Joseph A. Szczesny, 94 of Batavia, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 25, 2016. Born July 4, 1922 in Buffalo, he was the son of Walter and Veronica Pastecki Szczesny. Joseph’s life was centered around his family and his faith. He was proud of his Polish culture and heritage and enjoyed traveling and gardening. Joseph was a Veteran of World War II serving in the U.S. Navy from 1942-1946. He retired from the former Doehler-Jarvis Manufacturing Co. in Batavia after 35 years. He was a member of Ascension Parish, the Holy Name Society and the Polish Falcons.
He was predeceased by his wife of 64 years, Antoinette “Tosh” Szczesny, who died January 28, 2012, brother, Walter Szczesny sister, Monica Fiorella, brothers-in-law, Nicholas DiFilippo, Joseph Fortunato and Philip Fiorella, and sister-in-law, Rose Szczesny.
Joseph is survived by his children, Thomas (Frances) Szczesny, Marlboro, N.J., Mary (Van) Rodenhizer of Oakfield, the Reverend Walter J. Szczesny of Lockport, Veronica (Jerzy) Ryszkiewicz, Staten Island, Timothy (Donna) Szczesny, Binghamton and Joseph (Allison) Szczesny of Minot, ME. He leaves behind treasured grandchildren, Spencer (Elana), Alex, Laura and Timothy Szczesny, Kathryn (Christian Guirreri) Rodenhizer, Paula and Thomas Ryszkiewicz. great-granddaughters, Abigail and Sadie Szczesny, sisters, Helen Fortunato and Veronica “Dolly” DiFilippo, both of Batavia and many nieces and nephews.
Family will receive friends from 4:00 until 8:00 pm, Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at the J. LEONARD MCANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 Bogue Avenue, Batavia. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Reverend Walter J. Szczesny, 10:00 am, Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at Ascension Parish, 15 Sumner Street, Batavia. Interment will follow services in St. Cecelia Cemetery, Oakfield.
Memorial contributions in Joseph’s name may be made to All Saints Parish, 76 Church Street, Lockport, NY 14094. To forward condolences please visit www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.
ARRANGEMENTS WERE ENTRUSTED TO THE J. LEONARD MCANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 BOGUE AVE., BATAVIA, NY 14020, RONALD KONIECZNY II, DIRECTOR.