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Joseph J. Heston, 64, of Laflin, died Tuesday at home. He was born on Aug. 19, 1939, son of the late Joseph A. Heston and Ida Vitale Heston. He was a 1957 graduate of Wyoming High School. He received his bachelor's degree from Drexel University in 1963, where he was a member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. He received his Juris Doctor from Temple University Law School in 1968. Mr. Heston volunteered his services as a lawyer to the Small Business Administration to assist in disaster relief following Hurricane Agnes in 1972 and later served as deputy clerk to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. He was also clerk of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas. He was associated with several prominent law firms in the area and at the time of his retirement was counsel to the firm of Dougherty, Leventhal & Price, L.L.P., and law clerk to Judge Hugh F. Mundy, Court of Common Pleas of Luzerne County. He was a member of the American Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association, and Wilkes-Barre Law & Library Association. He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Church, Pittston.
Surviving are sisters, Mary Alice Mazzarella, Exeter; JoAnn DeRose, York; Lois Fastiggi, Mechanicsburg; nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Friday at 10 from Adonizio Funeral Home, Inc., 251 William St., Pittston, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 in St. John the Evangelist Church. Interment will be in Memorial Shrine Cemetery, Carverton. Friends may call Thursday, 2 to 4 and 7 to 9.
[December 9, 2003]

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