Joseph Poltash February 24, 1930 ~ February 14, 2014 Joseph Poltash, a 61 year resident of Hawthorne, passed away on February 14, 2014. Mr. Poltash died peacefully at home from natural causes. Joseph was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, the youngest with four brothers and one sister. At a young age he lost his mother and sister. His father was tasked with the challenge of raising five young men. After graduating from high school Joseph enlisted in the U.S. Army. After completing basic training he was deployed to post World War II Germany. Remarkably in Schweinfurt, Germany he met Ingeborg Kuhlinger. They became friends and fell in love. A short time later they were married. Wolfgang Joseph, their first son, was born in 1951. Joseph rose to the rank of Sergeant and received an honorable discharge. After his discharge the young family stayed temporarily in Pennsylvania. Their second son Roland Michael arrived in 1953. Later that year the growing family moved to Hawthorne, California. Shortly after arriving in California, Joseph was hired by Douglas Aircraft in El Segundo. He worked for Douglas until 1960 when most production was halted. In 1961 Joseph was hired by Continental Airlines at their LAX Maintenance facility. His position at Continental provided a comfortable lifestyle for his family. As a result both Wolfgang and Roland pursued careers in the airline industry. In 1988 Joseph accepted early retirement when his position at LAX was eliminated. Never looking back, Joe and Inge spent many fulfilling years in retirement. Sadly Inge passed away on 2007. Joseph's lifetime love and soul mate became loving memories. Wolgang passed away suddenly in 2010. Joseph continued to soldier on. However, his health was in decline. Joseph passed away on Valentine's Day. Joseph is survived by his son Roland and preceded in death by his wife Ingeborg Poltash; son Wolfgang Poltash; four brothers, and one sister. A gathering of family and friends will be held at Rice Mortuary on Tuesday February 25, 2014 from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm. A Vigil Service begins at 2:00 pm at Rice Mortuary on Wednesday February 26, 2014 with a reception following. .

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  1. Even though I never had the privilege of meeting Joseph, I knew his son Wolfgang, (Wolfie) from our days at Hawthorne High. I’ve always heard the manner in which a child conducts himself in life, can be directly attributed to his or her parent. If we are to believe that saying, Joseph was definitely a fine example for both his two sons. Although I can’t recall Roland, my younger brother Steve remembers him as a classmate and a fun person to be around. My deepest condolences to the family.

  2. I am sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. He was a great person. A good friend. I worked with him many years at Continental Airlines. He is in a better place now. God Bless him and his family.
    William Champlin

  3. In addition to my condolence-card, I just want to write a few more words, because in these minutes, I’m missing Joseph more than I’m able to describe (especially, when I have to express it in English).

    I’m convinced that, if we would search long enough, we could probably find other people in the world, who are as nice and friendly, as Joseph Poltash was; but only a very few of them would also have a similar outstanding, strong and warmhearted personality and such an extremely good character like he had!

    I hope that you, dear Roland, are always aware that you have been the best son whom your father could ever have wished to have, because you had taken care of him in an admirable, great and altruistic way nearly every minute on each day of the last weeks of your Dad’s life, which enabled him to leave this world peacefully, without any stress or pain.

    I will surely never forget Joe’s kind voice and in my thoughts and prayers, I’m with you, Roland, in these sad days of deep mourning!

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