Bock Funeral Home

1500 Mt. Royal Boulevard
Glenshaw, PA 15116


Joseph J. Adlesic

Monday, October 05, 2020

On Monday, October 5th at 12:40 a.m., 2020 our father Joseph J. Adlesic at the age of 92 let go. Our hearts are broken.Dad was a serious thinker. He read all the time. We grew up surrounded with mounds of newspapers, magazines and books. He was a staunch Democrat whose politics were guided by kindness and inclusivity. He never said an unkind word about anyone. We simply did not grow up with parents who made prejudicial or judgmental remarks about those who were different. They embraced everyone. What a gift.  Dad parlayed his high school football genius into a scholarship at the University of Pittsburgh where he received a Masters Degree in Education. Although WWII post war efforts cut short Dad’s playing career at Pitt, his talents were so professional and accomplished that he spent his time with Airborne Division US Army as a player-coach before briefly returning to Pitt to play for then coach Clark Shannessy (who simultaneously coached the Washington Redskins of the NFL). He spent his adult life as father, husband, businessman, and BonVivant. Dad loved sports. And when we say LOVED, we’re talking, get out of my way, get the snacks lined up, FANATIC. He never missed a Steelers game. He had a zest for the game, for excelling in competition and pushing yourself to be the best you can be. He never did half measures. He also loved nature and the outdoors. His yard was his pride and joy. Every summer, he worked tirelessly to plant and sow gorgeous rows of flowers all around his very large yard. Passersby, strangers, would stop in their cars and comment on how lovely it all looked. Dad beamed, not only for his work, but for the joy it brought others. We also grew up with vegetable plants — tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers, broccoli — grown alongside the house and in a huge garden in the backyard before we got our pool.  He knew the value of soil, tilling, digging, raking, the riches that come from hard work. He shared all this so we would be enriched, so we would have our own beautiful gardens of mind, body and spirit. His parenting was not grounded in rigid expectations, instead he passionately sought to understand and provide us with every possible resource to live our dreams. He and Mom, did this incredibly well. He helped his children to excel at athletics; coached Little League and promoted girls’ sports. Joe was an early #GirlDad promoting girls sports and funding his daughter’s basketball team. He was devoted to his wife, his children, his cousins and friends, to creating a thriving life full of exuberance, love and joy. So, we send you off, dear sweet beautiful dynamic dad, huddled together as family, like you would have wanted. Standing strong in your garden, with your memories forever emblazoned in our hearts. Peace to you: our kind strong honorable truly good dad and man. We will remember you by your kindness, your words that “the essence of life is not visible to the eye”, and through acting with your kindness in our hearts we are able to know hope for a better, and more loving world.




Bob Beaver 07-Oct-2020 08:20 PM

Uncle Joe was an amazing man and one of my grand memories was when my family (Richard Beaver) visited Pittsburgh on the way to the Worlds Fair in the early 1960s and Uncle Joe and my Dad took me to see the Pittsburgh Pirates play the San Francisco Giants at Forbes field. My first ever viewing of a professional baseball game. I saw Willie Mays, Roberto Clements and Willie Stargell play among other great baseball icons that evening. It remains one of the greatest games I saw and I was around 10 years old. Great memories of the entire Adlesic family from our many times together and I am so sorry for our loss of Joe Adlesic. He was truly a great man and person.

With all my love and condolences

Bob and Claudine

Brother Erik 08-Oct-2020 09:15 AM

Dear Adlesic family,
My deepest condolences to your family and friends during this most difficult time. There are no words that can ease the pain of losing someone so beloved. Your dad had such a full life and that he gave you the best foundation to have him as a father and a friend. May you find comfort and peace in knowing that your loved one is remembered by God, because those who pass on are precious in His eyes. -Psalm116:15 Enjoy and cherish the memories that made Joe special. Carry the lessons you learned from your dad. Continue each day knowing that the best way to honor someone is to pass forward something they gave you to make you a better person. The scriptures always give us comfort in our weakest moments and even shows us Gods loving plan for those we love that have entered rest. For comfort from the Bible please visit
Take peace.

Wayne Trembulak 08-Oct-2020 07:21 PM

Your family has my deepest sympathy on your loss. I worked with Joe at General Foods/Kraft and he was always such a great worker.
May God bless you all during this difficult time.

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