Joseph Lawrence Seroka, 92, of Lorain, died Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, at Anchor Lodge Nursing Home in Lorain following a lengthy illness.
He was born Aug. 5, 1920, in Amherst, and made his home in Lorain for more than 50 years.
Joseph proudly served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the Pacific Theater aboard the USS Montgomery mine destroyer.
He was employed as a machine operator at Toledo Lorain-Fairport Railroad for more than 30 years before retiring in 1979.
Joseph was a active member of St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Lorain, where he served as a usher. He was a member of the Lorain Disabled American Veterans Louis Paul Proy Chapter 20.
His hobbies included bowling and walking. He loved most of all his time spent with his family.
He is survived by his son, Joseph A. Seroka; daughters and their husbands Carol Ann and Jeff Meyers, and Margaret Cecilia and Robert Hudacek, all of Lorain; six grandchildren; brother, Peter "Chet" Seroka of Avon Lake; and sisters Victoria Shopoff and Mary Bartlome of Amherst.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Patricia Ann Seroka (nee Fabrizio) on Oct. 29, 2004; parents, Anthony and Mary Seroka (nee Bukowski); and his sister, Esther Miller.
Closing prayers were held Saturday, Feb. 16 at Hempel Funeral Home in Amherst, with a Mass of Christian burial at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Amherst.
Burial was at Resthaven Memory Garden, Avon, with full honors by the Amherst Veterans Military Honor Guard.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Cleveland Area Chapter, P.O. Box 74924, Cleveland, OH 44194-4924.
Additional information and online register book are available at www.hempelfuneralhome.com.
Hempel Funeral Home - Amherst
373 Cleveland Avenue
Amherst, OH 44001
Published in The Amherst News-Times on Feb. 21, 2013