Wednesday, November 5, 2008 12:56 AM EST
WARETOWN Joseph Olkowski died peacefully at his home in Waretown on Oct. 15, 2008. He was 76.
Joe, nicknamed Povio in the Trenton area, was born on March 14, 1932, in Wilmington, Del. His father and mother, Thomas and Ann, then moved the family, including his brother Thomas and sisters Ann, Hattie and Monica, to the Trenton area and lived on Weinberg Street for many years.
Joe married the love of his life, Irene Milazewski, in 1956, and they settled down in Ewing Township for 25 years. Joseph and Irene had four children, Linda, Michael, David and Sharon. He was also blessed with five grandchildren, Julie, Andra, Magdalena, Thomas and Joseph.
In 1973, Joe moved the family to Waretown, a small town on the Jersey Shore, where Joe loved to fish and enjoy the family he loved so dearly. He was a proud, hard-working man who supported his family until the end. Joe had a life full of satisfaction that could only be achieved through family. Through his children and wife, he discovered the secret to the good life.
Joe was a lover or nature and the outdoors, an original conservationist long before it was hip to be so. He loved to fish and hunt with friends and family, and did so until his passing. He also loved to garden, hike, bird watch and rock hunt.
As a young man Joe played baseball in the minor leagues for the San Francisco Giants and Braves in 1951 and 1952. His best memory of his days in the minors was the time he pitched a game against Dodger great Johnny Podres.
Joe loved and appreciated his life and his family. As his grandchildren were born, he enjoyed sitting back and watching his family grow, knowing the next generation was in good hands.
Joseph is survived by his loving wife, Irene Olkowski; two sons, Michael and David; two daughters, Linda Picerno and Sharon Rossino; and four grandchildren, Andra, Magdalena, Thomas and Joseph. His two surviving sisters, Hattie Worek and Monica Salmastrelli, still live in the Trenton area.
Pursuant to his wishes, a private memorial service will be held on the Delaware River in upstate New York in 2009 at the convenience of his surviving family members.