Joseph Michael Fabian, 79, of Virginia Beach, Va., passed away peacefully Thursday, May 9, 2014, in Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital from congestive heart failure.
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Joe is survived by his wife of 50 years, Veronica; his four children, Joseph John Fabian, Boothwyn; Maryann Fabian, Atlanta, Ga.; Theresa Brunner and her husband, Michael, Avondale; and Anne Fabian, Bear, Del.; two grandchildren; his sister, Margaret Aciukewicz, Mocanaqua; and many loving nieces, nephews and extended family. He was a loving father, grandfather and friend to all.
Joe was born in Nanticoke in 1935 to John and Anna Fabian, who emigrated from Slovakia. Joe graduated from Shickshinny High School in 1953 and attended Pennsylvania Hospital School of Nursing for Men in Philadelphia.
He spent his professional career taking care of our nation's wounded warriors. He joined the U.S. Army and established MASH (Mobile Army Surgical Hospital) units. His honorable military career included service at Fort Sam Houston, Texas; Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center, Denver, Colo.; 121st Evac Hospital, Korea; Valley Forge Army Hospital, Pennsylvania; Fort Tripler Army Hospital, Hawaii; Blanchfield Army Community Hospital, Fort Campbell, Ky.; Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany; outposts in the Middle East; and Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C., before retiring at the rank of major in 1977. He then spent 20 years serving as a psychiatric nurse for the Veterans Administration in Erie; Long Beach, Calif.; and Lebanon before retiring to Virginia Beach, Va., in 1999.
He was a dedicated parishioner of St. John the Apostle Catholic Church in Virginia Beach, as well as a member of the Slovak Catholic Union and the Military Officers Association. Joe was also an advocate for military causes and veterans' care.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, the Rev. John L. Fabian, of the Scranton diocese; his sister, Elizabeth Wojcik and her husband, Joe Wojcik, Mocanaqua; and his brother-in-law, John Aciukewicz, Mocanaqua.
Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday at Mayo Funeral Home Inc., 77 N. Main St., Shickshinny, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Holy Spirit Parish/St. Mary's Church, Mocanaqua, concelebrated by the Rev. Louis Kaminski and the Rev. Raymond Orloski.
Burial will be in Ascension Cemetery, with military honors conducted by Shickshinny American Legion Post 495.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Fisher House Foundation, 111 Rockville Pike, Suite 420, Rockville, MD 20850-5168, or The Carmelite Monastery, 26 Harmony School Road, Flemington, NJ 08822.
For additional information, or to send condolences, please visit www.mayofh.com.
Mayo Funeral Home - Shickshinny
77 N. Main Street
Shickshinny, PA 18655
Published in Citizens' Voice on May 13, 2014