors like him. Rest in Peace, Dr. Joseph.

Bob and Patty Carnes November 23, 2015 at 3:52 pm

Sure do miss you, my friend and doctor. You’re the greatest.

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