Joseph Charles Borek
1926 - 2020
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12/31/1926 - 12/17/2020 Joseph Charles Borek was born in Hoquiam, WA to Karol John and Bernice (Pelzar) Borek in 1926. Bernice passed away when Joseph was only two and his father was left to raise both he and his sister Sophie. Joseph and Sophie were raised by their aunts until adulthood after their father's passing. After high school, fate moved him to sunny Long Beach, CA, to help run the Fox Imperial Theater. He would be promoted to a management position at the Fox Theater in San Pedro, CA. There he met (his fate) the love of life, Anna Rose Guglielmo, while working together at the theater. He instantly fell in love and they were married six months later December 27, 1952. During the Korean War, he was drafted and stationed at Fort Ord where he served as a Postmaster for over 4000 men and awarded a Superior ranking by his Commander. After the war he worked as an Engineer at General Motors for 30 years until retirement. Then after 17 years of marriage and many prayers, daughter Carrie Ann was born in 1970. Bored with retirement, he then worked as a bookkeeper for Fleitz Brothers in the San Pedro Marina for over 10 years. Joe moved to Seal Beach after Anna's passing in 2004, and lived with daughter Carrie Ann & son-in law, Tim for 13 years, then moved back to Rancho Palos Verdes for the remainder of his life. Papa Joe will be known for his kindness, big heart, loyalty, strong work ethic, his artistic talents of painting, drawing and creating something out of nothing and ability to solve problems with a hopeful attitude. He loved his family with such devotion, along with all the animals in his life, especially Suzy, Shelly and Indy. Being part of a large Italian fishing family, he enjoyed fresh seafood and living his entire life by the Pacific Ocean. He is survived by his daughter, Carrie Ann and son-in-law, Timothy Rettberg; two grandchildren, Nicqueline and Luc; brother-in-law, Vern Sedig; sisters in-law, Dolores Guglielmo, Mary (Mike) Dzida and Rose (Bernard) Lamoureux; many loving nieces, nephews and cousins. Services will be private. Please sign the guest book at

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Published in Palos Verdes Peninsula News on Dec. 27, 2020.
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