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 Joseph Dorzinsky

Joseph Dorzinsky

Death 21 Nov 2012 (aged 92)
Burial West Wyoming, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, USA
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Joseph Dorzinsky
Nov. 21, 2012

Joseph Dorzinsky, 92, of Wilkes-Barre Township, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, at the VA Medical Center, Wilkes-Barre.

He was born in Wilkes-Barre, on Dec. 22, 1919, and was a son of the late Michael and Julia (Yankovich) Dorzinsky. He graduated from Wilkes-Barre Township High School and was a driving force behind their 1938 basketball state championship team. Joe married his lovely bride, Clara Mraczkowski, on Feb.12, 1949, and shared 59 wonderful years before her passing in 2008.

Joe was a Navy veteran serving as a Corpsman (medic) during World War II in the Pacific Theater. He was attached to F Company 2nd Battalion 2nd Regiment 2nd Division USMC, participating in the battles of Saipan, Okinawa and the occupation of Japan, landing him in Nagasaki following the dropping of the atomic bomb. He earned the Pacific Theater Ribbon (one star), the American Theater Ribbon and the Victory Medal.

Joe Dorzinsky, Sergeant 1st Class, also served with the United States Active Army Reserve 300th Field Hospital from February 1963, through December 1979, when he achieved "retired" status.

Prior to his retirement, he was employed for 30 years at the Tobyhanna Army Depot. Before the war, Joe held many jobs, which included railroad switchman as well as working in the mining industry and the steel mills.

Mr. Dorzinsky was a member of Our Lady of Hope Parish, Wilkes-Barre, formerly St. Mary's Church of the Maternity. He also was a 1972 charter member of the Wilkes-Barre Township Fire Department, a member of the Wilkes-Barre Township American Legion Post 815; the VFW and the Georgetown Good Neighborhood Club.

Joe loved working in his garden, taking great pride in having the best and most beautifully manicured yard in the township. Sitting on his back porch was his pleasure, gazing at his masterpiece. He also enjoyed watching sports of all kinds on TV. Although the Phillies, Eagles and the Sixers were his favorites, Joe maintained allegiance to his Cleveland teams, having lived in Cleveland prior to the war.

Joe was exceptionally proud of his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and his sidekick brother, Walter.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Clara; his parents, Michael and Julia; his brothers, John, Michael; sister, Christina (Tina) Rokaski; brother-in-law, Charlie Rokaski; and nephew, Lance Cpl. Mark Rokaski, USMC.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 9 a.m. from the Jendrzewski Funeral Home, Wilkes-Barre, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in Our Lady of Hope Parish, 40 Park Ave., Wilkes-Barre.

Interment will be in St. Mary's Maternity Cemetery, West Wyoming.

Friends may call Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. in the funeral home.

Joe's family would like to thank everyone who prayed and supported him during these last few weeks.

Published in Times Leader on November 25, 2012.




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  • Find A Grave Memorial 101363987
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Joseph Dorzinsky (22 Dec 1919–21 Nov 2012), Find A Grave Memorial no. 101363987, citing Saint Marys Church of the Maternity Cemetery, West Wyoming, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Rich Fedoush (contributor 46805205) .