Beloved father and grandfather, Joseph J. Nitecki Sr., 92, of Tiffin, passed away peacefully Friday, Oct. 19, 2012.
He was born March 23, 1920, in Tiffin, to Walter and Antonia (Weslowski) Nitecki.
Survivors include two daughters, Jeanne Brock, his devoted caregiver, of Tiffin and Susan (John Estenik) Nitecki of Worthington; two sons, Bruce Nitecki of Toledo and Joe (Roberta) Nitecki Jr. of Tiffin; 12 grandchildren, Danny, Elizabeth, Nick, Nathan, Timothy Jr., Christina, Alex, Andrew, Amy, Todd, Bryan and Shanae; and many great-grandchildren. Joe had great pride in his children and grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Francis; one sister, Helen; and a son, Timothy Nitecki Sr.
Joseph graduated in 1939 from Tiffin Calvert High School. He served as a sergeant in the 528th Field Artillery Battalion from 1941-1945, and was deployed to the European Theatre during World War II. He fought in Rhineland Central Europe, and was awarded 2 Bronze Stars, a World War II Victory Medal, and other recognitions for his service in combat.
After his discharge, he belonged to Plumbers and Pipe Fitters Local 50. He also owned and operated Nitecki's Plumbing and Heating for many years. After his retirement, he drove a van for the Seneca County Commission on Aging. He enjoyed music, dancing, reading, traveling, riding his motorcycle, and was a life-long animal lover. Joe was a talented builder and very handy; building the family home and re-building a Model T Ford.
A graveside service will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Tiffin, with military honors conducted by the United Veterans' Council.
Friends may meet with the family from 10-10:45 a.m. Saturday at Hoffmann-Gottfried-Mack Funeral Home & Crematory, 236 S. Washington St., Tiffin.
Memorial contributions may be made to Stein Hospice.
Condolences may be sent and the guestbook signed at www.hgmackfuneralhome.com.