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Joseph Kerzetski 59 years, San Clemente, Calif., died Wednesday. He was the husband of the former Andrea Manzione Dorsey.
Born Aug. 27, 1956 in Scranton, he was the son of Michael and his wife Linda, Las Vegas, Nev., and the late Catherine (Ruane) Kerzetski.
Joe grew up in Dalton, and in his later years moved to Clarks Summit. He recently moved to San Clemente, Calif. He was a graduate of Lackawanna Trail High School. He was partner of JJ Bridjes Restaurant, Clarks Summit, where he also was a cook.
Joe K was diamonds. His genuine laugh made the room sparkle, and he loved to laugh. He loved to golf and to cook, and he loved his family. Joe had a passion for music. He would play a song, usually country, as loud as he could in his living room and let the emotion of the song fill his heart.
His favorite song to hear was anything that his daughter sang, she was his "peanut." Joe K ran a kitchen with strength and a kind heart, not an easy feat in the heat and chaos, but Joe had a way of being the calm in a storm. When times were tough, Joe K was the one to give a hug and say that everything was going to be okay.
He taught his grandchildren that there was no such thing as perfect. He wanted them to be kind to themselves. He wanted them to know that it was okay to make mistakes and that no matter what they would still be loved. Papa Joe K was loved by all and especially by his "buddy" and wife, Andrea, who he loved to be next to. Joe K will be missed, but we know that he is forever our angel, shining like diamonds with the stars.
Also surviving is one daughter, Lori Kerzetski, San Diego, Calif.; a sister, Mary Yablonski and husband, Edward, Fort Myers, Fla.; two brothers, John Kerzetski and Michael Kerzetski and wife, Jenny, all of Clarks Summit; a stepson, Charles Dorsey and wife, Julie, Ithaca, N.Y.; three stepdaughters, Erin Konstantine and husband, Alex, Burbank, Calif.; Elizabeth Dorsey and fiancAC., Michael Szymanski, Scranton; Jane Ross and husband, Nate, Nicholson; nephews, Jon Kerzetski and fiancAC.e, Taryn Nichols, Philadelphia; Patrick Kerzetski, Boulder, Colo.; nieces, Brooke Yablonski, Naples, Fla.; Catherine Kerzetski, Boulder Colo.; nine grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by a sister, Elizabeth Kerzetski.
A graveside service will be held Monday at 1 p.m. in Clarks Green Cemetery, with services by the Rev. John M. Lapera.
Arrangements are entrusted in the Jennings-Calvey Funeral and Cremation Service Inc., 111 Colburn Ave., Clarks Summit, PA 18411.
For directions or to leave an online condolence, visit the funeral home website.
So sorry for your loss,always a good guy,he will be missed by everyone.
David Plummer Mar 14 2016 12:00 AM
I knew Joe since he was six years old. He was agree at kid who turned into a great man and humon being. Once asked by his father at age 8 or 9 what he wanted for his birthday he said "Just a dollar dad"! That's Joe then and forever. May God be good to him
Anthony Malinauskas Mar 14 2016 12:00 AM
God Bless you Joe. You will be missed. Your friend Tom Keiper.
Thomas Keiper Mar 14 2016 12:00 AM
I am so sorry ..my prayers are with you..Joe was a great guy. .he will be sadly missed....He is now a beautiful Angel....and he will be with all of you always
Debbie Curmaci Mar 14 2016 12:00 AM
I remember how Joe managed the kitchen when I was at Johns washing all those schorched pans. The fire and heat was pretty real and intense yet he was calm within the storm way back then too. Much to his credit, I felt like a valued employee and team member because of Joe. I'm greatful to have worked with him and shared a laugh or two or three. May he Rest in Peace.
John Urban Mar 13 2016 12:00 AM
Wayne and I will think of Joe when we sit down to a wonderful Italian dinner, which we enjoyed on occasion with he and Andrea when they were visiting Erin and Alex in L.A. And, he will especially be with us when we watch "Columbo" re-runs. Rest in peace, dear Joe.
Wayne and Sharon Williams Mar 13 2016 12:00 AM
My heart goes out to Joe's family,Mary,John,Mike,Mr K and of course Andy and Lori. Joe was a neighbor,classmate, team mate, little league champion, battery mate and work mate, but most important a friend. His infectious smile, laugh and enthusiasm will be something we will have to remember for ever.
Marty McAndrew Mar 13 2016 12:00 AM
Ellen and I are sorry for your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Joe was a great guy I will always remember our Pearl diving days at the ryah house and arguing who's better the Yankees or the Orioles.
Vince mcguigan Mar 12 2016 12:00 AM
Andy and family, We send our love to you at this difficult time. Our thoughts are with you. Love, Chris and Rhoda
Chris and Rhoda Dellecave Mar 12 2016 12:00 AM
What a kind and gentle soul. His laugh will be missed. Condolences to his immediate family and the many friends that Joe touched through his years of dedication to making everyone's "night out" a pleasure. Peace be with you, and God love you Joe.
Rick V Mar 12 2016 12:00 AM