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February 15, 1942 - October 1, 2020
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Joseph Frank Ciolek, age 78, of Plains, passed away Thursday morning at Mt. View Care Center, Scranton, PA. His daughter Christine Johns was by his side, and he was surrounded by love. His wife of 30 years was the former Isabell Thomas who preceded him on February 10, 2019.
Born in Wilkes-Barre, PA on February 15, 1942, he lived all his life in Plains. Son of the late Joseph, Sr., and Sophie (Kosek) Ciolek, he was a graduate of Plains Memorial High School. Joe served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and was awarded the Good Conduct Medal. He was employed for over 30 years by Topps Chewing Gum Co., Duryea, and upon its closure, went to work for Techneglas, Inc., Pittston Twp. Never one to sit around, he went back to work for T.J. Maxx. Prior to his decline in health, Joe could often be seen enjoying his favorite pastime, boating and fishing at Francis Slocum State Park. An avid New York Yankees fan, he had a passion for baseball.
Surviving is his daughter, Christine Johns and husband David III, of Moosic; two grandchildren, Luke and Hannah Johns. Surviving siblings, Leonard Ciolek and wife Collette of Dallas, PA, Ronald Ciolek and wife Lori Anne of Luzerne, PA, Sister-In-Law, Josephine Ciolek of Duryea, PA., as well as nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
A brother, Robert M. Ciolek, preceded him.
His family wishes to thank Compassion Care Hospice for the countless hours of care and support they have given him and his family over the past few days. As well as continued countless support of his friends and neighbors for providing Joseph with companionship, love and care over the last few years since the passing of his wife, Isabell.
Due to the current pandemic, a private memorial service, under the care and direction of Thomas P. Kearney Funeral Home, Inc., Old Forge, will take place at the convenience of the family.