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 Joseph Tunis

Joseph Tunis

Provincia di Catanzaro, Calabria, Italy
Death 16 Dec 1936
Scranton, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Scranton, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, USA
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"Birthday Blows Kill Boy, 17, After Rare Disease Develops

Joseph Tunis died last night at 8:30 o'clock.

Joseph was the frail little fellow who bragged about his 17th birthday on December 4th. Two school companions punched him on the arms to celebrate each year and added "one to get married and one for good luck."

Joe, as he would rather be called, developed a rare disease from the punches. It infected his bones and Joe believed he was a strong fellow and he did his suffering, by biting his lips.

The lad wasn't a bib boy. He had only his age to brag about. He was 17 on December 4. His sister, Theresa, 15 had baked a cake.

He knew all about the cake and the little family party that they would have last night. Joe, because he was the only boy in the family, was pretty close to his dad. He knew what was going on in the family. His dad told him everything.

The morning of Joe's birthday was a special event. When there is only one boy and six sisters in the family, the boy means quite a bit.

Joe started to school with his cousin and another friend. He told them that it was his birthday. That he was 17. Good naturedly they started to punch him. Joe was never a strong boy. He told his companions that he was only fooling. His arms hurt.

Then he bit his lips and said that it was his birthday. They gave him 17 punches apiece on each arm and "one to get married an one for good luck."

He asked them no to tell the other kids at school that it was his birthday because his arms were too sore. His companions didn't

That night his family celebrated his birthday. They had the cake and his six sisters looked up to their "big brother" Joe.

Four days later Joe's arm hurt him. He told his father. His family gave him home treatment.. He got worse.

Sunday, Dr. F. A. Bartecchi was summoned. He ordered Joe removed to St. Mary's Misericordia Hospital.

Dr. Bartecchi said the boy developed a rare disease from the punches known as acute Epiphysitis, described as a bone infection, followed by a generalized infection of the blood.

His tow companions, were questioned by city detectives headed by Captain Reese Alexander, said they were only footling when they punched Joe. No charges will be preferred against them.

Joe's mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. Guy Tunis were with him when he died.

Besides the parents, he leaves six sisters, Theresa, Rose, Lena, Catherine, Yolanda and Arvita.

Funeral arrangements in chard of Pasquale Cioni, will be announced later."

The Scranton Republican, Thursday, December 17, 1936, Pages 1 & 3

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 98492869
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Joseph Tunis (unknown–16 Dec 1936), Find A Grave Memorial no. 98492869, citing Cathedral Cemetery, Scranton, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Tom Price (contributor 46852759) .