Joseph Edward Zacharski, 68, of Belleville, Ill., born Nov. 16, 1948, in Belleville, Ill., died Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, at John Cochran VA Hospital, St. Louis, Mo.
Joseph was a Vietnam War veteran and recipient of two Bronze Stars and one Purple Heart medal for his service in the United States Army. He was a graduate of Althoff Catholic High School in Belleville, Ill., was a loan officer for Regions Bank, employed at Dierbergs, a retired insurance agent for Klein-Merwin-Karrer & Associates, and an active member of the Belleville Community Development Corporation. Joe was a sports enthusiast and enjoyed bowling and miniature golf. He also possessed a fondness for trivia and history. A man of intense faith, he was a devoted husband, dedicated father and loving grandfather. He lit up the daily lives of others with his enthusiastic sense of humor, considerate attitude, and caring demeanor. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Johanna, nee Piek, Zacharski; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Edward and Marcella Zellerman.
Surviving to cherish his memory are his wife of 43 years, Jean Ann, nee Zellerman, Zacharski, whom he wed in Belleville, Ill., on Aug. 22, 1973; a son, Patrick (Jamie) Zacharski of Swansea, Ill.; a daughter, Christine (Dustin) Taylor of Hasbrouck Heights, N.J.; two grandchildren, Jacob Crane and Jackson Crane; three brothers, Gerald Zacharski, Ronald (Carole) Zacharski, and Kenneth (Linda) Zacharski; two sisters, Shirley Meyer, and Mary (Bud) Campbell; a brother-in-law, John (Debbie) Zellerman; a sister-in-law, Mary Zellerman (Rita Pannier); and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.
The family is grateful for the care Joseph received from the medical staff of the MICU at John Cochran and the medical team at the Jefferson Barracks division of the St. Louis VA.
As a memorial tribute, in lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in Joseph's name to any of the following organizatios: St. Jude Foundation (www.stjude.org), Disabled American Veterans (www.dav.org) or the Wounded Warriors Project (www.woundedwarriorproject.org). Donations can also be offered to Joseph's memorial GoFundMe account found online at www.gofundme.com/joes-memorial.
Services: A brief memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, at the chapel at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, Mo.
There will also be a remembrance gathering for family and friends directly after the service. This will be held at Country Meadows Clubhouse located at 308 Chambers Blvd., Swansea, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Nov. 30, 2016