DEMBEK, Joseph S.
Joseph S. Dembek, 97, of New Britain died peacefully on September 30, 2013 after a life-long journey with his family and many friends. Born in St. Louis, MO on April 18, 1916 to Wladyslaw and Antonina Debek and the eldest of 5 children, the family returned to Poland soon after WWI. He spent his youth in Baranowo through the mid-1930's and returned to the U.S. before the onset of WWII. Sgt. Joe served his country in England, France, Belgium and Germany. In 1945, standing at attention, his Division was congratulated by General Patton who said, "you won because you were braver than the enemy". Joe proudly enjoyed serving his fellow soldiers as a master chef. Joseph married his sweetheart Helen Piascik in 1944 while on a short leave before going to England. After the war, general contractor Joe built their house on Booth Street. Together they raised a family of 4 children and planted fruit trees, cultivated vegetable and flower gardens, and vacationed often. He worked at Fafnir Bearing Co. as a grinder until he retired at 62. Joe enjoyed sharing the kitchen and entertaining with his wife.Joe generously sponsored several families now enjoying life in America. All who knew him remember his sweet smile, stories, jokes and his kind nature. He was the perfect gentleman and a most gracious host. Joe leaves, worded by him affectionately, as "My Three Daughters" and their attentive spouses: Teri Field and Andy, Cele DiFusco and Rich, and Alice Pszczolkowski, as well as his Son Ted Dembek and wife Dorene; nine grandchildren: Heather Archibald, Joseph Archibald, Holly Allen, Jason DiFusco, Gina DiFusco, Katherine Welch, Marissa Dembek, Aaron Grieco and Neal Grieco; and 5 great grandchildren: Scott Gregory, Ruby Allen, Zen Allen, Holden Grieco and Mia Grieco. He is also survived by his caring niece Anka Daszewska, many nieces and nephews in Poland.He was predeceased by his loving wife Helen in 2011 yet lived independently at home until the age of 94. We thank the St. Lucian's Family for their support, love and care for the past 2 1/2 years.
Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday from 9 to 10 a.m. at Burritt Hill Funeral Home, 332 Burritt St., New Britain, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church, New Britain. Burial with military honors will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery, New Britain. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Lucian's Home, 532 Burritt St., New Britain, CT 06053. To share a memory with the family, please visit us at www.burritthill.com.