SPOTSWOOD - JOSEPH ZIENKOWICZ passed away Wednesday, July 3, 2019, at home. He was 72.
Born in New Brunswick, he resided in East Brunswick before moving to Spotswood, 40 years ago.
Prior to retiring in 2009, he worked as a music teacher for East Brunswick Public Schools, with the goal of always inspiring students to strive toward their goals and success in their life and musical careers. He enjoyed trips to Atlantic City and cruising, near and far.
He was a Communicant of St. Thomas the Apostle R.C. Church, Old Bridge and a member of their Council #4815, Knights of Columbus.
Joseph was predeceased by his parents, Stanley and Grace Zienkowicz.
Surviving are his first cousin, Dolores Tartza and her husband, Stephen, of Bayville, NJ, and second cousins, Dawn Noritsky of Lititz, PA, Robin Gregor of Milltown, and Donna Tartza of North Brunswick.
Also surviving are first cousin, Rosemarie DiRisi of Port St. Lucie, FL, and second cousins, Kathryn Izzo of Long Valley, NJ, Christine Gutierrez of Bryn Mawr, PA.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, July 10, 2019, at 10:15 AM, at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Old Bridge, under the direction of The BRUNSWICK MEMORIAL HOME, East Brunswick. Interment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, East Brunswick.
Friends may visit at the funeral home, 454 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick, on Tuesday, July 9th, from 4:00-8:00 PM. For directions, please see the "Services" page.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family, in care of Donna L. Tartza, 208 Copeley Way, North Brunswick, NJ 08902.
Joe’s baptism 1947 - Godmother Barbara Douglas & Godfather John Stasienko.
Mom and I on the Porch!
Mr. Z was my band teacher at Hammarskjold1984-86. He definitely inspired me to have enjoy music and playing the flute. My favorite memory was making him laugh, by connecting my mouth piece with the end piece of my flute (leaving out the whole middle with the keys) and playing mary had a little lamb for him. He was a great teacher and a wonderful guy. Always had a smile and you could tell he really enjoyed teaching. If he had taught at the high school, I am sure I would have continued to play the flute. Thank you Mr Z, you have left an impact on my life I will never forget. God bless your newest Angel.
With Deepest Sympathy,
Sherry Waleiko (Slovinsky)
I am so sad to hear about Joe's passing. I have known and worked with Joe since 1984 at HMS. He was a super guy and had a wonderful sense of humor. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him. May God Bless Joe and grant you all peace of mind.
With deepest sympathy,
Rest in peace Mr.Z! You were a wonderful teacher!
Mr. Zienkowicz was a wonderful person. I first met him at Hammarskjold Middle School in 1999. He is going to be sorely missed by everyone who knew him over the years.
Gone too soon. Rest in Peace. Joan Kupchynsky
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