Joseph L. Bieber, 89: Purple Heart recipient, active in community

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CAPE ELIZABETH — Joseph L. Bieber, 89, died April 7 at the Maine Veterans’ Home in Scarborough.

He was born in Harriman, N.Y., on May 17, 1924, a son of George and Matilda Bieber. He attended local schools and was a 1942 graduate of Central Valley High School.

Following high school, Bieber joined the Army and served during World War II, in the European and African theaters. He was wounded and earned a Purple Heart. During his medical recovery in New York, he met his future wife, Lorraine E. McCarthy. They married on Oct. 4, 1947.

Following the war, Bieber began his working career as a machinist in New York. He later accepted a position with Addressograph-Multigraph Company. As his responsibility with the company grew, he and his family moved to New Jersey and later to Maine.

They lived for many years in Cape Elizabeth where he was an active member of the community and a faithful communicant of St. Bartholomew Church. He served as a eucharistic minister and alter server for many years at the church.

During the last few years, he and his wife moved to their son Christopher’s apartment building in Portland.

He was predeceased by two sons, Lawrence Bieber in 1969 and Paul Bieber in 2010; three brothers; and two sisters.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Lorraine Bieber, of Portland; two sons, Daniel Bieber and Christopher E. Bieber and his fiancé, Sheila Weiss, of Portland; and granddaughter, Carrie Bieber.

Visitation was held Tuesday, at Conroy-Tully Crawford South Portland Chapel. Burial with military honors was held Thursday at Maine Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery, Augusta.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Maine Veterans’ Home, 290 U.S. Route 1, Scarborough, ME 04074.

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