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Joseph Orzechowski

Joseph Orzechowski

Joseph “Joe” Orzechowski, 85, of Marissa, IL; born on November 24, 1931 in Cleveland, OH died peacefully on November 5, 2017 at Coulterville Rehabilitation and Health Center.

Joe was a Korean War Air Force veteran and was a member of the First Baptist Church, Marissa, IL. He retired from Civil Service, Department of the Army in 1990.

He was preceded in death by his father and step-mother – Joseph and Stella Orzechowski, Sr. and his mother – Mary Wojnar.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Marie Janette, nee Kane, Orzechowski, whom he married on October 2, 1954. Two sons – Terry (Maggie) Orzechowski of Laural Bay, SC; David (Barbara) Orzechowski of Marissa, IL. Four grandchildren – Gloria (Ryan) Mabry; Timothy Orzechowski; Alan (Danielle) Orzechowski; Megan (Brandon) Fritsche. Seven great-grandchildren – Elayna Mabry; Cora Mabry; Jacob Mabry; Brianna Orzechowski; Bryson Orzechowski; Bradon Fritsche; Brantley Fristsche.

Memorials may be made to Heartland Hospice.

Condolences to the family may be expressed online at

Visitation: Friends may call the First Baptist Church in Marissa, IL on Saturday, November 11, 2017 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm.

Funeral: Services will be held at the First Baptist Church in Marissa, IL on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 2:00pm with Pastors Jim and Deb Harkness officiating.

Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in Marissa, IL is in charge of arrangements.

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  1. Administrator says:

    I was sorry to read of Joe’s passing. I remember my twin Lewis and I playing with David at their home as young kids. After moving away to CA, I enjoyed stopping by to visit Joe and Marie on subsequent visits to Marissa. Prayers uplifted and sympathys extended to Marie.

    Posted by: Curtis Paul Lawson – Montgomery, TX – Family Friend Nov 07, 2017

  2. Administrator says:

    Marie – Thoughts and prayers to you and your family. Joe was one of those good “ole guys”. We all have good memories of First Bapist. May God be with you today, tomorrow and in the coming weeks. Ken and Sherri

    Posted by: sherri wildt – Seminole, FL – Friend Nov 07, 2017

  3. Administrator says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. He was one of a kind. I will never forget how he always treated me good. I still cherish the trips to Mo. and him teaching me canasta. Mrs. Orzechowski, David and the rest of the family…. I love you all. Mr. Orzechowski will definitely be missed. Thank you for sharing him with us.

    Posted by: Phillip Easton – Tilden, IL – Friend Nov 07, 2017

  4. Administrator says:

    Sorry For Your Loss. Please accept this electronic message in lieu of a Sympathy Card. Local National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) volunteers provide help in reporting the death of any federal civilian retiree or a retiree’s spouse to proper authorities. They will explain the process as needed and if requested, can report the death to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM 888-767-6738) for you. They can also assist in filling out claim forms for survivor benefits and

    Posted by: Gene Wiggins NARFE Chap. 1019 – Mascoutah, IL Nov 08, 2017

  5. Administrator says:

    Mr. Orzechowski always had a smile and a kind word. My sympathy and prayers for his family.

    Posted by: Karen Forsythe Knight – Destin, FL – Family Friend Nov 08, 2017

  6. Administrator says:

    Dear Marie (and all your family) I was so very sad to hear about Joe. I love you so much Marie and just feel so sad for you!!! I have been 3 years without Bob and so I know how much your life will change and has already. I was hoping you’d never have to be without Joe. I loved him very much too. Sending you a special kind of hug. Your cousin, Virginia

    Posted by: Virginia Kane – Hastings, MI – Family Nov 09, 2017

  7. Administrator says:

    Sending thoughts and prayers…. such a wonderful man, always smiling and bragging about his grandchildren..

    Posted by: A friend Nov 12, 2017

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