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Joseph J. Budai Jr.

March 13, 1950 ~ November 20, 2021 (age 71)


Joseph J. Budai, Jr. 71, of Shenango Township, New Castle passed away the morning of November 20, 2021 at his residence.

Joseph was born March 13, 1950 in New Castle. He was the son of the late Joseph J. and Margaret (Nickum) Budai Sr. He married the former Deborah B. Bock of Pittsburgh in 1972. She survives at their home in New Castle. Joseph was of the Catholic faith and a member of Holy Spirit Parish. He was a graduate of Mohawk Area High School, class of 1968.

Joseph retired after 40 years of employment as a member of the Plumbers and Pipefitter/Steamfitters Unions. Before he retired, he held the position of Plant Superintendent at the Shippingport Nuclear Power Station in the Beaver Valley for Day Zimmerman. Mr. Budai was an avid outdoorsman, who enjoyed hunting and fishing at the family camp in Tionesta, PA. Joe loved to travel with his wife and enjoyed going to car shows with his 2002 Corvette.

In addition to his wife Deborah, Joe is survived by two sons, Michael P. (Amanda) Budai of Pittsburgh, PA, and Stephen J. (Danielle Offenberger) Budai of McDonald, PA; sister, Joan (Richard) Smith of Aurora, OH; and beloved grandson, Henry O. Budai.

Mr. Budai was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Margaret.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 23, 2021 from 4 -7 p.m. at the Noga Funeral Home Inc., 1142 Mill Street, New Castle. The family asks everyone attending the visitation to please wear a mask. 

A procession will leave the funeral home at 10 a.m. on Wednesday for Holy Spirit Parish-St. Vitus site, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. The Rev. Joseph McCaffrey of Holy Spirit Parish will officiate. Entombment will be in Resurrection Mausoleum. The family is asking memorial donations be made in Joseph’s name to The Parkinson Foundation of Western PA., 575 Lincoln Avenue, Bellevue, PA, 15202. Online condolence may be viewed or offered by visiting

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November 23, 2021

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Noga Funeral Home, Inc.
P.O Box 190, 1142 S Mill St.
New Castle, PA 16103

Funeral Service
November 24, 2021

10:30 AM
St. Vitus Church - Holy Spirit Parish (New Castle)

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