Joseph S. Starr Zarzecki

Obituary
  • "Uncle Joe was a rare treasure and will be greatly missed...."
    - Mike and Peggy Vogel
  • "So sorry for your loss. He was always such a nice man."
    - Amy Sanderson
  • "Rest in peace Uncle Joe. Love, Brenda"
    - Brenda Jones

SALAMANCA - Joseph S. "Joe" Starr Zarzecki died Sunday (Dec. 2, 2018) in his home, following a long illness.

Joe was born Dec. 18, 1934. He was the son of the late Stanley Starr and Monica (Mageira) Starr.

He grew up in Salamanca and graduated from Salamanca High School a year early, in 1952. He went on to join the United States Air Force, becoming a Staff Sergeant. He served 12 years in strategic air command, and then five years under civilian government contract with Philco Electronics. He served during the Korean Conflict and later during the Vietnam Era, earning several commendations, awards and medals.

Following his time in the Air Force, Joe married Janilen Carter, who predeceased him. With his wife and son, Joe moved back to Salamanca in 1974, where he worked for Brundage News. After a short-time he became self-employed and started a company called J&M News.

Once he retired, one of Joe's favorite pastimes was going to Seneca bingo.

His family remembers him as a great story teller. His best-known stories were from time he spent in the Air Force; about all the different countries he saw and interesting people he met along the way. Joe is also remembered for putting his cheery, talkative personality to work, visiting many of the Salamanca nursing home residents and running errands for them.

Joe is survived by a son, Michael Zarzecki of Olean; a stepdaughter, Jolene (Carney) Moores of Maryland; one brother, Ret. U.S. Army Major Sergeant David (Sandra) Starr of St. Charles, Mo.; six grandchildren; and several great grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his wife, Janilen (Carter) Zarzecki; and a stepdaughter, Kathleen Carney. He was also predeceased by a brother, Ret. Sergeant Major Theodore Starr, USMC; and two sisters, Betty Anderson and Isadora MacLeod.

No doubt he will be missed by many. His family would like to extend a special thanks to his long-time and personal friend, Maureen Reynolds, also of Salamanca.

As Joe wished, his body was donated to the UB Anatomical Gift program for medical research. Further to his request, there will be no funeral service.
Published in The Olean Times Herald on Dec. 8, 2018
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