Joseph Godek

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Joseph Godek, 83, Atlantic Avenue, DuBois, died Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, at his home, after a lengthy illness.
Born Nov. 20, 1930, in DuBois, he was the son of the late George and Sophie Siwy Godek. He was married to Mary Catherine Polifko "Mary K." on June 25, 1955. She survives.
Joe graduated high school in DuBois, the class of 1948 and was a self-employed business owner from the time he was a young man. He started with a dry cleaning route in the 1950s and then founded Joe's Dry Cleaning and Joe's Tux Shop. He started the first coin-op laundromat in the DuBois area ultimately owning five laundromats and a car wash. Joe owned rental houses and apartment buildings around the DuBois and surrounding areas. He organized teen dances in the 1960s at the Elks Club in DuBois and Emporium bringing in the top bands for the local teens. Joe was a drummer who played in numerous bands including the Gay J's and Godek Trio.
Joe was the ultimate entertainer. He loved playing his accordion or sax at church festivals, community events or parties. He selected 10 young teenage musicians and directed them in a band known as the Hilltoppers. In addition, he organized entertainment and initiated the monthly birthday parties at Christ the King Manor starting in the 1970s. He started the "Singing Santas" with musician friends all dressed as Santa to entertain around the area. Joe was always involved with the youth of the area. He directed the St. Michael's Junior Choir with more than 60 kids and organized kids' day, providing entertainment at the St. Michael's Polish Festival for years. In addition, Joe was in charge of the Children's Christmas parties at the Lithuanian Club and the Pulaski.
Joe was a member of St. Michael's the Archangel Catholic Church, Lithuanian Club, IP&S, and a member and past officer of the Pulaski Club. He was an avid bowler and golfer and participated in the DuBois Country Club Twilight Golf League and the Litts Club Bowling League. He also enjoyed twice yearly golf trips.
Joe loved family events and always had a surprise event or activity awaiting those attending. He especially enjoyed planning activities such as treasure hunts, picnics, and outings for his grandchildren.
He is also survived by four children: Mrs. Ted (Laurie) Fitzer of DuBois, Susan Andreottola of Stoneham, Mass., Mrs. Dave (Patty) Conyers of Sandston, Va., and Mrs. Cliff (Lisa) Dixon of Beavercreek, Ohio; seven grandchildren: Michael, Chris and Mark Andreottola of Massachusetts, Joanna and Julie Fitzer of DuBois and Andrew and Tyler Dixon of Ohio.
He was also preceded in death by four brothers and two sisters: Victor, Floyd, Stella Sweka, Ann Cazzoli, Martin and John, leaving Joe to be the last surviving member of his immediate family.
A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church of DuBois, with the Rev. Fr. Edward Walk as celebrant. Visitation will be held for Joe from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. Thursday at the Leo Nedza Funeral Home of DuBois.
Joe's family suggests memorial donations be made to the DuBois Central Catholic School or .
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Leo Nedza Funeral Home
199 West DuBois Avenue
Du Bois, PA 15801
(814) 371-4567
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Published in The Courier Express from Sept. 16 to Sept. 18, 2014
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