Joseph John Zajdel, age 89, of McKeesport, died November 4, 2021, at St. Anne Home. Born December 28, 1931, in McKeesport, he was the son of the late Antonio and Apolonia (Yerkey) Zajdel and husband of the late Annabelle Zajdel.
Joe, or Jozius as the family called him, proudly served in the U.S. Air Force from 1951-1977, earning the rank of Technical Sergeant. He was a member of the PNA Lodge #352, the 11th Ward Club, the Croatian Club in McKeesport, and Mary, Mother of God Parish. Joseph was an avid fisherman who spent summers at his fishing camp. He loved all sports, played on senior leagues, and always had a television tuned to a game. He traveled the world during his military career and in retirement.
Joe is survived by a sister, Cecelia "Sarah" Mols; grandchildren, Robin (David) Petersen-Webster, Monte Petersen, and Carrie (Brian) Boden; great-grandchildren, Tatum (Dirk) Russell, Addison Bare, Sam Boden, Caroline Webster, Cristian Petersen, Hayden Boden, and Phoebe Boden; great-granddaughters, Morgan, Lakelyn, and Annalise Russell; many nieces and nephews including, LonJean Frederick, Rick, and Mike Krivda and many friends in McKeesport. He was also preceded in death by a step-daughter, JoAnn Petersen; siblings, Wanda Wilk, Benjamin Zajdel, Otto Zajdel, Veronia Zajdel, Edward Zajdel, John Zajdel, Genevieve Myczka, and Mary Gradich and Sophie Martynowski.
Family and friends will be received at Jaycox-Jaworski Funeral Home & Crematory on Monday, November 8, 2021, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, November 9, 2021, at 10 a.m. at Corpus Christi Church. Burial and military honors will follow at St. Mary Polish Cemetery. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.jaycox-jaworskifh.com.
The family would like to thank St. Anne Home and Heartland Hospice for the care they provided to our dear Pap during his final months.
Chris Odasso, Supervisor.
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