Joseph Stanek

Obituary of Joseph F. Stanek

Joe Stanek was a beloved family man who always tried to make sure everyone around him was comfortable and taken care of. He met his wife, Norma, when he was just ten years old and her family moved into the neighborhood. They hit it off later in their teen years and became an inseparable couple. The two shared 47 years together as husband and wife and were blessed with three daughters – Marie, Katie, and Jenny. Joe loved his wife and kids more than anything in the world and worked very hard to be a good role model and provider. A workplace accident in 1982 left Joe disabled and with many lasting health complications, but he never let that get in the way of taking care of what he needed to do. His yard was his pride and joy as he loved gardening and maintaining a beautiful landscape and growing strawberries and grapes. What he wasn’t able to do, Norma would take care of. They always tackled everything together as a team. One of the greatest joys of Joe’s life was becoming a grandpa to his 5 grandchildren (and several grand-dogs!). He was lucky enough to have several of them living very close to him that he got to visit often. Any time the grandkids were over, he would take the opportunity to teach them to do whatever it was he was working on, tending the garden and growing pumpkins together. He was a lot of fun to be around and had a special relationship with each of his grandkids, who will sorely miss him. When he wasn’t gardening or spending time with his family, Joe loved to watch football and play blackjack at the casino. He was an avid hunter in his younger years, and always hunted with a bow as he felt it was more sportsman-like. He loved riding around the yard on his John Deere tractor. His Catholic faith was a very important part of his life as well. He was a regular churchgoer until it became too hard for him to sit in the pews due to his injury. He always felt it was important to continue to fulfil his Christian obligation to serve others though, and continued to donate to various causes and organizations his entire life. He was especially supportive of the Shriners, as well as anything his kids or grandkids got involved in. Joe always did his best to support others, always offering food, money, or anything else he thought might be helpful to someone. Although he will be truly missed by those who knew him, he leaves behind many memories that will be cherished for years to come. Stanek, Joseph of Hamburg, NY on March 15, 2022. Devoted husband of Norma (nee Persinger); Beloved father of Marie (Timothy) Surdyk, Katie Stanek, and Jenny Stanek; Loving grandfather of Lilly-Ann, Marley, Gavin, Alayna, Grady, and granddog Sir Henry; Brother of Daniel (Mary) Stanek, Richard (Veronica) Stanek, and Rosemarie (Richard) Kuta; also survived by nieces, nephews, and friends. Per Joe’s wishes, no services will be held. Donations in his memory may be made to the Shriners. For online condolences and donations, please visit
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