In memory of
Joseph "Joe" Wozniak
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In memory of
Joseph "Joe" Wozniak
Beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and uncle, Joseph "Joe" Wozniak, 99, passed away peacefully Oct. 10, 2016. Formerly of Reynolds, he resided at White Oak Health Campus of Monticello. Joe was married to Annabelle Languell, who preceded him in death on July 25, 2013. He is survived by his three daughters, Sally (Jim) Swingley, Parker City, Susan (Larry) Wilson, Medford, N.J., and Peggy (Steve) Sublette, Lafayette. Also surviving are six grandchildren, Laurel (Mark) Smith, Carmel, Yolande Ferguson, Gilbert, Ariz., Chad (Kristy) Wilson, Mullica Hill, N.J., Shawn (Linda) Sublette, Avon, Tim (Elizabeth) Wilson, Phoenixville, N.J., and Derek (Stacey) Sublette, Indianapolis; and nine great-grandchildren, Jacob (Daniella) Smith, Alyssa Smith, Caitlynn, Sam, and Logan Sublette, Brayden and Cassandra Wilson, and Scout Sublette. Joe was born Aug. 31, 1917, in Massena, N.Y. He was the only son of Polish immigrants, Frank and Magdalena Zaranska Wozniak. To honor his parents in perpetuity, he had their names engraved on the Wall of Honor at Ellis Island. Joe had an impressive military career, which started during the Depression when he was just 15. He joined the Citizens Military Training Corps (CMTC) for one summer. In 1934 at age 17, he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) for one year, and joined the New York National Guard the following year. Joe joined the U. S. Army in 1937 and was assigned to the 52nd Coast Artillery. After training as an electrician he served at Fort Hancock, N.J. and Fort Ruger, Hawaii. After his stint in the army, he attended Indiana Technical School in Fort Wayne. There he met and married Annabelle on Nov. 14, 1938. When World War II broke out, through a series of unusual events, Joe was activated into the U. S. Navy. He received training in Sound and Motion Picture, and served all of his time throughout the war on the troop transport ship USS Guilford APA 112. He was discharged from the Navy on Jan. 21, 1945, and returned home to Reynolds. In 1947 he joined the Army Reserves and achieved Chief Warrant Officer (CW4). He retired in 1977 after 30 years of service. On April 29, 2013, Joe was one of the honored WWII veterans flown to Washington, D.C. by the Honor Flight organization. Upon returning home after the war Joe worked as an electrician for the Monon Shops in Lafayette until he retired in 1977. He then joined the Old Rails Organization and was an active member of that group. Joe was a member of the Reynolds United Methodist Church where he served on many committees. He held leadership roles at both the local and district level. After helping organize the first Volunteer Fire Department in Reynolds Joe became its first fire chief. He also served on the Reynolds town board. He was a respected member of the Monticello Masonic Lodge F. & A.M. #154, where he attained a 32nd degree. He then joined the Murat Shrine of Indianapolis and for many years he volunteered to chaperone groups of children to the Shrine Circus in Indianapolis. As an active member of the White County Council on Aging, he served as a liaison representative at the state level. Because of his service in the White County region, Joe was known and loved by many people. With his many friends he enjoyed playing golf and going on fishing trips. He also enjoyed hunting with his sons-in-law and nephews. At home he enjoyed gardening and wood-working. Both Joe and Annabelle loved traveling. After two tours of Europe they traveled extensively in the United States and managed to get to all 50 states. After purchasing a motor home, they enjoyed spending winters in Florida or southern Texas. In all the richness of his life, Joe most valued his wife and family. Most treasured were the times spent with his daughters, sons-in-law, grandkids and great-grandkids. Everyone Joe came in contact with was drawn to his wonderful sense of humor, his quick wit, and his outgoing personality. He touched so many lives throughout his own, and will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Visitation will be from 4 - 7 p.m. Friday at the Miller–Roscka Funeral Home of Monticello. Full Masonic Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday followed by Shriner's Walk– Through, and Celebration of Life Service with John Westfall officiating. Burial with Full Military Rites by the Monticello Veterans Honor Guard will follow at the I.O.O.F. Riverview Cemetery in rural Monticello. See: www.miller-rosckafh.com
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