May 7, 1922 ~ August 6, 2011
Zywiciel Jr., Joseph Frank, of Lawndale. A beloved husband, father of 10, grandfather of 18, great grandfather of 16, and friend to all he met, Joseph departed this world on Saturday morning, August 6, 2011. Born May 7, 1922 in Chicago, IL Joseph was the eldest in a family of three brothers and one sister. As a boy, Joseph traveled alone across the country to live with his grandfather in Hawthorne, eventually attending Leuzinger High School. Joseph enlisted in the Army in 1942 and served in England, the European Theater, and with occupying forces in Germany. Also during Army service in World War II, while based in England, Joseph was afflicted with 'love at first sight' when he met Vera, his future bride. After returning stateside, Joseph and Vera returned to Los Angeles in 1950 to raise their family, and enjoy their more than 66 years together as husband and wife. One could NEVER apply the moniker of 'Still Life' to the adventure that was life for Joseph. He was a man always in motion, with a genuine love for life, and those in his life. From opening and operating his own business to many years of employment with North American Aviation, to looking after and entertaining a family of ten children…..Joseph did not have the word 'quit' in his vocabulary. Once retired, Joseph was finally able to turn his perpetual motion approach to enjoy more leisurely pursuits. With friends enjoying bicycle rides on the strand, neighborhood poker nights, Hollywood Park and Del Mar, all were on the agenda. But of the greatest joy, were the opportunities to create with family, particularly grandchildren and great grandchildren, those special times missed earlier in life when the reality of providing for a family of ten demanded the lion share of his attentions. 'Husband', 'Dad', 'Papa', 'Grandpa', or just 'Joe'…..we will all miss you very much, and our lives will forever seem less bright with your passing. Until we meet again, always know we all love you very much. May God care for you and watch over you. You are one in a million.
Joseph is survived by wife, Vera; daughters, Vera (Jim Perez) and Susan Zywiciel; sons, Phillip, Ian, Barry, Brian, Dale, Dean, Robert, and Ben; as well as sister, Frances Hudspeth. Joseph was preceded in death by parents, Elsie and Joseph Zywiciel, and brothers Robert and Vincent. A gathering of family and friends will be held at Rice Mortuary on Sunday, August 14, 2011. Viewing from 10:00 am with the service starting at 1:00 pm in the chapel. A reception follows in Rice's Lighthouse Room until 4:00 pm. Burial will be private.
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