Joseph Gornik
1937 - 2021
{ "" }
Share
Share Joseph's life story with friends and family
Send an Email
Or Copy this URL to Share
Surrounded by his family, Joseph Robert Gornik of Steelton, PA passed away peacefully in his home on February 19, 2021. He was 83 years old. Joseph (Joe) is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Margie (Matjasic) Gornik; son, Joseph (Joey); two half-sisters, Patricia Little and Barbara Highfield of Harrisburg, PA; a half-brother, Lawrence Strawn of Washington, PA, and three grandchildren, Joseph and Stephen Gornik of Lehigh Acres, Fl, and Andrea Gornik of Claremont, CA. He is also survived by numerous cousins, nieces and nephews, and many friends who were fortunate to cross his path. Joe was born September 3, 1937, and was preceded in death by his mother, Ann Suknaic James, as well as his loving grandparents, Mary and Martin Gornik. Joe was a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, uncle and friend and a member of Prince of Peace Roman Catholic Parish. He was a kind, generous, compassionate and caring man. Joe worked for 4 railroads: Pennsylvania Railroad, Penn Central Railroad, Conrail, and he eventually retired from Norfolk Southern Railroad where he served as a dispatcher for 34 years. He was also an avid saltwater fisherman who called Montauk his favorite place to fish. Joe enjoyed antiquing, flea markets, and garage sales. He was a veteran of the United States Army and a member of KSKJ lodge. Joe will be remembered by those closest to him for his honor, integrity and compassion. The family would like to pay special thanks to John Matjasic, Hank Ward, Homeland Hospice and all caregivers for their efforts, care and dedication. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, February 23, 2021, at 11:30 am in Prince of Peace-Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church, 815 S. Second St., Steelton, PA with Very Rev. David L. Danneker, his Pastor as Celebrant. Burial will be in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery with full military honors. A viewing will be held on Tuesday from 10:00 am until 11:00 am in Wiedeman Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 357 South Harrisburg Street, OBERLIN, PA 17113. COVID-19 restrictions will be enforced. Face masks and social distancing will be required. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Homeland Hospice, 2300 Vartan Way, Harrisburg, PA 17110 or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959. www.pennlive.com/obits


To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.
Published in Patriot-News from Feb. 20 to Feb. 21, 2021.
MAKE A DONATION
Please consider a donation, as requested by the family.
Memories & Condolences
Guest Book sponsored by Wiedeman Funeral Home & Cremation Services Inc
Not sure what to say?
5 entries
March 2, 2021
I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER MY COUSIN JOE AS THE MAN WHO WAS THERE FOR MY PARENTS WHEN THEY NEEDED HELP...MY FOREVER THANKS TO YOU AND MARGIE....I WILL MISS YOU COUSIN JOE...LOVE, BERNADENE
Family
February 22, 2021
What a great man, very kind and friendly. Did not have the opportunity to get to know him very well but so very likeable. Will surely be missed
Nicole Ballard Ramseur-Little
Family
February 21, 2021
My cousin Joe was a kind, sweet man & tho our paths didn't cross often, when they did I knew he was someone I could count on if I ever needed a friend. My prayers are with Margie as I know it's never easy to lose a loved one after so many years.
Dolly Rivers
Family
February 21, 2021
We worked with Joe at Enola Yards, for many years. Joe was always fun to be around and loved to hear all about his fishing trips, about all those big cod he caught. Sincere condolences to Marge and family. Bill & Sandy Baer




Sandy Baer
Coworker
February 20, 2021
Joe Gornik was a great guy to work with on the railroad. We became friends in 1965 and enjoyed working together while we worked in Enola Yard. The good memories are so many that I will cherish them all my days.
Very sorry for your loss Marge and family.

Jim Leonard
Jim Leonard
Friend
Invite others to add memories
Share to let others add their own memories and condolences