Joseph Peter Bonchonsky, Sr.

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On Monday, February 13th, 2023, Joseph Peter Bonchonsky, Sr. passed away at the age of ninety-two. Born to Michael and Anna in Pittston, Pennsylvania, fourth of nine children. Joe graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering. Upon graduating he entered the army and became a 1st Lieutenant, where he met his beautiful German wife, Ingeborg Lindscheid, at a dance while on base in Fort Leonardwood, Missouri. They were married for 69 years and raised five children: Michael, Joseph, Michelle, Andrew, and Tania. Joe became an industrial engineer for Garrett AiResearch in Torrance, California, where he worked on Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo Life Support Systems for NASA.

Joe was always active in sports growing up and in college, such as baseball; where he was scouted by the Detroit Tigers, but passed on the offer so he could finish college. At Penn State he lettered in swimming (diving), baseball, played quarterback in football and was inducted into their sports Hall of Fame. He also participated in wrestling and boxing. He was open to learning a new sport that Inge introduced him to…soccer! He became a referee, commissioner, and Hall of Fame inductee for AYSO, authored the 3 Referee System in 1965 (first used in the inaugural Watts Summer Games), President of both High School and College Referee associations, and built over 300 sets of Soccer goal posts and sold at cost. Inge coached girls soccer and all five children played soccer. Their achievements include scoring the first goal for the newly formed AYSO, becoming a professional player, starting a college soccer program, starting a high school girls team, winning multiple championships, coaching college teams, and operating an elite soccer club.

In Southern California, Joe was active in the church helping build St. Andrews in El Segundo as well as sing in the choir and was Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus several times. Knights of Columbus was where Joe and Inge showed off their wonderful dancing skills. After retiring they moved to Northern California to Mount Shasta and attended St. Anthony’s Catholic Church. Joe kept busy writing articles for the American Byzantine Catholic Research Center, and he wrote a book titled, “The Other Catholics: Obedient and Faithful.”

Joe and Inge retired to Mount Shasta where they have lived for the past 38 years on what is lovingly referred to as the “Boncherosa”. He spent his days writing, fly-fishing, golfing, and teaching the youth how to ice skate. He is survived by his wife, Inge, four children, five grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and three siblings. Services to be held in the Spring at St. Andrew's Russian Greek-Catholic Church in El Segundo, CA.

Posted online on February 23, 2023

Published in Mount Shasta Herald