Joseph L. Ognen

Smethport - Joseph L. Ognen, 80, of Smethport, formerly of Mt. Jewett, died Saturday (March 16, 2019) in the Olean General Hospital, Olean, NY.


He was born April 7, 1938 in Wilcox, a son of Luis and Margaret Mehelko Ognen.  On August 17, 1957, he married Barbara Lobaugh, who survives.


Mr. Ognen was a truck driver all his working life.


In addition to his wife, he is survived by:

Five children:  Krissi Ognen of Clifton Heights, PA, Joseph Ognen, Jr. of Bradford, Catherine Hartman of Glenmoore, PA, Margaret LaCroix of Ellicottville, NY and Dick (Joanne) Ognen of Smethport

Nine grandchildren:  Christopher Ognen, Deanna Ognen, Katelyn Hartman, Cory Hartman, Grant Ognen, Alex Ognen, Logan Ognen, Evelyn Nuzzo and Gian Carlo Nuzzo

One brother:  Thomas Ognen of Massachusetts

One sister:  Barbara Bizzak of Kane

And several nieces and nephews.


In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Mary Ognen.


Visitation will be held from 9-10:45 AM on Wednesday (March 20, 2019) at St. Joseph Church, Mt. Jewett, PA, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 AM with the Rev. Vincent P. Cieslewicz, pastor, as Celebrant.  Burial will be in Bridge View Cemetery, Mt. Jewett.


Memorials, if desired, may be made to the McKean County SPCA, 80 Glenwood Ave., Bradford, PA  16701, or a charity of the donor’s choice.  Online condolences may be made at


Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Smethport.