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Joseph A. Jurkoic

AGE: 89 • Point Pleasant

Joseph A. Jurkoic, M.D. AGE: 89 Formerly of Point Pleasant, NJ and Bellows Falls, VT, Retired Pediatrician and U.S. Navy Korean War Veteran passed away peacefully on August 23, 2017 at his home in Jamaica Plain, MA. Beloved husband of the late Patricia (Egan). Loving father of Nancy Jurkoic Wilson and her husband Scott of West Roxbury; Joseph A. Jurkoic, Jr. (Jay) of Ludlow, VT; Craig Jurkoic of Goleta, CA; Donald Jurkoic and his wife Tolonda of Denver CO; John Jurkoic of Atlantic Highlands, NJ; and Kristin Jurkoic and her husband Kieran Fitzgibbon of Jamaica Plain. He was cherished by his 9 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Born in Bellows Falls VT, he emerged from the Great Depression as a graduate of St. Michael's College and the University of Vermont Medical School thanks to the help and support of his older siblings. He entered the U.S. Navy as a lieutenant and served as a medical doctor supporting elite divers during the Korean conflict before continuing his career as a pediatrician in private practice in the Pt. Pleasant, NJ area. "Dr. Joe" was deeply devoted to the care of his patients and served multiple generations of families for over 40 years, often providing free service to those in need. His charity and dedication extended to the larger community as a lifelong member of the Lions Club and supporter of the local Catholic Church. He will long be missed and forever remembered for his intelligence, good humor, selfless dedication, hard work, generosity, and love for the people and places of the Jersey Shore.

Wake was held at the William J. Gormley Funeral Home, 2055 Centre Street, WEST ROXBURY on Sunday August 27. www.gormleyfuneral.com. Funeral Services were held August 29th under the care of the Fenton and Hennessey Funeral Home 55 Westminster Street, Bellows Falls, VT, 05101 (fentonandhennessey.com) and St. Charles Church, Bellows Falls VT. Interment Sacred Heart Cemetery, Bellows Falls, VT.

Donations in Dr. Jurkoic's memory may be made to St Michael's College Library Fund, One Winooski, Park, Colchester, VT 05439 or via the web at smcvt.edu.
Published in Asbury Park Press on Sept. 10, 2017
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