Mr. Joseph Wioncek

  • Died: January 10, 2020
  • Location: Salem, Massachusetts

Peterson-O'Donnell Funeral Home

Peterson-O'Donnell Funeral Home
167 Maple Street, Danvers, MA 01923
Tel. (978) 774-6600

Tribute & Message From The Family

Message From The Family

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SALEM-Mr. Joseph Wioncek, 94 of Salem, beloved husband of the late Mary (Raczkowski) Wioncek, passed away peacefully at his home on Friday, January 10, 2020 surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Niedzwiada, Poland he was the son of the late Paul and Mary (Chycut) Wioncek and was raised and educated in Poland. During World War II, Joe was sent to a Nazi work camp where he was forced to work hard each day just to survive. Thankfully, he was rescued and spent many months in the hospital recovering from his injuries. Upon his recovery, proud and determined to serve, Joe joined the Baltic Guard and was responsible for guarding prisoners standing trial for war crimes at Nuremberg.

Joseph immigrated to the United States and became a naturalized citizen, eventually settling in Salem, where along with his wife Mary, raised their family. Joe supported his family driving trucks for many years and was a proud member of the Teamsters Union. His work ethic was his hallmark; strong and dependable he always took great pride in a job done well.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who was most proud of his children and grandchildren's many accomplishments. He was devoted to his family and faith and always gave back when he could. He was an active member of St. John the Baptist Polish Church and volunteered for their weekly Bingo. He was an avid walker and loved being out in the sunshine. Joe will be fondly remembered for his devotion to his family, community and friends and will be deeply missed by them.

Surviving Joe are his daughters, Barbara Wioncek and her fiancé Stan Wrobel of Salem and Mary Sargent of Epping, NH, his sons, Joseph Paul Wioncek and his wife MaryEllen of Beverly and Matthew J. Wioncek of San Jose, CA his grandchildren, Meghan, Lindsay, Mary Kate, John Paul, Jillian, Joe, Elizabeth, Rebecca, Thure, Nathan and Liam, his great-grandchildren, Emma, Lily, Declan, Cedar, Theodore and Brayden and several nieces and nephews.

ARRANGEMENTS: A celebration of his life will be held in the Peterson-O'Donnell Funeral Home 167 Maple St., (Rte. 62) Danvers on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 10 AM. Relatives and friends invited. Burial in St. Mary's Cemetery, Salem. Visiting hours Monday, January 13th from 4 to 7 PM. Expressions of sympathy may be made in Joseph's memory to Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan St., Suite 102B, Danvers, MA 01923 or to North Shore Elder Services, 300 Rosewood Dr., Danvers, MA 01923. To Share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit


Condolence & Memory Journal

I fondly remember visiting Uncle Joe during my childhood. He was such a loving and welcoming man. Sending my love to Joe, Mary, Barbara and Matthew.

Posted by Melissa Parker - Lebanon, ME - Family   January 18, 2020

Remembering Mary's dad coming from Salem, MA to Epping, NH for many of his granddaughters' music concerts, school functions, and family functions. I always enjoyed seeing him. His warm happy smile and kindness remain fond memories.

Posted by Lorraine Sawyer - Exeter, NH - Family Friend   January 13, 2020

Remembering Mr Wioncek's nice manner and friendly smile. With sympathy & love - Kathy & David Hayes

Posted by Kathy Hayes - Peabody, MA - Family Friend   January 12, 2020

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