August 19, 2012
Joseph P. Chaiko, 84, of Duryea, died Sunday morning at Geisinger Wyoming Valley, Plains Township.
He is survived by his devoted wife of 50 years, Ann P. Chapan Chaiko.
Born in Moosic, on July 30, 1928, he was the son of the late John and Mary Cuprick Chaiko and was a 1945 graduate of Moosic High School. Joe faithfully served our country during World War II with the U.S. Marines and then during the Korean War with the U.S. Army. For many years, he worked for Polarized Meats and retired from Maid Rite Steak Company.
He was a lifelong parishioner of St. Nicholas of Myra Byzantine Catholic Church, Old Forge. His heritage was very important to him and he was member of the Greek Catholic Union, District 5, served as a past delegate to their conventions and bowled in their league. Joe was a member of the American Legion Post 585, Duryea; VFW Post 835 and the West Side Club both of Avoca; Polish American Club, Dupont; the Tarus Club and the German American Federation.
His grandchildren were the love of his life, and he also enjoyed spending time with this special friend, Lilly, who called him Grandpa Joe.
Also surviving are a son, Joseph J., Duryea; two grandchildren, Joseph R. and Nicole E., and their mother, Lisa, all of Pittston; a brother, Charles, and wife, Florence, Old Forge; two sisters, Marie Clifford, Moosic, and Anne Morrell, Cullowhee, N.C.; many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
Brothers John, Michael and George, who was killed in action during World War II, preceded him in death.
The funeral will be Thursday at 9:15 a.m. from the Semian Funeral Home, 704 Union St., Taylor, followed by Divine Liturgy at 10 a.m. in St. Nicholas of Myra Byzantine Catholic Church, 140 Church St., by the Rev. Gary Mensiner. Interment with military honors will be in the parish cemetery, Old Forge. Friends may call Wednesday 4 to 7 p.m. Parastas services will be at 6:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church, 140 Church St., Old Forge, PA 18518.
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