Joseph V. Zekoski, 90, of Wyoming died peacefully Monday, July 7, 2014, after a brief illness in Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre, Celtic Hospice Unit, with his family by his side.
Born and raised in Wyoming, he was the son of the late Frank and Helen Zavacki Zekoski. He was a graduate of Wyoming High School and an Army
veteran of World War II
Prior to his retirement, he was employed as a line crew chief by the PPL Corp.
He was a faithful member of the former St. Joseph's Church (St. Monica's Parish) in Wyoming and a life member of Wyoming Hose Company No. 1.
Joe was a genuinely kind and loving man, totally devoted to his family, and he will be greatly missed.
He spent his retirement years gardening and traveling with his wife, Faustine Oleski Zekoski, who preceded him in death in April 2009.
He is survived by his son, Joseph (Janice), Ohio; and daughter, Margaret (Joseph) Gentile, Exeter; along with grandchildren, Joy Zekoski Snyder and husband, Ryan, Ohio; Joseph Zekoski and wife, Pia, Kentucky; and Joseph Gentile and wife, Nuria, California. He also had four great-grandchildren, with a fifth expected in December. He is also survived by his twin brothers, Carl, Harding; and Clement, Wyoming; in addition to his sister, Josephine Hiemer, Florida; as well as numerous sisters- and brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Casimir, Edmund and Frank, along with a sister, Harriet Baut.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Joseph Radzwilka and to Leslie and the compassionate staff at Wyoming Manor, Wyoming, for all the good care and love they showed Joe in his final years.
In lieu of flowers, the family would urge friends and family to make donations in Joe's memory to the "Adopt a Cop" program sponsored by the Fallen Officers Organziation, P.O. Box 2299, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18703, which provides bulletproof vests to local law enforcement officers.
A Blessing service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Metcalfe-Shaver-Kopcza Funeral Home, 504 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming. Calling hours will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Interment in the family plot at Mount Olivet, Carverton, will be at the convenience of the family.