BROOKFIELD - Joshua Pius Hamder, 33, of Brookfield, passed away unexpectedly at 4:41 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, in his residence.
Mr. Hamder was born June 5, 1980, in Sharon, Pa., a son of Peter and Maria Oleskey Hamder Jr.
A 1998 graduate of Sharpsville High School, he was proud to be part of the 1997 Sharpsville football state title team. Josh was currently a senior at Youngstown State University, where he was a political science major.
He was honored to serve his country in the 148th Infantry Regiment of the Ohio National Guard. Over his six years of service, he was deployed for one year to Selfridge Air Force Base in Michigan when 9/11 occurred. He was also deployed to the Louisiana Superdome where he assisted the residents impacted by Hurricane Katrina.
Mr. Hamder was employed out of Labor Union Local 125 as a mason tender in the construction industry.
Joshua was of Catholic faith.
He was a member of the Free and Accepted Masons Copper Penny Lodge 778, Vienna. Mr. Hamder was an avid weightlifter and was highly knowledgeable about the sport. He enjoyed hunting; football; watching movies, especially documentaries; and was passionate about his country and politics. Josh truly loved everyone, from the moment that you met him, he became your friend.
Surviving are his mother, Maria and her husband, Bruce Shaffer of Brookfield; his father, Peter Hamder Jr. of Hermitage, Pa.; maternal grandmother, Barbara Oleskey of Hermitage; maternal grandfather, Pius Oleskey Jr.; grandmother, Katherine Shaffer of Brookfield; six aunts and uncles, Monica and her husband, Lou Monaco of Allentown, Pa., Barbara and her husband, Tom Sitar of Sharon, Pa., Geralyn and her husband, John Jurko of Yankee Lake, Missy and her husband, Gerry Mensurati of Brookfield; Pius and his wife, Rochelle Oleskey of Seattle, and Dale and his wife, Kathy Shaffer of Brookfield. He is also survived by numerous cousins.
Joshua was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Alice and Peter Bilich, and grandfather Bruce Shaffer.
Calling hours will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the J. Bradley McGonigle Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 1090 E. State St., Sharon.
Mass of Christian burial will be 11 a.m. Friday in the Church of Notre Dame with the Msgr. Edward J. Zeitler.
Burial will take place in St. Adalbert's Cemetery with military honors being rendered by the Veterans of Foreign Wars West Middlesex Post 6233 and the Wheatland American Legion Post 432.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Community Food Warehouse, 109 S. Sharpsville Ave. Suite A, Sharon, Pa. 16146.
Friends may email condolences by visiting www.McGonigleFuneralHomeandCrematory.com.