Joseph F. Kubasik Sr., 82, of 481 Rouse Hill Road, Clymer, N.Y., passed away Sunday, August 28, 2011, at Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Erie, Pa.
He was born on December 19, 1928, in Erie, a son of the late Joseph and Bertha Saharski Kubasik.
“He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, who adored his family more than anything. Along with his family, Joe loved polka music and played bass for both polka and country bands for over fifty years. His beautiful wife of fifty-six years stood by him through his time in the Air Force, and attended all of the shows he put on with his band, raising their family and enjoying time with their grandchildren. In his twelve years in the Air Force, Joseph was stationed in Alaska and Long Island as a weatherman. While stationed in Long Island, he had a chance to play with many big name musicians, including Louis Armstrong. Even in his older years, he continued to attend polka dances every Sunday morning. The amount of love, happiness, and tenderness his family felt for him is indescribable. Not a day will go by that we won't think about him, picture his smile, and remember his laugh.”
Joseph is survived by his wife, Dolores Kubasik, of Clymer, N.Y., whom he married August 27, 1955, and they were married for 56 years.
He is also survived by his children, Joseph F. Kubasik Jr. of Clymer, N.Y., Mark G. (Sarah) Kubasik of Corry, Pa., Patrick C. (Wendy Chapman) Kubasik of Ellery, N.Y., Kimberly Himelein of Findley Lake, N.Y., and Kristofer M. (Karen) Kubasik of North East, Pa.; six granddaughters; one grandson; six great-grandchildren; and a sister, Elizabeth (Leonard) Weise of Erie, Pa.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by four sisters and one brother.
The family will receive friends at Spitzer Funeral Home, Clymer, on Wednesday, August 31, 2011, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, September 1, 2011, at St. Matthias Roman Catholic Church, with the Rev. Josef Dudzik as celebrant.
Interment will be at West Mina Cemetery.
Following graveside services, a luncheon will be held at the Kelly Hotel in Ripley, N.Y.