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January 30, 1947 - July 14, 2022
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Joseph (Joe) David Ziemba, age 75 and a lifelong resident of Old Forge, passed away Thursday evening at the VA Medical Center in Wilkes Barre, after an illness. He is survived by his loving wife, Irene (Dudeck) Ziemba. Married on May 23, 1970, the couple were married for 52 years.
Born in Old Forge on January 30, 1947, and son of the late Chester J. and Shirley (Tompkins) Ziemba, Joe was a graduate of Old Forge High School, Class of 1964. Upon graduation he proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. Upon his honorable discharge he returned home and began raising a family. Throughout his career he held several jobs in construction prior to his retirement from Community Medical Center after 15 years of employment.
Joe loved being outdoors. He was an avid hunter and fisherman who always enjoyed his Canadian fishing trips. He could often be found spending time at his brother’s garage with the “Ziemba family social club” (including fixtures, his brother, Lenny, brother-in-law, J.R., and nephews, Butchie and Jamie) or simply playing cards with his five grandchildren whom he absolutely adored. Above all else, he’ll be remembered as a great man who loved his family.
He is also survived by loving family including his children, Tracy Muth and husband James of Taylor and Joseph Ziemba, Jr. and wife Yvonne of Old Forge; his five grandchildren who adored their “G-Pa”, Samantha, Jimmy, Kimberly, Joshua and Jenna; his brothers, Leonard Ziemba of Old Forge and Robert Ziemba of Arizona; and many nieces and nephews.
He was also preceded in death by his brother, Chester “Cookie” Ziemba.
His family wished to thank the amazing staff of the VA’s I.C.U. and Hospice Unit as well as the Dudeck family for their care, compassion and love throughout a difficult time.
A celebration of Joe’s life is scheduled for Monday, July 25th, at noon in the Thomas P. Kearney Funeral Home, Inc., 517 North Main Street, Old Forge, with burial at St. Stanislaus Cemetery in Old Forge to follow. Military honors will be conducted by the AMVETS Honor Guard. Family and friends are invited to pay their respects at the funeral home on July 25th from 10:00 AM until services.