Joseph Adam Klocek

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Joseph Adam Klocek, 80, of Allentown, passed away peacefully Jan. 1 at Holy Family Manor, Bethlehem.

Joe was born in Shenandoah, Dec. 24, 1938, to the late Joseph and Stella Zalewski Klocek. He was the second youngest of ten children.

He graduated in 1956 from J.W. Cooper High School and received his associate's degree from Thaddeus Stephens College of Technology, formerly Stephens Trade School, Lancaster.

Throughout his entire career, Joe was a member, as well as president, of Local 23 Heat & Frost Insulators. He was instrumental in establishing the Joint Apprenticeship Training Program, as well as the first person certified in the state of Pa. for asbestos abatement. Joe enjoyed hunting, fishing, origami and detailed woodworking projects. He could easily repair anything from a Barbie doll to a broken furnace. Handmade puppet theatres and toys were enjoyed by the grandchildren. Joe was the walking Wikipedia of his generation.

His generous heart and infectious smile will be dearly missed by all.

Joe was preceded in death by his newborn son, Kenneth J., 1962.

Joe is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Arlene V. (Dereskiewicz) Klocek; daughters, Angela (Michael) Peters, Greensboro, N.C.; Marcia (Christopher) Tallarico, Bethlehem, and Susan (Melvin) Smith, Fort Valley, Ga.; brothers, Stanley and Lawrence; sisters, Mary Ann and Rose Ann; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.

A memorial celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Oravitz Home for Funerals Inc., 40 N. Jardin St., Shenandoah, with scripture services officiated by Monsignor Ronald Bocian. Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m., prior to the service. Burial will follow at St. Casimir Polish Roman Catholic Cemetery, Shenandoah Heights.

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Published in Republican & Herald on Jan. 3, 2019
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