Joseph Pracko (May 11, 1934 - April 07, 2020)

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Joseph Pracko
  • May 11, 1934
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  • April 07, 2020

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Joseph M. Pracko, 85, of Ocoee, Florida passed away Tuesday, April 7, 2020 from complications of Alzheimer’s disease.  He was born May 11, 1934 in Tarentum, PA.  He lived in Tarentum and Lower Burrell, PA before moving to Florida.

Mr. Pracko was a graduate of Tarentum High School.  He received his Bachelors in Chemistry and his MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.  He served with the Army during the Korean Conflict.

Mr. Pracko had worked for PPG Industries Research Center in Springdale, PA.  Later he worked as an Investigator for the Federal Government. He also worked for his family business, Pracko’s Meat Market, in Tarentum.

He attended Holy Family Catholic Church in Orlando, FL and was a member of St. Margaret Mary, Lower Burrell, PA and St. Clement Church, Tarentum, PA.

Mr. Pracko was an avid reader, enjoyed golf, music and travel.  He also loved spending time with his grandchildren.  He was a huge fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Madeline R. Waters, one daughter, Jennifer Pracko Leyva (Nicolas), two grandchildren, Madeline and Joseph, of Winter Garden, FL, a sister, Betty Backo of Tarentum,  Margaret Eberhart of West Palm Beach, FL, a brother, Richard of North Olmsted, OH and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Pauline Karac Pracko, six brothers, Emil, Ben, Al, Edward, Francis, and John, and a sister Marian Detman.

A private memorial service was held on Friday, April 10 at Baldwin Brothers, Apopka, FL.  Due to Covid-19, Mr. Pracko will be interred at a later date in Greenwood Memorial Cemetery, Lower Burrell, PA.  Memorial contributions can be made in his name to the Alzheimer’s Association at

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