If you never had the honor of calling Joseph Jasiekiewicz "dad", "Papa Joe", or "Dzadziu", you were not as lucky as those that did. And, if you never had the pleasure to witness him flash his porch light as you drove away, receive one of his Drakkar Noir scented hugs, or hear one of his jokes, then your days were not nearly as bright as they could have been.
Joseph Jasiekiewicz was born in Wheeling, West Virginia on October 27, 1925 and grew up on a farm in Monson, Massachusetts. Like many of the "Great Generation", Joseph served in the armed forces during World War II, and was sent to fight in the Pacific Theatre, where he was wounded during the Battle of Okinawa. While Joe did have the misfortune of losing a lung to the war, the military did give him the opportunity to spend some time in Hawaii, where he obtained and learned to play a ukulele (a joy he recently attempted to share with his great-grandson).
Joe will be deeply missed by his wife of over seventy years, Eva Jasiekiewicz (Auger). After his discharge from the Army, Eva "stood him up" for a blind date. But, Lady Luck was definitely on Eva's side, when one year later, she was given a second chance to win the heart of the man everyone called "Sinatra", when the two met at a dance at the Polish Hall in Gilbertville, Massachusetts. The two were married on October 27, 1951 and had three sons. While raising his family, Joe worked as an auto body man and became known in the area for his workmanship and attention to detail.
In addition to his wife, Joe is survived by his loving sons (the only two in the family that were wise enough to "lose the long handle" as he said), Michael Jasik and Mark Jasik; as well as by his devoted daughters-in-law, Joyce Jasik and Lisa Jasiekiewicz-Zearfoss . "Papa Joe's or "Dzadziu's" absence will be deeply felt by his five adoring granddaughters (his "babies"), Alicia Jasiekiewicz, Amanda Dusza (Jasiekiewicz), Lacey Jasiekiewicz, Jennifer Jasik, and Kimberly Jasik. He will also be greatly missed by his great-grandson, Lukasz "the prince" Dusza, who will have to find a new supplier of jelly beans. Joseph also leaves behind several nieces and nephews, as well as his special friends, Pam and Carol, who kept Joe comfortable and showered him with love and affection during his final days.
Upon his passing, Joe was reunited with his youngest son, John K. Jasiekiewicz (d. 1999), who greeted his father at the Gates of Heaven with a long overdue embrace and escorted him to a fun filled reunion with all of the people and pets that Joe loved, that went before him.
Joe will be cremated, and interred at St. Aloysius Cemetery in Gilbertville, Massachusetts. A Private Service will be held for the family later this spring.
Cebula Funeral Home of Ware is assisting Joe's family with the final arrangements. For more information and online guest book, please visit: www.cebulafuneralhome.com .
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