joseph zdybicki
Joseph M. Zdybicki, 88, of Weirton died Sunday October 17, 2004, at the Weirton Geriatric Center. He will be sadly missed by family, friends, nieces, and nephews. He was born on January 13, 1916, in Burgettstown, PA, the son of the late Joseph and Catherine Drazik Zdybicki. Joseph was also preceded in death by his two brothers, Steve and John; his two sisters, Helen Chastulik and Agnes Kowalski; his two grandchildren Corey James, and Joshua Joseph Winkler. Joseph retired from National Steel, where he was a heavy equipment operator for 29 1/2 years. He served his country in World War II in the 617th engineers base equipment company of the US Army. Joseph was a member of the Saint Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church, Holy Name Society, Knights of Columbus 3734, Weirton Steel 25 Year Club, VFW, and a life long member of the Weirton Madonna Boosters. He is survived by his wife Helen Aftanas Zdybicki, whom he married on November 9, 1940; two daughters, Catherine Hock and her husband John of Alpharetta, GA, and Joanne Winkler of Weirton, WV; a brother, Stanley Zdybicki, of Hookstown, PA; three sisters, Bertha Markivich of Burgettstown, PA, Mary Urban of Cannonsburg, PA, Sophie Pichora of Arvada , CO; six grandchildren, John, Ericca, Michael, Christopher, Wendie, Erik; three great grandchildren, Samantha, Matthew, and Kaitlyn. Visitation will be 2-4 & 7-9 PM Tuesday at the Greco Hertnick Funeral Home 3219 Main Street Weirton, WV. A Knights of Columbus Rosary will be recited Tuesday at 7 PM in the funeral home Funeral Liturgy with Mass will be celebrated 11 AM Wednesday at the Saint Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church. Interment will follow at the Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery, Burgettstown, PA, with military graveside services conducted. Memorial contributions may be made to the Saint Joseph Building Fund 229 California Avenue Weirton, WV 26062. Share tributes with his family at

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  1. Dear Joanne & Family, My thoughts and prayers are with you. I am so sorry I cannot be there with you but I send my love. Love, Patty

  2. Cathy and family, I am so sorry to hear about your dad passing away. You are all in our prayers at this difficult time.

  3. Cathy, I am so sorry to hear of your father’s passing. I have fond memories of him especially when I was coaching football at Madonna. He was always there to support the coaching staff and team. He was a regular at the Booster meetings and was a positive force for Madonna athletics. As I think back to those days, the most vivid image that comes to mind about your dad is his huge smile – he was always smiling! I don’t have an image in my memory of that smile not being there. I know he will be missed. You and your family are in my prayers. Rich

  4. Oh Cathy, So many memories come to mind as I think about your dad during our high school days. Poor guy–trying to figure out what we were up to. I didn’t know him well but he always seemed so sweet and kind and I know this is such a difficult time. My thoughts and hugs are with you, your family and especially your dad. Take good care, Deya

  5. Dear Cathie and Family, I am with you in spirit, I’ll pray for you all. After seeing you dad in uniform I could only think of one song that I love dearly, “Eternal Father, Strong to Save”. The person that wrote these words is unknown… “God, Who dost still the restless foam, Protect the ones we love at home. Provide that they should always be By Thine own grace both safe and free. O Father, hear us when we pray For those we love so far away. Forever your friend Cathie and family in Christ Jesus’ Name. Peter Pavlik and Family

  6. My uncle, Andrew, was Joseph’s roommate at the Geriatric Center for the past several months, and we have become very fond of him. He has become almost a part of our family, too. We’ll truly miss his sweet smile. Deepest sympathy on your loss. Kathy Cihota

  7. Dear Cathie and Family: Please accept our deepest sympathy on the loss of your father. I can’t say that I really knew him well but I do recall him and Mr. McNeal collecting at the ballgames and they were two of the nicest and feistiest people I’ve ever met. I am sure that he will be sadly missed by you and all who knew him and loved him. I regret that neither Sam nor I can be there with you — Sam is at a concert with the Weirton Steel Male Chorus and I have Joshua for these two days and he is loaded down with homework. I will try to make the funeral on Wednesday. I am scheduled to work but will try to get away for that hour or so. If I can’t please forgive me. May Our Dear Lord be your comfort and peace during these days and the days ahead. Much love. Sam & Josie

  8. JoAnne, Sorry to hear about the passing of your father. He was in the same room with my uncle, Andrew Kashute, at the Weirton Geriatric Center. We have known your father for several months and were fond of him.

  9. Dear Cathy & Family, We were so sorry to read of your Dad’s passing. It’s very hard losing a parent, but we pray that your good memories will always comfort you and your family. Please pass along our prayers to your Mom. So sorry were not able to get down to see you, please accept our very deepest sympathy for you, Joanne, your Mom and families. Judy and I would love to see you when you’re back in town sometime. With love and friendship, Mike and Janice (Nichols) Petrovich

  10. Dear Cathy and family, We were so sorry to hear about your Dad’s passing..We know how very hard it is to lose a parent. I remember him as a very kind man….Try to always remember your happy times with him, I’m sure you have plenty…You and your Mom and Joanne are in our prayers during this sad time..You have our sympathy and friendship. Love Terry and Judy Nichols Waugh Would love to get together with you some time for lunch and a good chat, maybe when you’re in town…..Our number is in the book. (Janice’s and mine both). God Bless.

  11. We all miss you Grandpa. Knowing your not physically here makes Christmas alot different this year. Thank you for being there when we needed you.

  12. Hard to believe it’s been a year Grandpa. I hope you some kind of sense in how everyone’s doing. I can still hear you. Memories are still strong.

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