Joseph Dorzinsky

Joseph Dorzinsky, 92, of Wilkes-Barre Township passed away Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, in Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Plains Township.

He was born in Wilkes-Barre on Dec. 22, 1919 and was the son of the late Michael and Julia (Yankovich) Dorzinski. He graduated from Wilkes-Barre Township High School and was a driving force behind their 1938 basketball state championship team. Joe married his lovely bride, Clara Mraczkowski on Feb. 12, 1949, and shared 59 wonderful years before her passing in 2008.

Joe was a Navy veteran serving as a corpsman (medic) during World War II in the Pacific Theater. He was attached to F. Company 2nd Battalion, 2nd Regiment, 2nd Division of United States Marine Corps, participating in the Battles of Saipan, Okinawa and the Occupation of Japan, landing him in Nagasaki following the dropping of the atomic bomb. He earned the Pacific Theater Ribbon (one star), the American Theater Ribbon and Victory Medal.

Sgt. 1st class Joe Dorzinksy also served with the United States Active Army Reserves, 300th Field Hospital from February 1963 through December 1979, retiring to "retired" status.

Prior to his retirement, he was employed for 30 years by the Tobyhanna Army Depot. Before the war, Joe held many jobs, which included railroad switchman, as well as working in the mining industry and steel mills.

Mr. Dorzinsky was a member of Our Lady of Hope Parish, Wilkes-Barre, formerly St. Mary's Church of the Maternity. He was also a 1972 charter member of the Wilkes-Barre Township Fire Department, and a member of the Wilkes-Barre Township American Legion Post 815. He belonged to the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Georgetown Good Neighborhood Club.

Joe loved working in his garden, taking great pride in having the best and the most beautifully manicured yard in the township. Sitting on his back porch was his pleasure, gazing at his masterpiece and watching sports of all kinds on television. Although the Phillies, Eagles and Sixers were his favorites, Joe maintained his allegiance to his Cleveland teams, having lived in Cleveland prior to the war.

Joe was exceptionally proud of his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and his side-kick, his brother, Walter.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Clara; his parents, Michael and Julia; his brothers, John and Michael; sister, Christina (Tina) Rokaski; brother-in-law, Charlie Rokaski; and nephew, Lance Cpl. Mark Rokaski, USMC.

Joe will be greatly missed by his children, daughter, Claire and her husband, Joseph Carmody, Lansdale; son, Joseph and wife, Cindy, Montain Top; daughter, Janice and her husband, Charles Flannery, Wilkes-Barre; and son, Mark and his wife, Nancy, Wilkes-Barre; brother, Walter and his wife, Marge, Wilkes-Barre Township; sisters-in-law, Marie Dorzinsky, Hanover Township; Sabina Vojtek, Wilkes-Barre Township; and Theresa Jarzenbowicz, Nanticoke. Surviving grandchildren are Brian Carmody and his wife, Kathleen; Todd Carmody and his wife, Paola; Kristina (Krissy) Carmody, Danielle Dorzinsky-Nulton, Nicole Antonelli and her husband, John; Joseph Dorzinsky Jr. and his wife, Jessica; Sean Flannery and his wife, Jennifer; Kyra Flannery, Erin Birmer and her husband, John; Iain Flannery, Beth Ann Dorzinsky, Jacqueline Dorzinsky and Mark Dorzinsky; great-grandchildren, Bendon Stone, Isabelle and Kassidy Birmer; Adam and Ava Nulton; Brady and Kirk Carmody; and David, Allyson and Julie Ann Gibbon; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 9 a.m. Tuesday from the Jendrzewski Funeral Home, 21 N. Meade St., Wilkes-Barre, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in Our Lady of Hope Parish, 40 Park Ave., Wilkes-Barre. Interment will be in St. Mary's Maternity Cemetery, West Wyoming. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Joe's family would like to thank everyone who prayed and supported him these last few weeks.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the . Online condolences and expressions of sympathy may be sent by visiting Joe's obituary at

Published in Citizens' Voice from Nov. 24 to Nov. 25, 2012