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Joseph J. Burinsky Obituary
JOSEPH J. BURINSKY, 85, OF POTTSTOWN Joseph J. Burinsky, 85, a long-time Pottstown resident, died on August 16, 2013 from natural causes at St. Agnes Hospital in Baltimore, MD. He was being treated at Summit Park Health and Rehabilitation Center in Catonsville, MD, and had resided previously at Greenfield Senior Living in Schwenksville, PA. The family would like to express their deepest thanks for the kind and dedicated care provided by the staffs at both facilities. A 1946 graduate of Frackville High School, Mr. Burinsky was born in Shenandoah, PA on August 3, 1928 to the late Helen (Stefancavage) and Joseph J. Burinsky. Baptized Juozas Jonas Burinskas, he was proud of his Lithuanian heritage, and he passed this pride along to his sons. He was preceded in death in 2007 by his wife of 56 years, Loretta (Rudwolis) Burinsky, and by his two brothers, Charles and John. He is survived by three sons, David and wife, Jean, Arlington, TX; Frank and wife, Bettina, Bloomfield Hills, MI, and Steve and girlfriend, Jennifer Haughton, Columbia, MD; granddaughter, Catherine, of Sterling Heights, MI, and two step-grandsons; Alex Galarza, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Andres Galarza, 1LT United States Army, and wife, Susana, Clarksville, TN. Mr. Burinsky was a Korean War era veteran of the United States Navy, serving on active duty from 1952-1956 as an Engineman aboard the USS Belle Grove, based in Norfolk, VA, and later in San Diego, CA. He participated in Operation Barchange, an Arctic supply mission supporting the construction of continental defense systems in Alaska, and Operation Castle, a six-detonation atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini and Eniwetok atolls in the Marshall Islands. He served as a Naval Reservist for over 30 years, assigned primarily to Willow Grove Naval Air Station, retiring at the rank of Senior Chief Petty Officer. He was a 1984 graduate of the U.S. Navy Senior Enlisted Academy and was known to say that "many have served with more distinction, but none have served more proudly." He was a past President of American Legion Post No. 47 - George A. Amole. Mr. Burinsky worked from the age of 15 as an auto mechanic and was a trained HVAC technician and electrician. He worked at Kaiser Chevrolet, Philco-Ford, Univac, Merck Sharp & Dohme, and as a construction electrician. His auto repair skills saved the day and many a dollar while his boys were in college. He and Mrs. Burinsky were original members in 1960 of the North End Swim Club, where three sons spent countless hours growing-up and for which they will never be able to thank them enough. Mr. Burinsky enjoyed travel and caught many hops out of Willow Grove to points far and wide. Some of his favorite trips included The Azores, Scotland, Sicily, and Uruguay. He was ahead of his time in embracing healthful eating and supplementation, and his longevity was a testament to his habits. A funeral service will be held Friday, August 23, 2013, 10:30 a.m. at Catagnus Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Inc., 711 N. Franklin Street, Pottstown. Friends and family may pay their respects at a viewing on Friday from 9 to 10:15 a.m. Interment will follow at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, PA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mr. Burinsky's memory to the Visiting Nurses Association of Pottstown (vnapottstown.org). View obituaries or send condolences at www.catagnusfuneralhomes.com

Published in The Mercury on Aug. 20, 2013
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