Charles J. (Joe) Jarski, 87, a resident of Swoyersville, passed away peacefully Friday morning, Oct. 25, 2013, at the Highland Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Exeter.
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His beloved wife was the late Helen M. Golias Jarski, who passed away Nov. 4, 1982. Together, Helen and Charles shared 23 years of marriage.
Born Feb. 7, 1926, in Swoyersville, Charles was the son of the late John Jarski and the late Nellie Katchko Jarski Schultz.
A U.S. Navy veteran, Charles honorably served his country during World War II. During his time of service, Charles was decorated with the Pacific Theater Ribbon with three bronze stars, the American Theater Ribbon and the World War II Victory Medal. He was honorably discharged from active duty on March 28, 1946.
Prior to his retirement, Charles was employed as an upholsterer by various furniture companies throughout the Wyoming Valley.
Charles was a lifetime member of the American Legion, Andrew Lawrence Post 644, Swoyersville, where he served as past commander. Additionally, he was a member of the Catholic War Veterans, Post 1601, Swoyersville, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 283, Kingston.
A man of faith, Charles was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Roman Catholic Parish, Swoyersville.
In addition to his parents and his wife, Charles was preceded in death by his brothers, Alfred and John Jarski, and his sisters, Romayne Jarski, Stella Adams and Mary Ann Jarski.
Charles is survived by his son, Joseph Jarski Sr. and his wife, Kathy, Berwick; his daughter, Donna Ontko and her husband, Mark, Swoyersville; his grandchildren, Matthew Ontko, Jessica Ontko, Joseph Jarski Jr. and Matthew John Jarski; his sisters, Jeanette Yale, Swoyersville; and Alice Jenkins, Forty Fort; numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral, which will be conducted at 9:30 a.m. Monday from Wroblewski Funeral Home Inc., 1442 Wyoming Ave., Forty Fort, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10 a.m. in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, 116 Hughes St., Swoyersville, with the Rev. Joseph J. Pisaneschi, his pastor, officiating.
Interment with the Rite of Committal will follow in Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Cemetery, Swoyersville, where military honors will be accorded by the U.S. Navy.
Family and friends are invited to call from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
For additional information, or to send the 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 Charles' memory to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675, or to the Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301.
Joseph L Wroblewski Funeral Home
1442 Wyoming Ave
Forty Fort, PA 18704
Published in Citizens' Voice on Oct. 26, 2013