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Joseph J. Prtorich
Joseph J. Prtorich

November 26, 1952 - October 23, 2019
Born in Franklin, New Jersey
Resided in Frankford Township, New Jersey


Joseph J. Prtorich. 66, of Frankford Township passed away on Wednesday, October 23, 2019.

He was born on November 26, 1952, in Franklin, NJ, to the late John and Irene Prtorich, and was a lifelong resident of Sussex County. Joe graduated from Franklin High School Class of 1970 and the College of Insurance at New York, New York, in 1975. He earned his certification from the American Institute for Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters in 1992. He was a long-time employee of Selective Insurance serving as an Assistant Vice President. He enjoyed participating in the company softball, bowling, and golf leagues. He also participated in the Baleville Church bowling league. He was a substitute teacher at High Point Regional High School and an employee of Dunn's Bus Corporation and a driver trainer for the Krapf School Bus Company in Wantage. Joe enjoyed growing up hunting and fishing around Sussex County and at Lake Wawayanda. He often spoke fondly of his many camping trips across the US with his family as a teenager. Joe was fond of motorcycles and classic cars, and he enjoyed many recent adventures with his loving wife Pat and the Pocono Mountains Corvette Club/Pocono Mountains Region VCCA.

Joe is survived by Patricia S. Prtorich (formerly Patricia S. Hill) his loving wife of over 45 years. He is also survived by his two daughters: Katherine Frannicola and her husband William of Hampton, NJ, and Kristie Carpenter and her husband Marc of Millersville, MD. He will also be missed by his beloved dog Maggie and grand-dogs Brooklyn and Ellie.

Joe is survived by 3 sisters and 2 brothers: Angie Kays of Franklin, NJ; Marie Williams of Bel Air, MD; Linda McGrath of Hillsville, VA; James Drew of Gilbert, PA; John Prtorich of Franklin, NJ.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, October 27, 2019, at Wood Funeral Home, 16 Main Street, in Branchville, NJ from 2 to 4:30 p.m., with a 4:30 p.m. funeral service.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Joe’s honor may be made to Beemerville Fire Department, 227 County Road 519, Wantage, NJ 07461. Online condolences may be offered at

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Wood Funeral Home
16 Main Street
Branchville, NJ 07826
Sunday, October 27, 2019
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Wood Funeral Home
16 Main Street
Branchville, NJ 07826
Sunday, October 27, 2019
4:30 PM

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