Josef Wlosek, age 99, passed away on Monday, December 30, 2019. He was born on December 25, 1920, in Gabułtów, Poland, to Piotr and Teofila (Nocon) Włusek.
Held within a forced labor camp throughout WWII, he served within the Polish Guard following the close of the war. It was at the U.S. P.X. in Erding, Germany where he met his wife, Gertrude. They exchanged marriage vows on February 17, 1950 and spent 59 years together at the time of Trudy’s passing. In 1951, Joe and Trudy were sponsored to come to the United States by Trudy’s beloved cousin, Elsie Smith. Joe had been employed as a machinist at Airco Speer for 31 years.
Joe was happiest while dancing with Trudy, playing cards, gardening, discussing politics, and spending time with friends and family. He is survived by his daughter, Elsie (Robert Martino); grandchildren, Nicholas (Heather) Martino, and Joseph Martino; and great-grandchildren, Christopher, and Lea. Josef was predeceased by his wife on January 12, 2010; brothers, Stefan, Stanislaw, Piotr and sister, Zofia.
Visitation will be on Saturday, January 4th from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 NOON in the Chapel of OTTO REDANZ FUNERAL HOME, 2215 MILITARY ROAD, NIAGARA FALLS, NY, where a funeral service will follow visitation, with Rev. Robert Fink officiating. Private entombment in St. Joseph Cemetery, Niagara Falls, NY. Flowers are graciously declined, donations are welcomed to Hospice Buffalo. Arrangements are under the care of Michael R. Goodlander. To share condolences and view his tribute video, visit GOODLANDERCARES.com
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