Joseph "Steve" Bulvanoski
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Joseph "Steve" Bulvanoski passed away on June 12, surrounded by his loving family. Steve grew up on Washington Street in Perth Amboy, NJ, and enlisted in the United States Navy after Pearl Harbor. He served for four years on the USS South Dakota; later he served on the USS Wisconsin during the Korean Conflict. He received numerous wartime commendations.
On July 4, 1946 Steve married Rosalia Lutrias Bulvanoski, who survives him. In addition to his wife of 66 years, Steve is survived by his daughter, Rosalia Barnes, and his sons, Stephen and Mark Bulvanoski; their spouses, Craig Barnes, Dee Bulvanoski, and Rajani Tewari-Bulvanoski; and grandchildren Bianca, Thomas and Diana Barnes; Patrick, Erin, Kevin and Sean Bulvanoski; and Salena Tewari-Rubin. Additionally, Steve is survived by his loving sister, Evelyn Lorentzen; nieces June Eipert and Kim Lorentzen; nephew David Lorentzen; and their spouses and families.
For thirty-six years Steve was a member of Plumbers and Pipe Fitters Local 9 (Freehold, NJ), retiring in 1983. His wife, children and grandchildren will always remember him as a loving and devoted husband, father and "Grandpop." Roz and Steve raised their family in Middletown, NJ, where Steve could often be found playing football in the side yard with the kids in the neighborhood. He was also a diehard Giants fan and an avid tennis player.
His grandchildren always enjoyed his sense of humor, his war stories, and his reminiscences of his early courtship with Grandmom. Steve had a love of music, which developed over the course of his lifetime. He led the choir aboard ship during WWII, and during this time he also became an accomplished jazz drummer. His sense of rhythm often took him to a number of dance halls where, according to his wife, Roz, and sister, Evelyn, he cut a dashing figure, winning numerous jitterbug contests. His daughter, Rosalia, cherishes the memory of her dad as her very first dance teacher.
Joseph Stephen Bulvanoski entered into eternal rest having "done his job well" for ninety-one years,serving God, his family, and his country. A mass of Christian burial will be offered Wed., June 19 at 10 am at Church of the Epiphany, 615 Thiele Rd., Brick. Interment will follow at Brig. Gen. WC Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Arneytown.
Published in Home News Tribune & Asbury Park Press from June 16 to June 18, 2013