Joseph Charles Syiek,
89, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 22, 2010, at his
home in Concord, MA with family at his side. He was born
April 7, 1921, in Worcester, MA, the second son of the late
Charles S. Syiek and Nazira (Lian) Syiek, both of Worcester.
Joe grew up in Worcester among a large and loving family
including his brothers, George and Alfred. Joe served in the
Army during World War II and was wounded in action during
the Battle of the Bulge (more
After being honorably discharged, he returned to Worcester
and attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute, from which he
graduated with a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering.
He married Agnes Dorothy Johnson in Worcester on September
2, 1950, and was devoted to her until her
passing in 1985. Together they raised their family in
Concord, MA., near where Joe was employed as an engineer
with the U.S. Air Force at Hanscom Field
in Bedford, MA
until his retirement.
Joe and Agnes were loving parents to five childen who
survive him: Joseph and his wife Mary; James; John and his
wife Amy; Judy and her husband Tim Lafrancis and
Andrew. He is also survived by four
grandchildren: Joanna, Meaghan, Alex and Kevin; and many
wonderful cousins, nieces and nephews whom he dearly loved.
After retirement, Joe remained active in his church and with
the local Council on Aging where he organized a vision
support group for those suffering from macular degeneration
and other eye-related illnesses. Joe gave to everyone
generously, and loved to entertain and share good times with
all of his family and friends.
Friends were invited to visit with the family on June
24th from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Church, 256 Hamilton St. Worcester, MA. Joe's funeral
service was held Friday, June 25th at 10:00 am at Our Lady
of Perpetual Help. Burial followed in Hope Cemetery in
Donations in Joe's memory may be sent to the Concord
Friends of the Aging, 1276 Main Street, Concord, MA 01742
or to the Orphans of Lebanon, care of Our Lady of Perpetual
Help, 256 Hamilton Street, Worcester, MA, 01604.
The Mercadante Funeral Home & Chapel assisted the family with arrangements.