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Chwirka, Joseph Daniel

Joe Chwirka, age 60, passed away on January 28, 2016. He loved his family, the outdoors, and his work as a civil engineer. Not one to be idle, Joe's hobbies included car maintenance, building homes, salmon fishing in Alaska & climbing "fourteeners" in his native state of Colorado.

As a civil engineer, Joe was highly regarded for his advanced knowledge in the treatment of industrial wastewater. His education included degrees in microbiology and civil engineering from Colorado State University and the University of Maine. His professional life was dedicated to project management, planning, design, and construction administration of water & wastewater facilities.

Joe was a loving father and husband.

Joseph Chwirka, his father, preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Becky; son, Ben; and daughter, Haleigh. His mother, Doris Chwirka & siblings, Kari Chwirka, Janie Johns, and Steve Chwirka, also survive him.

In keeping with his advice to his children, " Go the extra mile," Joe believed in exceeding expectations. He presented himself with integrity and fervor in his professional and personal life experiences.

A memorial Mass will be held at St. Joseph Church, 7 First Street, Cerrillos, NM on Saturday, February 6 at 11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be mailed to the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center, Attn: Director of Development, 1201 Camino de Salud NE Albuquerque, NM 87131 or made online at

Published in Albuquerque Journal on Jan. 31, 2016
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