Joseph J. Hawk Sr., 76, a resident of Pittston Township, passed away peacefully Monday evening, April 7, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.
His devoted wife is Gina Musto Hawk. Together, Joe and Gina celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on May 25, 2013.
Born Nov. 20, 1937, in Swoyerville, Joseph was the son of the late John and Josephine Rapczyinski Hawk.
Raised in Swoyerville, Joe was a graduate of the former Swoyerville High School, Class of 1956.
Following his high school graduation, Joe enlisted in the U.S. Air Force
. For nine years, he proudly served his country both at home and abroad.
After his return home from the Air Force, Joe wore many hats. He drove truck for many years before retiring in 2003 from Roadway, located in Tannersville.
In his earlier years, Joe was a deputy constable for the state of Pennsylvania and also worked as a part-time police officer
for Pittston Township. Additionally, for some time, Joe and Gina operated their own catering business, Hawk Catering.
Joe was a dedicated and loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. He always had a good joke and was fun to be around. He was also a caring person who was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need.
In addition to his parents, John and Josephine Hawk, Joseph was preceded in death by his brothers, James, John and Daniel Hawk; his sisters, Josephine (Honeygirl) Ostrosky, Margaret Hawk, Marie Soifer and Patricia Jacien; and his aunt, Julia Iannaccone.
In addition to his wife, Gina, Joe is survived by his son, Dominick Hawk Sr. and his wife, Jennie, and grandson, Dominick Jr., and great-grandson, Noah; his daughter, Mary Jo Gavlick and her husband, Donnie, and granddaughter, Melanie, and grandson, Davey; and his son, Joseph J. Hawk Jr. and his wife, Katie.
Joe is also survived by his sister, Barbara Hall, Effort; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and loving friends.
The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to their family doctor and friend, Dr. Charles Manganiello and his staff; to Joe's surgeon, Dr. Chu and his assistant; to Joe's oncology doctors, Dr. Robert Rostock; and Dr. Bruce Saidman, Angela and the staff at Medical Oncology Associates for the care they provided Joe.
Additionally, the family wishes to thank the nurses from Associated Family Home Care Inc., especially Kathleen and Chrissy, for their care and friendship. Also, special thanks to everyone from Hospice of the Sacred Heart, especially Donna, for setting up and taking care of Joe in his time of transition; to Shannon, for doing a "bang-up job"; and to all the great nurses who took such special care of Joe.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral, which will be conducted at 8:45 a.m. Saturday from Wroblewski Funeral Home Inc., 1442 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. in St. Joseph Marello Parish, 237 William St., Pittston, with the Rev. Carlos Esquivel, OSJ, his pastor, officiating.
Interment with the Rite of Committal will follow in St. Mary's Roman Catholic Cemetery, Swoyersville.
Family and friends are invited to call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
For additional information, or to send the Hawk family an online message of condolence, you may visit the funeral home website, www.wroblewskifuneralhome.com
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Joe's memory to the Disabled American Veterans (DAV), P.O. Box 42938, Wissahickon and Manheim streets, Philadelphia, PA 19101, or to the
, 712 S. Keyser Ave., Taylor, PA 18517.