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Joseph W. Fravel

July 22, 1941 - December 9, 2020


Waverly, New York

Date of Death:

December 9, 2020



Birth Date:

July 22, 1941

Birth Place:

Waverly, New York

Service Information:

Monday, December 14, 2020 at 1 PM at St. James Church, 503 Clark Street, Waverly, New York


Monday, December 14, 2020 from 10 to 12 at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, New York


St. James Cemetery, Waverly, New York

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Joseph W. Fravel

Joseph W. Fravel, 79, of Waverly passed away on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at the Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre.

He was predeceased by his parents, Kenneth and Mary Fravel; in-laws, Burton and Lucine Comfort; brother-in-law, Robert Comfort; and oldest granddaughter, Kiersta Marie Fassett.

Joe is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Sandra Fravel of Waverly; his children, Deanna and Robert Fassett, Sean and Karen Fravel, Patrick and Ellen Fravel, Daniel and Mandy Fravel and Joel and Andrea Fravel; grandchildren, Brionna Fassett, Jori, Carlie and Cooper Fravel, Erin Jerger and Olivia Baker, Payton, Jase and Jolie Fravel, Lillie and Kate Fravel; great grandson, Colton Fassett, who loved his grampy Joe; sister, Teresa Fravel; sisters-in-law, Gayle Comfort, Valerie and Parvin Mensch; special nieces and nephews, Jordan, Arielle and Cole Mensch; along with several other nieces and nephews. 

Joe graduated from Notre Dame High School and went on to graduate from the New York State Police Academy.  He was a police officer in Athens prior to going to the academy.  He then began working for the Tioga County Sheriff’s Department until retiring as a Sargent.  He then decided he wanted to run for Town Court Judge of Barton, a position he held right up until his death.  

A time of calling will be held on Monday, December 14, 2020 from 10 to 12 at Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, New York.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, December 14, 2020 at 1:00 PM at St. James Church, 503 Clark Street, Waverly, New York with Rev. Daniel White officiating and burial to follow in St. James Cemetery, Waverly, New York.  Those wishing to send a message of sympathy to Joe’s family may visit our Facebook page or in “Obituaries” at

Sympathy Messages

From: Lynette Nickels
Mrs. Fravel,
Sending my deepest condolences and praying for you during this most difficult time.
Lynette Nickels
Waverly Village Court

From: Laura Hoppe
I will hold fast to my memories of Joe, going back to the days he and Bill Stanton worked together and up to our visits at St. James.  Joe was a fine, kind and good friend.  My sympathy to Sandy and the "kids" and of course his sister Teresa.

From: Bonnie (Baker)Voorhees
Joe will be missed dearly..Wishing Sandy and family my deepest condolences.Prayers are with you.

From: Annette Thorne
Heartfelt Condolences to the Fravel family.  Joe was one of the kindest souls on the face of the earth, a great friend and mentor who will be sadly missed.

From: Steve wido
So sorry for your lost, He was a great guy,if you need anything please let me know.

From: Alice & Harry Schneider
It is with much sadness to know Joe is no longer with his family, friends, and a community that cared very much for him. He will be missed and thought of often.

From: Tom & joan Richards
A good man who loved what he did. He will be missed by so many people. RIP Joe. God Bless you and your family

From: Tammy Clearwater
I am so very sorry for Joe's passing. He was a great man, got me out of a pickle back in 2003, Gave my drunk husband a ride home with no trouble for my husband , just made sure he got home safe. May he rest in peace,  and I hope family is at peace also.

From: Dave and Sherrie Cole
A very sincere and honest man who will be missed by those that knew him, always a true professional. The man that married us soon after taking the Town Justice position. Dave worked with Joe's Dad at the bakery and they enjoyed conversations surrounding Ken as well.

From: Shelly Bogart
I was so sad to hear of Joe's passing. Extending prayers and condolences to the entire family. He was a wonderful man and will be missed by so many.

From: Dave and Sherrie Cole
One of the best!  
The man you always knew you could count on and he would be there to help no matter what the task was and no matter how big the task was, not sure if the word "no" was in his vocabulary and we all know the words “give up” were not in his vocabulary. 
If you heard the name Corky you immediately thought Eddie, they demonstrated a never ending love for one another. 
Proud to call both Eddie and Corky our friends. He loved his community, his friends, neighbors and especially his family. 
God Bless You Eddie and we know you will be watching over Corky until you can once again hold hands in heaven.

From: Wendy Uettwiller
Joe was such a wonderful man who will be missed by many!! So sorry to his family. Many thoughts and prayers!!

From: Lonnie & Diane Lopreste
So sorry hearing of neighbor, Joe's passing. We will miss seeing going up and down the hill. Very nice guy!
Our Condolences to Sandy and all his family

From: Gary Lopreste
Wow, so sad to hear that Joe passed away. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to his wife, his kids and entire family. God seems to be lately taking all the good ones. You will be missed in this little town of Barton / Waverly. RIP Joe

From: Tim McMahon
Sending my deepest sympathies to a great family.  I'm very sorry to hear of Joe's passing and will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

From: raymond leonard
Prayers to the Fravel family. I worked with Joe at the tioga co, sheriffs dept and he was a great guy. Sorry to hear of his passing.

From: June Satterly
My deepest condolences to the family. Joe was a great person and will be missed by all that knew him.

From: mike cole
I am sorry to hear of Joe's demise.  I and my kids have known Joe and Sandy as far back as high school.
He was the JP along with Sandy who Married Debbie and I.  He will be missed!

From: Cousins
We were all very sorry to hear of our cousin, Joe's passing and send our deepest sympathies to the entire family.  We're sure he is having a happy reunion with his Dad and Mom laughing and telling stories as only they could.  God Bless!!
The Swackhammer, Limerick and Reed families.

From: Craig Benson
Sorry for the families loss. This man was a great person to all who new and loved him. He will be remembered and missed by all. I new him from the age of 16 years old when i got my drivers license he gave me my first traffic ticket been a friend ever since. Craig Benson and the Benson family.

From: Mike Baker
Dear  Sandy, I am so sorry for your loss,I am praying for you and your family, Joe will be missed

From: Amy Sutryk Jaworski
My heart goes out to the entire Fravel family. Joe-Pa was an incredible person. He was very much like a dad to me during some of my formative years.  He always seemed to make time for the person in front of him. I cherished those table talks and chicken and waffle nights. Knowing how much he was loved by you all, I cant imagine how grieved you all are. Ever a patriarch, he goes before.... Sending so many prayers and hugs to each one of you. The world is a lesser place without him. Love to you all

From: Jay Bennett
I am so sorry to hear of Joe's passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to Sandy and the family. The valley has lost another great man.

From: Beth Wright
Oh my I am sooo sorry !!! This man was so loving and so respected!!!  He will be so missed but most of all i will miss that smile of his!!!  Always a huge smile on his face!! I can not come to services but you will all be in my prayers on Monday and always!!  God Bless and i am here if there is anything I can do !!!RIP Mr. Fravel(and i can hear it   call me Joe)

From: Michael Wheeler
Sincere condolences from the Wheeler family. When Joe was on the on road patrol, in the county court or as Town Justice, whenever we met, it was always ten or fifteen minutes of great enjoyable conversation. We lost a good man. RIP Sir.

From: John Briggs
Sorry to hear about Joe's passing. He was good man. My sincere condolences to the entire Fravel family.

From: Justice David G.Boland
There was only on Joe Fravel . I so enjoyed his and Judge Richard Koons's stories when we would travel together for Justice education. One time while I was sitting in the back seat on our way to Bath Ny.(education for me) for an all day class .
Judge Koons was driving and all of a sudden Judge Fravel yells out  Dick. I think we missed the Bath Exit. Koons "OH I do not believe so" . Well sure enough we "overshot" the Exit by 10 miles .("lots of front seat education going on that morning") Bottom line I learned more from those two, to and from on those trips than what I learned all in class. One of the things I learned the most is what GREAT family men both guys  were. And further more what square shooters they both were. Joe and I have had many laughs since losing Koons .He continued to impress me with his strong moral character . He had a great since of when he should express compassion and when he need to be tough.
My sincere condolence's to Joe's family at this difficult time.  MAY THE LIGHT OF GOD SHINE UPON HIS SOUL  RIP Judge "     DGB

From: The Piphers
Our deepest condolences to the Fravel family. Our thoughts, prayers are with you during this difficult time. Joe, or to me, Mr. Fravel was all things consummate.  Family man, lawman, neighbor, to name but a few. As a fellow 'Talmadge Hiller' I'll always remember,  be forever indebted to the unending help and hospitality Mr. Fravel, his entire family always extended to us,no matter the time or circumstance, & to us, Danny's friends. Whether it be carting us around on the weekend or feeding the mob of  unruly teens we were, invading his & Sandy's peaceful home,  to nurturing us through our growing pains, along the way to becoming responsible adults, being a part & presiding over our more proud and sacred moments such as our marriages. Mr. Fravel was there and will always live on in the great memories and stories we all have of him. 
RIP Mr. Fravel.

From: Mary Kay Nicholson
So sad to read of Joe's passing.  We started 1st grade together at West End, went to Notre Dame together, then didn't connect again for 50 years when we attended WHS class of '59 reunion.   Many missed years along with many fun memories.   He will be missed.  So sorry for your loss.

From: Robin Yetter
I JUST learned of Joe's passing.... I worked with Joe at Tioga Sheriff .. Joe was always a pleasure to be  around  always  made me smile.... a happy soul a wonderful man.... Sending my condolences to Sandy and his family... RIP "Poppa Joe"..... God Bless...

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