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Joseph P. Barack, 72, died after a long illness at Hospice of St. Francis in Titusville, on Tuesday, July 26, 2016.

Joe was born Nov. 11, 1943, to Florence and Samuel Barack of Pittsburgh PA. He graduated from the University of Miami with a degree in business and worked in the furniture industry for many years. Following his retirement, he enjoyed remodeling houses for a time. After his second retirement, he and his wife Susan bought an RV and enjoyed spending several months each year traveling the U.S. and Canada. They also traveled to Europe several times and especially loved France.

Joe and Susan often entertained friends and family with the excellent food he enjoyed cooking and the stories he loved to tell, (and others loved to hear).

Joe was a member of Mizpah Congregation in Chattanooga, Tenn., where he served on the board and among other activities, was head of the physical properties, where he oversaw renovations and helped take care of the beautiful, historic Mizpah Temple. He also headed a group that called themselves “The A Team” who made special themed dinners once a month at the Temple.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel and Florence Barack, sister, Mata Jaffe; and stepdaughter, Suzanne Gibson. He is survived by his wife, Susan O’Hara Barack of Titusville; daughter, Shawn Elman of Pittsburgh; son, Ryan Barack (Lynda) of Tampa; stepson, Dr. Gregory Montooth (Dr. Michelle Scullock) of Charlotte, N.C .; son-in-law, Jim Gibson (Pam) of Oak Ridge, Tenn .; grandchildren, Marissa and Andrew Elman, Pittsburgh; Benjamin and Seth Barack, Tampa; Sam, Jared and Claire Gibson, Oak Ridge, Tenn .; Zoe Mantooth, Charlotte; Alex and Abby Seehuus, Bloomington, Ill.

He also leaves his three cats, Sparky, Cokie and Opus who were a great source of comfort and joy for him during his lengthy illness; and dear friends, Richard Seehuus and Carolyn Moon of Bloomington, Ill.

The family wishes to express profound gratitude to all the doctors and nurses and other health care professionals who took such good care of him during his time of ill health.

A memorial service will be planned for a later time.

The family suggests that contributions be made to The Garden of Life at Mizpah Congregation, 923 McCallie Ave, Chattanooga, TN 37403 (www.mizpahcongregation.org) or the Pet Placement Center, 5975 Dayton Blvd, Chattanooga TN 37415 (www.petplacementcenter.com)

Arrangements entrusted to Beth Shalom Memorial Chapel, 640 Lee Road, Orlando 32810.


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