Joseph S. Warunek Sr., 75, of Dupont, passed away Friday at Scranton Regional Hospital, Scranton.
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He was born in Dupont July 2, 1938, and was the son of the late Stephen and Josephine (Kutyla) Warunek. Joseph was a member of Sacred Heart Of Jesus Church, Dupont. He attended Dupont schools and graduated from Kingston Vocational School. After high school, he joined the U.S. Army, where he was an enlisted infantrymen and then had the opportunity to become a member of the Army Band as a drummer.
Throughout Joe's life he played drums in several local bands, playing throughout the area and in New York. Joe worked several years for Central Penn Sewing Co., Bloomsburg, and retired after 13 years from Arlington Industries, Taylor. Joseph was an avid ham radio enthusiast; he earned his Extra Class Ham Radio license and his call letters as N3ASX.
Joe also enjoyed fine automobiles. He loved to be with his family and friends, and especially with his beloved dog, Pepper.
He will be deeply missed.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Antoinette "Toni" (Skupen) Warunek, who passed away Aug. 29, 2010; his sons Stephen and James and his brother Bernard.
He is survived by his daughter, Lisa, and her husband, Stanley Zurek, of Pittston Township; sons Joseph and his wife, Barbara, of Millville; John, of Wilkes-Barre; Michael of Pittston; Mark and his wife, Kelly, of Pittston, and Anthony and his wife, Jacqueline, of Pemberton, N.J. Also surviving are his brothers, Frank and Stanley, both of Dupont; 11 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday at Kiesinger Funeral Services Inc., 255 McAlpine St., Duryea. Due to renovations at Sacred Heart Of Jesus Church, the Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. John The Evangelist Church, William St., Pittston, with Father Joseph Verespy officiating. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday.
Interment will be held at Sacred Heart Of Jesus Cemetery, Dupont.
The family of Joseph Warunek would like to thank Dr. Martin Hyzinski and his staff and Dr. Martin J. Moran and staff for their care and support. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 1311 Mamaroneck Ave., Suite 310, White Plains, NY 10605. Online condolences may be made to www.kiesingerfuneralservices.com.
Published in Times Leader on July 14, 2013