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GIERCYK, JOSEPH 88 - of Milmay passed away suddenly on Thursday July 12, 2012 at the AtlantiCare Medical Center in Pomona. He was a life-long Milmay resident, born in Dorothy to the late Michael and Kathern (Stachow) Giercyk. At the age of 17 he was a certified sharp shooter. Joseph was enlisted into the US Army on April 9, 1943 serving on the front lines during WW II where he held the rank of Army-T-5 Sergeant, in the 872nd Field Artillery Battalion. He served overseas in England, France, and Austria during the D-Day invasion of Normandy in the Third Wave and pushed through the Rhine River in Austria, for a total of 18 months. Joseph received the Sharpshooter Expert Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the Victory Medal, the Harry S. Truman Medal, and the European Theater of Operations Battle Stars. After an honorable discharge in 1946 he returned home, met and married his late wife Florence Eva (Kupetz). She was his wife, best friend, and the love of his life for 58 years, until her passing in 2007. He and his late wife enjoyed Square Dancing. Joseph was a heavy equipment operator for the Vineland Transit Mix Co. until his retirement. He was a member of the Milmay Gunning Club for 62 years where every year he successfully "got a buck". He was also a 50-year member of the Milmay Volunteer Fire Company, where he held the position of Lieutenant to Commissioner for several terms. A member of the VFW Post 158 in Buena Vista Twp., Joseph will always be remembered for driving his 1963 green Ford pick-up truck. Joseph received, the "Citizen of the Year" award in Buena Vista Twp. for the year 2011. Joseph is survived by a daughter, Jo Ann Jaffe of Bloomington, Indiana, a son Joseph Jr. of Milmay, grandchildren, Misty and Chris Jaffe, great-grandchild, Celina Jaffe. Also surviving is a nephew John and his wife Helen, and all extended family in Mays Landing. He was predeceased by his wife Florence Eva (Kupetz) Giercyk in 2007. A funeral home visitation will be held on Tuesday from 6 to 9 pm and Wednesday 10 to 11;00 am at Rone Funeral Service. A Funeral Mass will be held Wednesday at 11:30 am from Saint Padre Pio Parish - Church Of Our Lady Of Pompeii, 4680 Dante Avenue, Vineland. Interment will follow in Our Lady Of Pompeii Cemetery, Vineland. ARRANGEMENTS are under the supervision of Rone Funeral Service, 1110 East Chestnut Avenue, Vineland, NJ 08360 Donations if so desired may be made in his memory to: Milmay Volunteer Fire Department 225 Broad Street Milmay NJ 08340-9900. To send online condolences please visit our website at www.RONEFUNERALSERVICE.com
Published in The Press of Atlantic City on July 15, 2012