1921 ~ 2012
was born December 13, 1921 in Cleveland, Ohio, the first
born son of Slovenian immigrants who came to this country
During the Great Depression, he left home at a young age
and joined the CCC’s, a public works program. The
CCC’s sent Joe to the Northwest where he reclaimed
national forest lands. After the CCC’s, Joe returned
to Cleveland and entered the Merchant Marines, working the
iron ore boats on the Great Lakes during WWII.
After the war, he met and married Marie Straus and together
they had two children. For the next forty years Joe was
employed by the New York Central Railroad as a fireman and
engineer. After his wife’s death in 2008, he moved
to Utah and lived with his son and daughter-in-law.
He is survived by two brothers and a sister, his children
Carol and Stephen, grandchildren Michael and Caroline, and
one great grandchild, Ryan.
Funeral services for Joe will be held on Wednesday, May
2, 2012 at 7:00 pm in the Warenski Funeral Home Chapel,
1776 North 900 East, American Fork, Utah. Friends may call
from 6:00 to 7:00 pm prior to the funeral at the Warenski