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Joseph "Joe" Vasilenko

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Joseph "Joe" Vasilenko Obituary
HENDERSONVILLE-- Joseph "Joe" Vasilenko, age 85, resident of Hendersonville, NC and native of Garfield, NJ, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, October 8, 2015 at the Elizabeth House after suffering a massive cerebral stroke.
He is the son of the late Michael Vasilenko and Mary Serafin Vasilenko, natives of Czechoslovakia. He is preceded in death by siblings John Vasilenko and Helen Vasilenko Yancek of NJ.
He is survived by his devoted wife of 57 years, Delores Ilean Wiseman Vasilenko; son, Douglas Scott Vasilenko, daughter, Deborah Lynn Vasilenko Flores; son-in-law, Juan Andres Flores; and grandson, Christian Andrew Flores of NC.
Joe was a career pilot beginning at age 16 flying sea planes and retiring as L-1011 Captain for Eastern Airlines in 1986. He also served 9 years with the NJ National Guards as communications Chief. He was an Avid reader, enjoyed gardening and wood working, and was a creative genius with writing, painting, cartoon illustrating and home video productions sure to elicit a laugh.
He was a member of Jacksonville Chapel of Pompton Plains, NJ and Fellowship Baptist Church of Hendersonville, NC.
He will be sorely missed by his family and friends. A private Memorial service will be held at Fellowship Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Fellowship Baptist Church on Howard Gap Road, Hendersonville, NC, 28792 or Elizabeth House at 571 South Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731.
An online register book is available for family and friends by visiting www.thosshepherd.com. Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors and Cremation Memorial Center are in charge of arrangements.
Published in The Times-News on Oct. 14, 2015
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